Traineeship in Conservation Science

An International Training Program

Traineeship Application

Support the Trainee and Intern Endowment

The international training program in conservation science at Hawk Mountain provides hands-on learning and field experience for individuals committed to a career in natural-resource conservation. Trainees at Hawk Mountain...

  • Live on-site for 4 months
  • Learn basic techniques in conservation science and education
  • Experience monitoring and environmental education in a wildlife sanctuary
  • Learn how to work with volunteers, visitors and school groups
  • Learn how to apply for grants and fund their own research projects
  • Work on both an independent and a group project
  • Practice nature interpretation at the Sanctuary
  • Practice the latest methods in migration monitoring techniques
  • Use satellite telemetry, banding, and GIS mapping
  • Develop multicultural awareness and international partnerships

Hawk Mountain trains up to 14 exceptional individuals per year. Trainees are selected from Pennsylvania, the United States and abroad. Most are selected more than one year in advance.

To learn more:
Wendy Nicodemus, Operations/Trainee Coordinator
[email protected] or 570-943-3411 x101

Summer Field Experience Internships

North American undergraduates gain field experience

Ideal for undergraduates, the two-month Summer Field Experience offers exposure to and training in one or more aspects of fieldwork or data management at the Sanctuary. Emphasis is on training, and in particular, experiential learning with a focus on the Sanctuary's ecology. Trainees work shoulder-to-shoulder with professional mentors, and each individual completes a collaborative project while at the Sanctuary.

Summer field experience internships are designed specifically for upper-level North American college undergraduates who wish to contribute to Hawk Mountain's conservation efforts while learning aspects of conservation science. Summer field experience interns receive no stipend or pay, but do have access to resources at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning. 

To apply, contact:  
Wendy Nicodemus, Operations/Trainee Coordinator
[email protected] or 570-943-3411 x101

Academic Internships

Academic interns and other trainees benefit from the resources at the Acopian Center, including a 3,000-plus volume library of raptor literature.

Academic internships are available to local college undergraduates who are participating in internship programs in affiliation with academic institutions. Academic internships occur over one or more semesters, and are individually designed based on student interest and need. Internships involve three or more study hours per week on library, lab, or field projects conducted under the joint supervision of the intern's faculty supervisor and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary staff.

Academic internships are available throughout the school year and in summer, and are unpaid.

To apply, contact: 
Wendy Nicodemus, Operations/Trainee Coordinator
[email protected] or 570-943-3411 x101

Leadership Training

Leadership trainee Dr. Ruth Tingay, United Kingdom

This traineeship provides professional development for young conservation scientists who have completed graduate training and are established in the field. Training focuses on developing decision-making, team-building, and communications skills within a global context.

Leadership trainees work shoulder-to-shoulder with Sanctuary professionals on a special project, such as development of education curricula, summary analysis and interpretation of datasets, or the organization and interpretation of Sanctuary datasets.

Leadership trainees are identified on the basis of recent productivity in Conservation Science, and reside in the Scientist Residence during their stay. They also provide mentorship to the current class of Conservation Science Trainees.

To apply: Applications not accepted.
Leadership interns are identified based on merit, and invited for a position.

Project Soar Awards

Project Soar Award recipient Sergio Sepke will publish the first-ever field guide to raptors of South America.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary recognizes that training alone does not ensure successful careers in raptor conservation, and so trainees practice grant-proposal writing, and are introduced to potential funding agencies and foundations. Hawk Mountain also continues to provide trainees with news of funding opportunities after they leave the Sanctuary, and works with them to secure funding.

The Sanctuary also raises funds to offer competitive "incite" grants to support their individual projects and help them get started in the field. Grants are awarded on the basis of the scientific and conservation merit, and on the likelihood that work will contribute significantly to raptor conservation. All aspects of raptor science, education, and conservation are supported, with particular emphasis on the establishment of watchsites along important migration flyways, and on the study of raptors whose conservation status is threatened or uncertain.

To learn more about our Project Soar Awards, either to contribute to the fund or to apply, contact Dr. Laurie Goodrich at [email protected] or Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien at [email protected]

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