Summer 2013 Research Internship

Position Summary:

Title: International Division Research Assistant
Supervisor: Daniel Lebbin, PhD, Conservation Biologist
Location: The Plains, VA
Status: Summer Internship, Temporary – Approximately, May 20 - August 14, 2013


American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the only conservation group whose sole mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC accomplishes its mission through direct action and by engaging the people, groups, resources, and strategies needed to succeed. It undertakes the full spectrum of bird conservation issues using advocacy and habitat conservation strategies.


American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is seeking a research assistant to assist the International Program with multiple projects. The person should also be able to work independently during short periods when the supervisor might be traveling internationally. The primary duties of this position will include:


Primary Duties:

  1. Writing, editing, and formatting potential scientific publications based on ABC-funded research in coordination with our international partners. Examples could include works using data from studies on Polylepis forests, Masked Antpitta distribution and breeding behavior, bird surveys in Costa Rica and Peru, among others.

  2. Writing, editing, and formatting popular syntheses. Examples could include Neotropical Birds Online accounts and online birding site profiles.


An ideal candidate is interested in science, birds, and conservation. Advanced undergraduate students or graduate students are eligible to apply. Applicants should be able to write clearly and concisely.  Experience publishing scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and ability to read and write in Spanish is preferred.  Experience with GIS and statistical analysis is also desired. 

Location, Duration, and Pay:

Location is in the ABC office in The Plains, VA. The internship will start on approximately May 20, 2013 and end on approximately August 14, 2013. Dates within this period are flexible. Hours would be 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Modest compensation may be available.


Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resume to