International Training Program in Raptor Conservation at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s Acopian Center for Conservation Learning

Program Dates: Spring 2015 (March 5 – July 5, 2015)
Application Deadline: May 25, 2014

The American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE) will be making recommendations for candidates to participate in the International Training Program at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania. The training program offers hands-on learning and field experience to individuals committed to a career in natural-resource conservation with a focus on raptors. Trainees:

— Live on site for 4 months
— Learn basic techniques in conservation science and education
— Experience monitoring and conservation 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
— Gain exposure to satellite telemetry, banding, and GIS mapping
— Develop multicultural awareness and international partnerships

The program trains up to 14 exceptional individuals per year. Trainees are selected through a highly competitive process. The program covers costs of travel, accommodations, and meals. Candidates must have knowledge of English language and a high likelihood of continuing a career in natural-resource conservation.

Interested candidates from Armenia and Georgia are asked to send their names and candidature to the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment for pre-selection. To apply, send a) a cover letter explaining your motivation and background justifying selection into program; b) your curriculum vitae; and c) contacts for at least three academic and/or professional references.

All enquires and applications should be sent to ace@aua.am. Phone enquiries should be made to Ms. Asya Avagyan, AUA Acopian Center for the Environment at +374-10-512-520.

The AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (AUA ACE) is a research center of the American University of Armenia. AUA ACE promotes the protection and restoration of the natural environment through research, education, and community outreach. AUA ACE’s focus areas include sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, greening the built environment, clean energy and energy efficiency, as well as information technology and the environment.

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