Paid internship with turtles (Virginia, USA) ~

30 de junio de 2015

Paid internship with turtles (Virginia, USA)

We seek one intern to assist with the study of the population ecology, nesting ecology, and conservation of the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) in Virginia.

By Wilfried Berns (Wilfried Berns/ [CC BY-SA 2.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons

This project is coordinated with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and in conjunction with Virginia’s participation in the conservation planning and implementation for the wood turtle and associated riparian species of greatest conservation need from Maine to Virginia. Interns will assist with
population surveys following established survey protocols, radio-locate turtles and manage GPS data, collect detailed and accurate data (including genetic samples), provide technical assistance for
stakeholders, and help manage a collaborative wood turtle database.

This is a three month internship, starting September 28th, and is a full-time appointment (40 hours per week). There is an opportunity for extension up to a year.

The internship location will be at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. The SCBI has an active staff of conservation ecologists, veterinarians and reproductive specialists involved with conservation of plants and animals. Interns will participate in regular scheduled seminars, journal club and workshops related to conservation and ecology.

The stipend is $700-900 per month (dependent on education level, coursework, and skills) plus housing. Housing will be provided at the SCBI.

Candidates should have graduated from a college or university within the last 12 months and have undergraduate coursework in ecology, conservation biology or a closely related field. Knowledge and field experience with ecology and conservation issues is required. Individuals with previous mark-recapture and aquatic survey experience, and spatial data management and analysis skills (e.g. GIS) are especially encouraged to apply. Interns will have the ability to work long hours in cold and
wet conditions in remote field settings. They will take directions easily and work well with others, yet have the ability to work independently. Applicants should have plans for continued education or a
career in ecology or conservation.

To apply, please e-mail electronic copies of: 1) a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and career plans related to either internship; 2) a resume (including contact information for 2
references), and 3) college transcripts (unofficial OK) to Ellery Ruther at

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