Voluntariado/Prácticas de conservación en el Zoo de Memphis (TN, USA) ~ Bioblogia.net

3 de enero de 2017

Voluntariado/Prácticas de conservación en el Zoo de Memphis (TN, USA)

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Organization: Memphis Zoo
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Job or Internship: Research Internship
Dates: March 15 – June 15, 2017.
(Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.)
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

The Memphis Zoo Department of Research and Conservation is offering a
research assistant position in behavioral ecology and reproductive
physiology. This program offers a unique research experience in
conservation, with a chance to work with amphibians both in the lab and
in the field (roughly 80% lab work and 20% field work). Interns will
gain experience in a variety of field and laboratory techniques, such as
visual encounter surveys, hormone induced spermiaiton, sperm assessment,
captive breeding, in vitro fertilization, behavioral observations, and
morphological characterization. Additionally, interns will learn
strategies for communicating their science to broad audiences and will
have the opportunity of presenting their research findings in a
professional scientific setting.

Project synopsis:
Amidst the sixth mass extinction, amphibians are one of the most
threatened groups of animals, with more than 30% of amphibians (i.e.
over 2000 species) at risk of extinction. One of the ways to safeguard
species from extinction risks is to keep them in captive colonies. The
ultimate goal of captive colonies, however, is to enhance in situ
conservation of the species by releasing captive individuals and
increasing or reestablishing natural populations. A critical factor that
ultimately determines the success of captive release programs is whether
released individuals have the ability to adapt to natural environments.
With this in mind, we will be working on research projects that
investigate the behavior and morphology of tadpoles in an array of
different treatments.

Applicants must have a B.S. or at least three years of college level
course work in biology or a related field. Preference will be given to
individuals with a particular interest in behavioral ecology, leadership
ability, strong communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to
wildlife conservation. Experience with field studies, laboratory
techniques, data analysis, and amphibian biology is preferred, but not
required. Interns must be well organized and able to work well with a
team and independently

This is an unpaid internship with off-site housing provided. The
internship is offered as either a full-time (40 hr/wk) or part-time (24
hr/wk) position, depending on the applicant’s interest and financial
situation. Please state explicitly on the cover letter which type of
position is preferred.

Materials to submit:
Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2017 and should include a
letter of interest, CV, unofficial college transcript, and two letters
of recommendation. If possible, submit these materials as a single PDF
file. Recommendation letters may be emailed separately. All materials
should be emailed to volunteer@memphiszoo.org with the applicant’s last
name and “Research Internship” in the subject line. The letter of
interest should describe the applicant’s interests and experience
related to biology/wildlife with more detail than what is provided in
the CV. Applications with incomplete materials will not be considered.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please email
<info@memphiszoo.org> with “Research Internship” in the subject line.

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