Internships and REUs
Restoration Ecologist Internships
Sunday, March 08, 2015 12:15 PM

Number of positions: 3 internships
Location: The Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve, Sussex County, VA and Meadowview headquarters in Caroline County, VA
May 18 – July 31, 2015

Application Close Date: April 15, 2015

Please visit http://www.pitcherplant.org/About-Us/job-openings.html for full job description and job application

Compensation The internship comes with a monthly stipend of $250, free lodging at the Center or headquarters, and garden privileges from the intern vegetable garden.

Position Description & Requirements
The Restoration Ecologist Intern position is designed for a current biology student or a college graduate with a degree in the biological sciences. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2.

The intent of the program is to train the individual in the five step process of Meadowview Biological Research Station including discovery, propagation, research, reintroduction, and education. The work for two interns will focus on Meadowview’s Center for Biodiversity and adjoining 232 acre Joseph Pines Preserve. The third intern will work at Meadowview headquarters, nursery, Central Virginia Preserve, and will participate in educational outreach with a local environmental non-profit (Downtown Greens in Fredericksburg, Virginia).

The intern must: be able to produce well written reports; be in excellent physical condition; lift 50 pounds; possess a valid driver’s license and have an insured motor vehicle; be familiar and proficient with scientific methods, techniques, and tools. A focus of intern activity in 2015 will be on research to test the hypothesis that “Healthy Pitcher Plants Mean Healthy Water”. Meadowview expects a well rounded individual who can work with the public and represent the organization in a professional manner.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Control hardwood competition in longleaf pine stands, map and census rare plant populations, assist with cordwood collection
  • Collect data from monitoring wells on a daily basis and replace plastic pipes with fire resistant metal pipes, prepare biotic checklists, and perform seed bank analysis.
  • Provide general oversight of the Center for Biodiversity and Joseph Pines Preserve.
  • Assist in research projects, grant writing, newsletter production, intern manual, and research publications.
  • Provide brochures to general public, answer their questions, and have visitors sign guestbook.
  • Maintain center and intern living quarters by mopping, vacuuming, and dusting on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain intern vegetable garden
  • Assist horticulturist in plant sales and orders
  • Groom plant collection and weed walkways
  • Maintain greenhouse facilities and collection
  • Maintain outside plant bed collection.

Meadowview Biological Research Station
8390 Fredericksburg Tnpk.
Woodford, VA 22580.
www.pitcherplant.or,
meadowview@pitcherplant.org
804-633-4336

 
Mountain Research Station REU 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015 10:22 PM

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; a program funded by the National Science Foundation

A unique opportunity providing experience in field research in a dramatic mountain setting in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies We are accepting applications for the Summer 2015 program, and will start to evaluate applications after February 27, 2015.

The Mountain Research Station Research Experiences for Undergraduates program provides students with the opportunity to participate in research projects in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. More information about the University of Colorado REU program, the faculty involved, the host site, and the application process can be found in the web link below. Student participants will be housed at the Mountain Research Station. Participants will live in cabins at the station through the summer, offering an opportunity for participation in a unique, focused, research program.

http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/EEBprojects/reu/index.html

  • Meals and Housing are provided
  • Participants will be paid a $5250 stipend for the 10 week program.
 
Biosphere-Atmosphere REU (deadline extended)
Friday, February 20, 2015 10:16 PM

The University of Michigan Biological Station will continue accepting applications for its REU, “Biosphere-Atmosphere-Hydrosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment,” until Monday, March 2, 2015. This is an extension of the original February 2 deadline.

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. To optimize their chances of selection, we encourage students to submit their applications as soon as possible.

The REU summer program runs for nine weeks (June 23 - August 22, 2015) at the UM Biological Station on Douglas Lake in beautiful northern Michigan. Each REU participant will be mentored by a researcher or research team, and will receive a stipend of $5,000, travel and research supplies allowance, and free room and board at the Station.

REU is a nationally competitive, NSF-funded program open to rising college juniors or seniors.

 
CMU Research for Undergraduates 2015 program
Friday, January 30, 2015 09:53 AM

Central Michigan University is seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical, physical and biological aspects of the Lake Michigan nearshore shunt and its influence on nearshore-offshore coupling.

Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 1 – August 7, 2015, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island.

More information on the program and the online application are available at: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cst/cmubs/students/summer_research/Pages/default.aspx.

Applications, along with supporting materials, are due by Friday, February 27, 2015, with the final selection of participants expected by March 27, 2015.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to jessica.lapp@cmich.edu or by phone to 989-774-4401.

 
Highstead Ecology Internship
Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:28 AM

Location: Redding, CT

Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for two field ecology interns to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2015.  The major project will be to resample ~75-100 permanent forest vegetation plots on Highstead’s 100+ acre preserve.   Interns will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification.  Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-minute final presentation for Highstead staff.  The internship will likely include opportunities to visit/conduct field work at the Harvard Forest and the Quabbin Reservoir Forest in Massachusetts and perhaps other field sites in Northern Connecticut.

Qualifications:

Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, plant ecology, or related field.  Applicants should have previous experience with field work.  Successful applicants must
(1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges
(2)be enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny (i.e. Japanese barberry, multiflora rose) shrub layers
(3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database.

Supervision

Interns will be supervised primarily by Highstead’s ecologist with some supervision by Highstead’s operations director.

Position Dates: Monday, May 25 - Friday, August 7, 2015

Stipend: $5,000.00 and free furnished housing.

Website: http://www.highstead.net

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to jcologgi@highstead.net; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject

Accepting applications immediately.  Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March.

 
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