Internships and REUs
Alaska LTER Research Experiences
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 02:04 PM

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Arctic LTER

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking undergraduate applicants for several Arctic research projects. Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

Successful candidates will participate in field research on either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems in the Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska.

In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically engage in a small independent project that is linked to larger studies of lakes, streams, tundra or land-water interactions. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster describing their project near the end of the field season.

We anticipate funding for support of at least two REU positions during the 2014 field season, both in association with the Arctic LTER project.

Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 8-10 weeks during June, July and August. Travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station.

Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Applicants should be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity, and prepared to live in a field camp where cooperation with others is essential, personal privacy is limited, and living accommodations are spare and simple.

Application Link

Chicago Botanic Garden REU-Interns
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:51 AM

This summer, the Chicago Botanic Garden and partner institutions will host 10 NSF-REU interns (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) conducting research under the broad theme of plant biology and conservation, from genetic to ecosystem levels of inquiry.

Potential projects include work in systematics, conservation biology, restoration ecology, biogeochemistry, and related fields. Students will gain laboratory and field experience, participate in professional development activities, help mentor high-school student researchers, and enjoy a fun social environment.

Participation is restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduates after summer 2014. Interns will receive a stipend of $4,750 and room and board in downtown Chicago. Costs of travel to and from Chicago will be covered.

We encourage applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and students who have limited research opportunities at their home institutions.

The application deadline is January 31, 2014, and the 10-week program will run from June 9-August 15, 2014. For more information or to apply, visit

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:19 AM

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

  • Stipend of $5500 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply)

Application Deadline is Friday, February 7, 2014, midnight EST.

More details on the program and application

NEON Summer 2014 Internships
Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:58 PM

The NEON Internship Program is designed to provide qualified undergraduates with real-world summer work experience in their chosen field.

NEON accepts students from a variety of disciplines (e.g., Engineering, Science, Computing). NEON interns are involved with a variety of projects, from helping to design sensor assemblies to testing sampling protocols and analyzing data. See their How to Apply page for more information on this year's projects.

Benefits of a NEON Internship:

  • Real-world experience: Work on challenging projects in your chosen field
  • Mentorship: Interact one-on-one with NEON staff members
  • Networking: Join a supportive community of interns from around the country working in local scientific organizations
  • Full-time summer salary: Earn a competitive student salary for 10-12 weeks
  • Travel and lodging: Live and work in Boulder, CO (travel to Boulder and summer housing provided)
  • Making a difference: Contribute to building NEON from the ground up

More information:

Restoration Ecology Field Internship Position
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 07:39 AM

The Wilds' mission is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience.

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world. Internship positions are available through the Restoration Ecology Program at during the Spring and Summer semesters.

Below is a summary of the position:
Interns gain valuable hands-on experience, participate in land management projects and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest and grassland habitats.

  • Schedule: M-F, 9:00-5:00 Mid-June through Mid-August (flexible upon arrangement).
  • Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team.
  • Typical tasks: habitat management, control of invasive plants (hand pulling, mechanical and assisting with herbicide applications), vegetation monitoring and research plot maintenance.
  •  Skills training: vegetation identification, research methodology, GPS / GIS applications, biological monitoring and application of practical field methods.

As a Wilds intern, you will be provided with office space, use of a full laboratory, and computer stations. Sitting within the Evan S. Blumer Conservation Science Training Center Field Station (CSTC) complex is four cabins, one of which is ADA-accessible. These cabins can provide housing for visiting interns and are located in close proximity to the offices and classrooms.

The fee for the 10-week internship is $1,700.00 per intern and includes: • Lodging in our on-site cabins • On-site parking • Full access to our research center • Use of radios and CSTC gated entry • Pre-internship orientation • Mentoring in an independent research project.

  • The position is physically demanding at times, requiring outdoor work in hot, buggy and sometimes challenging conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.
  • interns do not receive monetary compensation; however the position is ideal for those interested in a career in conservation, natural resource management, land stewardship or ecological studies. Opportunities for school credit are available.

To apply, send your resume with references and a cover letter to the contact below. Please outline your interest in the position, what you would hope to gain from it and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All internships at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials to:
Shana Byrd
Restoration Ecology Program Director
The Wilds
14000 International Road
Cumberland, OH 43732
[email protected]

740-638-5030 ext. 2084

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