Internships and REUs
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

Fall Adirondack Residential Semester
Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:49 PM

SUNY-ESF’s Adirondack Residential Semester (ARS) is a five-course, 15-credit, interdisciplinary semester placing students in the center of the Adirondack Park, physically and intellectually.

The 14-week semester, open to any interested upper-division undergraduate or graduate students from the SUNY system or other public or private colleges and universities, is unlike any other Adirondack semester: from academic rigor to intellectually stimulation, unparalleled location to fantastic value, the ARS is the most rewarding field-based semester you will spend on or off (way off) campus.

More info here.

Univ. of Kentucky Summer REU program
Friday, February 08, 2013 06:20 PM

The University of Kentucky is pleased to announce that in the summer of 2013, we will again host a 10-week summer program for undergraduate research on suburban ecology and invasive species, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Ten students will be recruited from across the United States, and matched to faculty mentors who are conducting research on a wide variety of invasive species (e.g. house sparrows, Japanese honeysuckle) over a range of environments along an urban to rural gradient, from backyards to farms. Students will be exposed to the full spectrum of a research project, from the underlying ecological theory, the formulation of hypotheses, the design of experiments, the analyses of data, and the write up for publication.

This website  has all the program details and application instructions:

Summer Research at The Wetlands Institute
Monday, February 04, 2013 09:41 AM

Hosted by The Wetlands Institute, in Cape May County, NJ, the Coastal Conservation Research Program (CCRP) is a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduates interested in careers in fields related to conservation biology, ecology, and coastal ecosystems.

Located on 6,000 acres of coastal salt marsh, The Wetlands Institute promotes research, education, and conservation through a variety of methods including classes, field research, and local community involvement. The CCRP focuses its research and conservation efforts on issues related to our close proximity to the dense human population of the northeastern United States.

Over the past 20 years, nearly 200 college and university students from over 100 academic institutions throughout the United States and abroad have participated in our program. Our goal is to engage highly motivated undergraduate students in ecological research and community-based conservation. Ten undergraduate students will be selected to participate in this hands-on, field-oriented research program. Student participants in our program are expected to complete a research project during the summer under the direction of CCRP scientists. An annual research seminar is held at the end of the internship where all students give a short presentation of their work. Application deadline is March 1, 2013

For more information visit

or contact: Dan McLaughlin, ([email protected])

Integrative Biology and Ecology of Marine Organisms 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013 08:10 AM

Blinks - NSF REU - BEACON Internship Program
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Application deadline: March 1, 2013

Program dates: June 18 to August 10, 2013

Friday Harbor Laboratories' Blinks - NSF REU - BEACON Summer Internship Program seeks to link undergraduate students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects. The program takes advantage of the pristine environment, remarkable biodiversity, and the scientific and technical resources at University of Washington's marine science research facility. 

We have combined the NSF REU program with the Blinks Research Fellowship program, which targets groups who are historically underrepresented in the marine sciences, with the NSF-funded BEACON Program. With additional support from the United Negro College Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Anne Hof Blinks Memorial Fellowship, the Blinks-REU Program offers a full immersion research experience for motivated undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students.

In keeping with the University of Washington's policy of encouraging diversity in its student body including underrepresented groups, the program seeks 10-15 students of diverse backgrounds and interests to participate in a eight to twelve week summer research project in the marine sciences. By linking fellows with marine scientists in a 1:1 research experience, fellows learn both the process and the substance of scientific research. As the research progresses, fellows will be encouraged to become semi-independent collaborators. The experience will expose fellows to the life and work of a marine science research laboratory. The program will incorporate workshops, seminars and training sessions in addition to hands-on research.

Contact:  Scott Schwinge
[email protected]

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