Internship Opportunities


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, announce the first year of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site, Exploring Evidence of the Anthropocene: Archaeological and Ecological Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for First Generation Students in the Upper Mississippi River System (NSF Award No.1659633). This REU site will offer students experiential, interdisciplinary research opportunities in archaeological and ecological sciences addressing topics related to the onset of the Anthropocene. Students will examine research questions related to deep-time environmental dynamics in the Upper Mississippi River System and changing environmental conditions. This eight week program will include five weeks of field research and data collection in both archaeology and ecology. The final three weeks will include integrating archaeological and ecological datasets to make meaningful inferences about the Anthropocene. REU participants will leave the program having generated and presented an original research poster while gaining practical research experiences.


The program will run from June 5 to July 28, 2017. Participants are expected to be present for the entire run of the program.


REU students will receive a weekly stipend of $500 per week (i.e., $4,000 for eight weeks). Housing accommodations will be provided for participants at no cost. Students will be responsible for their travel to and from Edwardsville for the start and end of the program. Students will also receive $300 in travel funds to present their research at the Mississippi River Research Consortium in the spring of 2018. Students will need to provide their own food (housing includes a shared, full kitchen and several grocery stores and dining facilities will be available to students). Students will also receive local transportation to and from various field and laboratory settings.


The goal of this REU is for participants to improve their proficiencies in scientific literacy and communication, interdisciplinary analysis, research writing, critical thinking, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills through an immersive research experience. Throughout the program, students will also gain experiences in archaeological experimental design and will conduct a team-based project focused on the comparison of archaeological and modern stable isotope ecology and trends in fish growth patterns. The following outlines the tentative weekly schedule.

Week 1: Students will focus on scientific theory and method and will be introduced to the ecology and archaeology of the Upper Mississippi River System. All students will receive an introduction to archaeological and ecological field work and safety training involved in field research. Students will form interdisciplinary research teams and begin to explore potential research topics.

Weeks 2-3: Students will gain practical experience in archaeological excavations and laboratory procedures, while also conducting fish population monitoring. Non-destructive sampling methods will include boat electrofishing, fyke netting, and hoop-netting.

Weeks 4-5: Working with comparative skeletal materials housed at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, students will learn zooarchaeological methods. Students will also learn how to analyze and process ecological data they have collected in the field.

Weeks 6-7:  Working in interdisciplinary teams, participants will summarize, analyze, and interpret data they collected along with data from long-term regional databases and monitoring programs.

Week 8: During the final week, students will produce an original research contribution to our understanding of the timing and scope of the Anthropocene. Students will create a research poster presented to regional scholars and researchers on the final day of the REU. This poster will also be presented at the Mississippi River Research Consortium in spring 2018.


While participating in this REU site, students will reside in dormitory facilities on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s campus, Edwardsville, IL. Archaeological field work will be conducted at the Gehring site, a multicomponent habitation site most intensely occupied by Native Americans during the Middle Woodland (50 cal. B.C. – A.D. 250) and Mississippian (cal. A. D. 1000 – 1300) periods. Ecological sampling will be conducted in the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Laboratory analysis will be conducted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Department of Anthropology Laboratory and the Great River Field Station in Alton, IL.

Who Can Apply

We seek applicants exiting their freshman or sophomore year of undergraduate studies. We will specifically facilitate education and career development content for first generation college students (students with neither parent completing a four-year degree upon entering college). Students who are first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply: preferences will be given to these students; however, applications from non-first generation students are also encouraged and will be fully considered.

Applicants should have an interest in interdisciplinary research spanning archaeology and ecology. Although students will engage mostly in archaeological and ecological research, undergraduates with interest in biology, biochemistry, environmental sciences, fisheries sciences, wildlife management, natural resources, anthropology, geology, and paleosciences will greatly benefit from the offered educational and career development programming. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. Students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (out of 4.0). Students graduating in the spring or summer of 2017 are not eligible for this REU site. Applicants should also be able to swim and conduct outdoor work under adverse conditions, such as very hot, humid temperatures.

How to Apply

The application includes: 1) application, online form or pdf form, (Please note that you do not need to submit both the online and pdf form. Submit the one that is most convenient for you.), 2) statement of interest, 3) unofficial transcript, and 4) two letters of recommendation.

  1. The application form can be found online or as a pdf. After completing the application form, you will need to send your statement of interest and unofficial transcript to Applications will not be considered until all application documents are received.
  2. Applicants should provide a statement of interest that speaks to the applicant’s main research interest specific to this program, career goals, and expected benefits from REU participation (please limit to 2 pages).
  3. An unofficial copy of transcripts from their current academic institution.
  4. Applicants also should have two referrers submit letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s ability to work in a challenging, immersive learning environment. One letter of recommendation must come from the student’s lead mentor at their current college or university. REU site leadership will be communicating with this lead mentor before the start of the program and once the summer research project is complete.

Applicants should directly email their statement of interest and unofficial transcripts to Letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommender directly to

Direct mailings can be sent to:

Dr. Carol E. Colaninno
Campus Box 2224
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Submission Deadline

All components of the application should be submitted by Monday, April 17, 2017 by 5:00 pm CST. You will receive notification when your application is received and complete.

Program Faculty

Dr. Carol E. Colaninno (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Center for STEM Education, Research, and Outreach) Research Interest: Long-term human-environmental interactions, zooarchaeology, public archeology, STEM education.

Dr. John H. Chick (University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, Great Rivers Field Station) Research Interest: Long-term ecological research, river ecology, community ecology, invasive species, habitat restoration, fish and zooplankton.

Dr. Andrew F. Casper (University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois River Biological Station) Research Interest: Rivers, watersheds, ecohydrology, floodplains, food webs, community ecology.

Dr. Sergiusz J. Czesny (University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, Lake Michigan Biological Station) Research Interest: Ecology and ecophysiology, ecosystem scale trophic interactions, population dynamics, early life history of fish.

Dr. James T. Lamer (Western Illinois University, Kibbe Field Station) Research Interest: Aquatic systems, aquatic invasive species, fish hybridization, fish population genetics, stream and large river ecology, long-term ecological monitoring.

Dr. Corey S. Ragsdale (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Department of Anthropology) Research Interest: Bioarchaeology, migratory patterns, skeletal and dental variation, past health and violence, Mesoamerica, American Southwest

Dr. Julie A. Zimmermann (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Department of Anthropology) Research Interest: American Bottom archaeology, Native American prehistory, zooarchaeology, prehistoric foodways, prehistoric environments.

Field Assistant

Field Assistant

Opportunity location: Montana

Job Description: We are looking for a field assistant to participate in a study of fire history and controls on burn severity in lower treeline forests within mixed severity fire regimes. The field assistant will work as part of an international team of scientists to collect dendroecological and stand structure data from sites in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Northern Continental Divide (Glacier National Park & surrounding areas).

Data collection will involve the use of increment borers to extract tree cores, handsaws and/or chainsaws to sample for fire scars, and basic forest survey techniques to sample stand structure. Field work will involve substantial off trail hiking, including through recent wildfire areas. Long periods of camping will be required. Candidates having completed basic coursework in ecology and with prior field work and/or research experience will be given priority. Candidates with Work Study are desirable, but this is not a requirement.

Qualifications: Successful applicants will possess some or all of the following characteristics:

  1. Familiarity with the basic forest ecology of the Northern Rockies.
  2. Familiarity with Montana flora.
  3. Possess their own basic camping and field gear equipment.
  4. Basic orienteering and map reading skills.
  5. Good physical fitness and the ability to hike off trail.
  6. The ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  7. Attentiveness to detail.
  8. Posses a valid drivers license and have the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Salary: $2,500
Duration: June-early August.Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
TO APPLY: please send a cover letter, two letters of recommendation (with appropriate contact info), and a resume to:

BLM Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail – Wilderness Internship

American Conservation Experience:
BLM Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail – Wilderness Internship

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bakersfield Field Office, is seeking twointerns to dedicate 6-months to the management, restoration and protection of the area’s diverse and significant natural and cultural resources. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals by further developing this dynamic program.

Start Date: As soon as filled
End Date: August 5, 2011

A 6-month commitment is required.

Location: The Bakersfield Field Office has stewardship responsibility for approximately 1.7 million acres of public land in and around the southern Sierra Nevadas.

Project Partner Website: For more information on the BLM Bakersfield field office please visit their website at:

Compensation: $175/week living stipend. Housing is not provided, but a $400/mo housing allowance will be included. Intern will also receive a one-time bonus of $1100 upon successful completion of the internship.

Position Description: The ACE wilderness interns will organize and coordinate field work within the BLM and partner organizations, and will prioritize overall duties as established by the supervisor. The interns will work on many aspects of National Scenic Trail and Wilderness management, including patrol of Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST), Wilderness boundaries and dispersed recreation sites associated with these resources. Workload is divided between monitoring, maintenance and inventory activities.

Monitoring will be conducted along the pacific crest trail and other parts of the wilderness. Interns will interact with wilderness users. They will coordinate tasks with BLM Wilderness Managers and Law Enforcement as the need arises.

Maintenance of the PCNST, Wilderness boundaries and dispersed recreation sites will be conducted as the need arises. The interns may be required to work with the PCNST Volunteer Groups and coordinate their work. Basic maintenance task will include signing wilderness boundaries, maintaining wilderness and informational kiosks, site clean-up and trail maintenance.

Ongoing inventory of trail condition and data collection on wilderness characteristics will be conducted. Interns are expected to use GPS equipment and field notes to record findings and prepare GIS information and reports as requested.

Work is predominately a field position – 75% of the time will be spent in an outdoor setting. The climate is generally arid. Temperatures frequently exceed 90 degrees during the summer months, and drop to 40 degrees in the winter months. Protective footgear, such as hard-toed boots may be required for protection from rattlesnake bites. The ACE interns may be required to work in remote areas of the field office. This includes driving four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and hikes of up to 4 miles over rough, uneven terrain. Walking, digging holes, painting, posting signs, and other general maintenance work will be required. Extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting up to 50 pounds is required. The remaining 25% of the time will be spent in office or public meeting facilities. Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week. Interns must be willing to work varied schedules throughout the spring and summer.

Project Background and Objectives: Individuals selected for this position will serve as interns for the BLM Bakersfield Field Office. The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful experiences for youth while also providing a benefit to public land resources and users. Interns will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with land managers on various projects. Participants will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.

Applicants must have a degree in biological sciences, Wilderness management and/or Policy, agriculture, natural resource management, recreation resource management, botany, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.

Required Skills:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 26
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required
  • Intern must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a criminal background check is required

Qualifications Desired

  • Interest in national trail and/or wilderness management
  • Ability to backpack for multiple tours in a Wilderness environment (tours last up to nine days)
  • Experience with Wilderness camping and Leave No Trace principals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with Wilderness visitors
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Some experience with use of GPS unit
  • Experienced photographer, photo editing and ESRI ARCMap / Google Earth desirable
  • Experience driving four wheel drive vehicles over rugged roads

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references in one document to with “BLM Bakersfield PCT/Wilderness Intern – ESA referred” in the subject heading of your email. The position announcement closes when filled; early consideration will be given as resumes are received. Please apply ASAP if interested.

Palomarin Field Station Research Internships

Palomarin Field Station Research Internships

Interns needed at PRBO Conservation Science’s Palomarin Field Station on the California coast, north of San Francisco. We have been studying songbirds at the Palomarin Field Station since 1965, with special focus on the breeding ecology of Wrentits and Song Sparrows. Fieldwork includes some combination of mist-netting, banding adults and nestlings, nest searching, habitat assessment, territory mapping, and conducting point count surveys in coastal scrub and riparian habitats. Banding internships include public and K-12 group outreach. All internships include data entry. Expect long hours in the field and office. Interns will become proficient in landbird monitoring techniques and learn about various aspects of avian ecology (hands-on and via scientific literature). Banding interns may participate in the North American Banding Council certification process. A strong interest in birds, self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office are required. Participants must be able to work independently as well as in groups. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable. A functioning pair of binoculars is required. Some of our internships require the use of a personal vehicle, current proof of insurance, and a driver’s license. Any use of personal vehicles for work will be reimbursed. Assistants are needed from early/mid March through July. On-site housing is provided.

This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($700 per month, gross). Submit applications online or email/mail a letter of interest describing previous experience with field research, specific dates of availability and whether or not you have a vehicle, a resume, and contact information for three references (Please note if applying to other positions within PRBO) to RENEE CORMIER, PRBO, P.O. Box 1157, Bolinas, CA 94924 (415-868-0655 ext. 316;

PhD Graduate Assistantship

PhD Graduate Assistantship
New Mexico State University

Project relates to source-sink dynamics in burrowing owl populations at an ecoregional scale in black-tailed prairie dog colonies with 6 study areas from Chihuahua Mexico to South Dakota. The Ph.D. student will work with capture-recapture and stable isotope databases related to survivorship, movement patterns and general ecology. Applicants should have a B.Sc, (M.Sc. preferred). Potential students should have an interest in mathematical modeling, working with large data sets and should have the skills to train and oversee a large crew of technicians.

Applications should include a letter of interest, CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin July 15th and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Send applications to Dr. Martha Desmond, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, Box 30003, MSC 4901, Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003. Send questions to

Conservation and Land Management Intern Program

Conservation and Land Management Intern Program
Chicago Botanic Garden, the Bureau of Land Management,
National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service

This is an amazing opportunity for recent and upcoming science graduates to learn about land management while working with a mentor in the western United States. We have current openings in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming beginning in June, 2008. The Conservation and Land Management Intern Program is a partnership between the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service.

Field duties may include: plant and wildlife monitoring and mapping; endangered species reintroduction; invasive species management; geographic data acquisition and analysis; biological assessments, sensitive species lists and conservation plans; fire ecology; land use planning; archaeology-related activities; recreation areas management; rangeland assessments; seed collection.

Travel and lodging expenses are covered for you to travel to Chicago in late May for a one-week training course held at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Training includes: Federal agency orientation; Endangered Species Act and associated programs; plant and animal identification and monitoring; GIS and mapping; and topographical map reading and GPS skills.

Compensation is $750.00/pay period (every two weeks)

How to Apply: Applicants must have a visa authorized for employment in the United States of America. Please send a letter of interest, school transcript(s), resume, and three letters of recommendation to:

This opportunity may also be conducted as a research component of a Masters program with Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden. For application information, visit:

For more information visit the website:

Summer Jobs in Soil Survey

Alaska Soil Survey Program

Summer Jobs in Soil Survey

Alaska Soil Survey Program

Homer, Alaska and Fairbanks Alaska

The Alaska soil survey program will be filling up to four Plant Ecologist (Bio-Technician) positions for the summer of 2008. Positions will be located in Homer, Alaska and in Fairbanks Alaska. Length of the assignments will be approximately 18 weeks for the surveys out of Homer (approximately June-October) and 12 weeks (June through August). This is a tremendous experience for qualified individuals to expand their botanical skills, learn soils, landforms, interpretations, mapping techniques, and apply ecological concepts, all while experiencing Alaska up close.

Requirements: Sophomore through Graduate level students who have strong botanical and plant identification skills, coursework and/or vegetation sampling experience, strong outdoor skills, and positive attitudes. Actual job duties and pay scales will be dependent on coursework and experience. The Plant Ecologist (Bio-Technician) will work with the Soil Scientist as a team to identify and describe plant communities, collect data and plant information, and assist in compilation of field data to describe ecological sites. Federal pay grades will range from GS-5 to GS-7 and include a 25 percent cost-of-living adjustment. Pay grade will be based on completed coursework and experience.

Additional Information: Please contact the Project Leader for specific information about the survey, housing situations, and field work. For general information about skills for the position you may also contact Michelle Schuman, Ecologist, 800 W. Evergreen, Palmer, AK 99645 (907) 761-7781

College Internship Opportunities in Marine Science

College Internship Opportunities in Marine Science
Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota, FL

Organization Description
Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1955 as a place “where people can learn more about the sea.” Today Mote, one of the few remaining independent marine research facilities in the United States, serves as a center for research, scientific collaboration, and public education focused on our marine environment. Mote has gained international recognition through the quality and diversity of its research conducted in over 50 countries by its multidisciplinary staff of recognized scientific research leaders. Unique to Mote is an adjacent public aquarium open daily with over 400,000 worldwide visitors annually and over 200 displays and educational programs originating from the Laboratory’s research.

Internship Program Mission
The mission of Mote’s College Internship Program is to inspire students with a life long appreciation and commitment to the conservation and sustainability of our oceans through a unique opportunity to explore hands-on the marine world and its inhabitants under the mentorship of recognized scientific research leaders in their respective fields of study.

Internship Description
Internships are available year-round. Duration of an internship runs from 8 to 16 weeks, with longer periods of time considered. Mote offers a wide variety of internships in seven different research centers as well as several support areas. The internship areas encompass aquaculture; animal care; environmental chemistry; coastal ecology; fisheries; marine mammal, sea turtle, and shark research. Research interns get hands-on experience in the field and laboratory with specific duties depending on research area but include animal care and surveys, acoustic monitoring, data processing and analysis, field collection, lab testing and maintenance. Support area interns gain valuable experience working in our animal care, public aquarium, communications, library, and education programs.

Applicable College Majors
Undergraduate, graduate, post graduate students are encouraged to apply as well as those taking a sabbatical in order to gain field experience. We seek primarily biology, chemistry, zoology, environmental science, ecology, aquaculture, fisheries, animal science, pre-veterinary, education, communications, aquarium management or related majors/minors for our internships. Under-represented groups in the sciences are encouraged to apply [Black, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander].

Internship Financial Information
Internships are unpaid. However a limited scholarship program is available. Mote provides assistance in locating housing but interns should plan on spending $75-$100 per week for housing, plus food and entertainment. Interns should arrange for their own transportation due to limited public transportation.

Application Deadline & Contact Information
Mote has a rolling application process, but deadlines apply for scholarship submittals. Summer and scholarship applications should be submitted as soon as possible due to high demand. Additional information regarding Mote, intern opportunities, and applications is available online at, or by contacting:
Dana O’Mara – College Intern Liaison: Phone: 941-388-4441, Ext. 462

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
“A non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in marine science”