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SCBI-Forest Ecology Internship

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The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering internship opportunities with the Smithsonian’s Global Earth Observatory (SIGEO) initiative. The interns should have background in botany and forest ecology and will support staff activities associated with the recensus of the SCBI forest plot, the inventory of all woody plant species in a 25 hectare temperate deciduous forest plot established in 2008. S/he will acquire skills in vegetation inventory, data management, quality control and archiving, and botanical field work. The internship location will be at SCBI at Front Royal, VA. SCBI has an active staff of conservation ecologists, veterinarians and reproductive specialists involved with conservation of plants and animals. Interns will participate in regularly scheduled seminars, journal club and workshops related to conservation and ecology. A brief project report will be required of interns at the conclusion of their tenure.

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Interns should have graduated from a university within the last 12 months and have undergraduate coursework in botany, forest ecology, plant ecology, conservation biology or a closely related field. Some knowledge of the taxonomy and identifying characters of woody plant species of eastern U.S./mid-Atlantic region and experience with plant ID is highly desirable. In addition, the ability to work in hot and humid conditions, follow established survey and mapping protocols, and collect detailed and accurate data is required. Applicants should have plans for continued education or a career in forest ecology or conservation.



Contact : Bill McShea

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Apply Through: To apply, please e-mail electronic copies of: 1) a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and career plans; 2) a resume (including contact information for 2 references), and 3) college transcripts to by January 30, 2013.

Term: The maximum internship period is March 15 and end October 15 (the 7-month Virginia growing season), but shorter appointments during this period will be considered depending upon number of qualified applicants.

Stipend: The stipend is $600-800 per month (dependent on education level and coursework) plus housing.

Deadline: January 30, 2013 

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