During this internship, the intern will work on several projects which aim to improve our knowledge of the factors contributing to local plant declines and test new methods for restoring those species and habitats. This internship will expose the student to a variety of methods used in plant conservation and field ecology, policies governing conservation of rare species, and the activities of land management organizations (including the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and non-profit land trusts). Specific activities will include conducting field research, participating in data collection for endangered plant populations, propagation of rare native species, seed collection, and updating both paper and computer records.
Candidates should have an interest in conservation biology and/or plant ecology as a field of study. Classes in biology would be helpful. Fieldwork, including travel, may sometimes require a 10-12 hour day, and overnight stays while traveling for field research. In addition to the main position disciplines (Biology and Earth/Environmental Science), students may also gain experience in botany and plant ecology.
A tent and sleeping bag might be required for some overnight trips. Transportation will be provided from our office in Corvallis to field study sites. Housing costs (e.g. camping fees and hotel/motel costs) and meals will be provided when overnight stays are required. Approximately 25% of the work will be conducted out-of-town/overnight (overnight work will be required only during some weeks, generally for 3 - 4 nights per week). The remainder of the work will be conducted during day trips to field sites (generally within a 1.5 hour drive from Corvallis).
To learn more about the Institute for Applied Ecology, visit www.appliedeco.org. Females, minorities, first-generation college-bound students, students with a primary language other than English, and students from low income households are strongly encouraged to apply.