Location: GWC Office, Concord, MA
Reports To: Senior Conservationist
Employee Classification: Part-time Volunteer Intern
Employment Status: Unpaid
Term: 24 hours/week either Tues-Thur or Wed-Fri from September 4th - Oct 26th (200 hours total; start date non-negotiable but end date flexible until Nov 9th)
The Conservation Intern will work with Zoo New England's Grassroots Wildlife Conservation (GWC) program on all aspects of our field conservation projects. Duties will include radio tracking turtles; checking turtle traps and turtle nests; conducting visual surveys for reptiles and amphibians, and planting and tending seedlings and other plant material for habitat restoration work.
The primary duty station for the position will be in Concord, MA, but will require travel to other field sites around Eastern Massachusetts. The technician will report to and be mentored by the Senior Field Technician. We will provide necessary field equipment, including chest waders and boots.
During this internship, interns must agree to abide by all Zoo New England regulations concerning safety and conduct. Depending on interest, there may be an opportunity for the intern to complete a project of their own design. At the end of the internship, interns will be evaluated by their supervisors and receive certificates for completing the program.
Work alongside Senior Field Biologist (and other ZNE staff) and assist with all field activities, including radio-telemetry, checking turtle traps and nests, marking/processing turtles, as well as planting projects.
Drive to field sites around Massachusetts
Complete other field assignments as required
Preferred candidates should be enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate program of studies in biology, zoology, or a related field.
Candidates must have a valid driver's license and personal vehicle to drive to field sites.
Qualified candidates will have an interest in wetland ecology and conservation, and be willing to do field work in any weather condition. Turtle tracking is arduous fieldwork, requiring hiking through dense brush, mud, swamps, and water.
Upon acceptance into the program students are required to submit written documentation from a physician or clinic of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months.
Please submit your application to https://goo.gl/forms/E2T4TIg4fQ7i8bu22. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so submit early for first consideration.