12-month research intern with the Echinacea Project: Illinois

Agency
The Echinacea Project
Location
Three months in Douglas County, MN and nine months in Chicago, IL
Job Category
Internships
Website
http://echinaceaproject.org/research-intern-2017/
Salary
$12 / hour. Summer housing in Minnesota is provided
Start Date
06/15/2017
Last Date to Apply
03/02/2017
Description
Two 12-month paid internships starting in June 2017 are available for individuals with interests in ecology and evolution and a commitment to conservation. We are looking to assemble a team of research interns with diverse skills and interests. We encourage individuals with a bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, entomology, statistics, computer science, or a related major to apply. This internship is a great opportunity for aspiring ecologists, conservation biologists, and evolutionary biologists to gain research experience and learn about the ecology and evolution of plants in fragmented prairies!

As a research intern, you will contribute to ongoing research on the conservation genetics, reproductive biology, and demography of the prairie plant Echinacea angustifolia. Summer fieldwork occurs in western Minnesota and greenhouse and lab activities are at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project. This project may involve field research, germinating seeds in the lab, organizing and analyzing a dataset, developing computer software, or other activities depending on the intern’s goals and interests. Potential project topics include: flowering phenology, mating compatibility, plant-aphid-ant interactions, plant quantitative genetics, and plant-pollinator interactions.

As an intern, you will participate in a variety of research and conservation-related activities, attend seminars, and interact closely with conservation scientists, graduate students, interns, researchers, and volunteers associated with Plant Conservation Science at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the graduate program in Plant Biology and Conservation at Northwestern.
Qualifications
Desired skills and experience for all applicants include: collecting and managing data, completing tasks independently and on time, conducting experiments, using maps, communicating clearly in writing, paying attention to detail, and working effectively with diverse people, including scientists, volunteers, students, and interns. Additionally, we will assemble a team including interns with complementary skills and interests above and beyond those listed above. Other valuable interests or experience include but are not limited to: performing outdoor physical work in adverse conditions, conducting statistical analyses, computer programming, using R, supervising citizen scientists, mentoring students, conducting artificial crosses, organizing and curating specimens, automating systems, outreach, growing plants, and identifying insects. If you are interested, please apply and let us know what you can contribute!

How to apply:
Specific instructions for applying can be found on the page http://echinaceaproject.org/research-intern-2017/
Applications should include a cover letter, resume and transcript as .pdf files. One reference letter of recommendation is required per applicant.
Applications are due on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Contact Person
Team Echinacea
Contact eMail
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