Entomology Internship: New Mexico

National Park Service
Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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The Valles Caldera National Preserve is entering into our 2017 field season and we are seeking engaged students that are interested in gaining experience in a field and lab setting. We are pleased to offer a few internship positions for undergraduate or graduate students needing valuable hands-on, field and/or lab experience. This is a great opportunity that will be working directly with the preserve’s entomologist on a daily basis on a few different research projects. The research projects range from baseline data for the preserve, to looking at the change in insect communities in response to wildfires. There will be opportunities to gain fieldwork experience in other natural/cultural resource fields, such as plant ecology, hydrology, wildlife biology and archaeology. Here at the Valles Caldera, we have an extensive natural resources department that provides a great insight into the research that happens on a day-to-day basis within the National Park Service.

Some of the duties performed in this position will be:
~Carrying out terrestrial and aquatic invertebrate surveys
~Field and lab equipment maintenance
~Setting up multiple invertebrate traps
~Following instructions and standardized procedures in the field and lab
~Collects and organizes data
~Records and ensures quality control on data collected
~Classification of insects and related animal forms, such as spiders and mites
~Sorting and organizing samples previously collected
~Assisting with the maintenance of the preserve’s Arthropod collection
~Pinning and labeling specimens to add to the collection
~An open mind and willingness to learn
~Interest in working with insects using standard laboratory procedures
~The ability to hike long distances over rough terrain
~Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
~Ability to work in extreme weather conditions
~Attention to detail
~Strong communication skills
~Ability to work both independently and as a team member
~Sound academic training

While previous invertebrate experience is a bonus, it is not required, just a willingness to learn. Due to the learning curve of this position, we are requiring that a minimum two days a week commitment be made for the summer, Monday through Friday, with the possibility of some weekend options available. Flexibility on start and end dates are possible. Training will be provided. This position is unpaid and no housing is provided. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Alicia Schlarb. To apply, email your resume to Alicia Schlarb at alicia_schlarb@nps.gov.
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