Amphibian Research Internship (Paid + Housing)

Memphis Zoo
Memphis, TN, USA
Job Category
Stipend + Housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
General Description: Memphis Zoo's Department of Conservation & Research is offering an internship in conservation biology. The position is available for upper-level undergraduate students and students 1-2 years post-college. This internship offers a unique research experience in a zoo setting working with scientists conducting cutting edge and frontline projects to save wildlife, and will provide valuable training in laboratory techniques, experimental design, and data analysis for many professional careers in general biology, conservation, ecology, and veterinary sciences. Specific Project & Internship Description: The Amphibian Research Intern will work under the supervision of Dr. Sinlan Poo. The intern will learn a variety of field and laboratory techniques, such as visual encounter surveys, field sampling, night surveys, amphibian husbandry, captive breeding, amphibian development, morphology assessments, and parasite identification. Interns will learn about research design and the scientific method, and will have the opportunity to interact with researchers and external collaborators from Arkansas State University. Please visit to learn more about the research in the Amphibian Lab. To apply for this position, a valid driver's license and the ability to bring your own vehicle (to travel to/from field sites) is required. Support Provided: 1) $12.10/hr stipend, and 2) Free housing will be provided in the Memphis Zoo's condominium located near the Zoo. The condominium has two bedrooms and houses up to four people per room. Interns may be required to share a bedroom with a same-sex roommate. Duration: This internship is full-time (40 hrs/week) for 12 weeks. Start date: June 1st, 2023.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants who have completed their bachelor's degrees in biology, zoology, ecology, animal behavior, or related fields. Applicants with previous research experience and an interest in pursuing attending graduate school or careers in ecology, herpetology, and conservation are strongly preferred. Requirements for this position include the ability to work within a diverse and inclusive team of researchers, follow instruction, and exhibit excellent oral and written skills. The intern may need to travel with their research mentor to additional work sites outside the zoo and may be working unconventional hours and on weekends. Ideal Candidate for Position: Who should apply? Interns with the following will benefit most from this opportunity: - Previous research experience with amphibians - Willingness to work long hours in the lab or field, depending on the project - Ability to engage respectfully with a diverse team of collaborators - Ability to work independently - Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and positive attitude Additional experience is a plus, including: - Experience with working on field research projects with amphibians - Experience with laboratory techniques - Experience with data analysis and scientific writing Materials to Submit: The application deadline is February 28th, 2023. However, applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the submission window may be closed earlier if a candidate is found before that date. Applications should be submitted online at Memphis Zoo's job board. Please make sure to submit the following application material as ONE PDF. Materials required include (1) a cover letter (2-page max), (2) CV, (3) unofficial college transcript, and (4) a list of contacts for three professional or academic references. In your cover letter, please explicitly state your earliest available start date and your ability to bring your own vehicle. Applications with incomplete materials will not be considered. Please contact Dr. Sinlan Poo (Curator of Research, Memphis Zoo, for any questions. Women and underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.
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