Deadline to Apply: October 16th, 2017
Decision Notification: October 23rd, 2017
Timeframe: January 15th, 2018 to April 10th, 2018 (86 days)
We encourage anyone (all backgrounds, all ages) interested in researching Giant Pandas to apply. However, the majority of the applicants are usually undergraduate seniors or recently graduated biology/conservation majors and our research requires good physical health and daily hiking sometimes in extremely rough terrain. Your primary responsibilities will be to conduct research on Giant Panda reintroduction projects.
You will be based predominantly in Gengda, China, working closely with the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) to conduct research on reintroduction efforts, as well as studying the effects of different weaning times of cubs. The Reintroduction intern’s job will be to setup camera traps in the field and to monitor and score videos after collecting the equipment. Other duties might include, cataloging fecal samples, downloading videos weekly, and writing a bi-monthly blog post.
With connections to the San Diego Zoo and CCRCGP this internship provides a well- rounded and practical experience perfect for building a career in international biological conservation or zoo biology.
The Reintroduction project has the potential to improve the selection methods for designating which bears are selected for release into the wild. Given the predicted results, PDXWildlife and the CCRCGP can provide a model system of reintroduction science that integrates both genetic and behavioral information to determine an optimal release and survivorship in the wild.
Accommodation will be in Gengda with running hot water, electricity, and internet. Heaters are either by gas or electric and are provided in the housing if you are staying over the winter months. You will be expected to keep up with daily housekeeping, cooking and shopping on your own. Panda interns are expected to work independently, with only minimal supervision,
managing their own time and meeting any assigned deadlines. You will usually be able to take at least one or two days off each week, depending on current work priorities.
On approved days off you can hike, go wildlife watching or take trips to other cities but this will all be on your own money. There are various cultural events you may attend with local friends, such as festivals and national holidays, which can provide a fascinating and very personal insight into local traditions. Medical facilities are extremely basic; anything beyond a minor medical emergency would require international evacuation where full medical facilities are
available. All interns are required to have adequate insurance to cover any costs that ensue, since a full medical evacuation back to Europe could cost up to 100,000GBP. We will need relevant medical history and proof of travel insurance if selected.
You will be expected and encouraged to learn some of the Chinese language in order to be integrated as fully as possible into the community during your stay. This will come quickly with daily immersion and opportunities to practice with local staff and students. It is a good idea to bring a dictionary and audio learning materials with you in order to facilitate your studies.
Interns are required to work for a minimum of ~3 months (refer to dates listed above) and pay a contribution of $2500 USD for the entire stay. This funding will contribute to the individual’s accommodation and research- associated costs during the internship (see below).
All interns are required to cover their own travel to the country (flights around $700- $1,000 USD from Portland, Oregon) and insurance. We require proof of insurance before starting of the internship. You are also required to cover your own food expenses. Average costs for shopping at the local grocery store is ~35 USD per week. Interns should budget approximately 400 USD for food (grocery store and dining out) while conducting their internship.
All interns are required to get their Chinese Visa on their own (PDXWildlife will help you with all questions). These can be obtained via sending your passport and visa application materials to the closest Chinese consulate or through an external company. Please contact your local consulate or external company for further details. Depending on the visa that you are approved for, you will possibly have to extend your visa in country at your own cost.
How to Apply:
Candidates are required to send the following items to PDXWildlife. Our submission email is email@example.com. Failure to submit any of the below items will cause your application to be incomplete.
1) Resume/CV that includes two references
2) Cover letter (see below)
Please state in your cover letter:
– Where you heard about PDXWildlife
– Your level of qualification as it pertains to research involving captive animals, animal behavior, wildlife conservation, and laboratory experience.
– Details of the experience you have either living / working / traveling in developing countries
– Your level of English & Chinese
Applicants may also be interested in reading our blog and joining our Facebook group for recent news and photos from our programs. We encourage you to email us with any questions you have.
Sincerely, Your PDXWildlife Panda Team
Meghan Martin-Wintle- firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Wintle- email@example.com
• Willing and able to serve a minimum of a 3 months or the above listed timeframe.
• Undergraduate, graduate, or degree in Convservation Biology, Biology, Natural Sciences, Education, Environmental Education or related field of studies, or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.
• Ability to do both sedentary office work and field work in areas requiring physical activity. Field work may involve considerable walking, bending and climbing over rough terrain while carrying backpacks with camera supplies. Applicants may be exposed to rain, snow, and extreme heat or cold.
• Passionate and knowledgeable about endangered species and conservation issues.
• Outstanding relationship building skills and ability to connect with people.
• Exceptional research, written, communication and presentation skills required.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
• Spoken and Written Chinese language ability is a plus... but not required
• References!!! (We need at least two, not related to the applicant)