March 28, 2012
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in collaboration with the University of Virginia is seeking a forest ecology field intern with an interest in temperate forests and dendrochronology to start on or near May 14. The intern will assist in a research project inventorying aboveground and soil organic carbon within old-growth stands throughout the mid-Atlantic. Field tasks related to inventorying carbon include collecting tree increment and soil cores, measuring height and diameter of live stems and coarse woody debris, and woody vegetation identification. Approximately one day a week will be spent in the lab on data entry and measuring tree rings. The intern will be based out of Front Royal, VA; however, the majority of the summer will be spent travelling to field sites around the mid-Atlantic. The incumbent will be expected to camp for a portion of the field season.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in dendrochronology and eastern deciduous tree identification. Many of the field sites are remote and so a qualified applicant must be comfortable with hiking long distances on rugged terrain and navigating with a GPS and compass.
This is a three month assignment that comes with a $1200 per month stipend and group housing with other SCBI interns.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com before April
16th. Resume should include contact information for three references.