SUMMARY: Woods Hole Research Center seeks applicants for two to three full-time summer research internship positions for projects that assess how management of suburban residential ecosystems controls plant, bird and insect communities, soil biogeochemistry, and the population structure of plant species that move between wildlands and residential areas.
Responsibilities: Fieldwork to quantify plant species composition, tree biomass, bird and insect abundance, soil composition, and plant water relations in suburban ecosystems. Sampling vegetation in residential areas and adjacent unmanaged lands within the Boston Metropolitan Region. Recording plant species and plant biomass. Bird surveys. Collections of insects in traps. Collection and processing of soil samples. Data organization and data analysis of vegetation patterns over time. Qualifications and Experience: Candidates must have coursework and/or field experience in ecology or environmental science. Knowledge of terrestrial plants of the Northeast U.S. or coastal Massachusetts desired. Basic laboratory skills required. Familiarity with spreadsheet software required. Basic familiarity with GIS software helpful. Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Preferred Qualifications: Some background in terrestrial ecology, soil science, botany, or ecosystems ecology preferred. Demonstrated skills in data organization, analysis and report writing preferred. Physical requirements: Must be in good health, capable of rigorous outdoor activity. Willing to endure occasional exposure to insects, ticks and poison ivy. Expected to live in the Woods Hole region. Application Deadline: May 15, 2018, or until filled. Appointment: This internship opportunity is for 40 hours per week for a 10-12 week period. Benefit: A stipend of $5600 to $6720 will be provided for the 10 to 12 week period. Desired Start Date: June 1, 2018 Application Instructions: To apply, please send cover letter referencing “Summer Research Internship # CNINT18”, resume/curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobopeni...@whrc.org. Please type “CNINT18” in the subject line. The Woods Hole Research Center is an independent, nonprofit institute focused on environmental science, education, and public policy. The WHRC focuses on combining analysis of satellite images of the Earth with field studies and computer models to better understand changes in the world’s ecosystems, from the thawing permafrost in the Arctic to the expanding agriculture regions of the tropics.