Animal Behavior & Conservation Connections (ABCC) Summer Internship

Location: Near Dover, DE
Position: Internship, Level I: Bird Care & Trainer, 20 hrs/week.
Qualification: Junior or Senior College Student

ABCC has an internship available May 30 to August 30, 2019. The position may work up to four days per week. Five hours per day. Average 20 hours per week. The position is based out of our facility near Dover, DE and may be required to participate in offsite events, weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings. Flexible schedule and ability to travel is preferred. The position requires hands-on animal care, husbandry, bird training, and public interaction.

The intern will possess a passion for working with birds and be motivated to learn. Education in animal behavior, wildlife education, biology, animal care or related experiences preferred. Preference given to junior or senior college students.

Responsibilities and qualities include:
-Honest, motivated, and reliable.
-Able and willing to take instructions and implement program as directed.
-Able to work independently or together in a team to achieve goals.
-Be comfortable working with birds.
-Be comfortable interacting with visitors.
-Be willing to learn handling and training of multiple bird species.
-Daily care, food prep, feeding, and cleaning of bird enclosures.
-Follow husbandry and training protocol as directed.
-Able to work indoors and outdoors.
-Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
-Be willing and able to travel to offsite programs.
-Have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle.
-Must be drug and drama free.
-Other duties as assigned.

ABCC is a private organization with a mission to provide connections between animals and people through education and interaction via natural behaviors. As a consequence of the connections, we strive to instill a sense of inspiration and conservation stewardship among visitors with whom we come in contact. We are able to do this by working with our animal partners using voluntary approaches to animal training and communication. Our team includes falcons, vultures, owls, hawks, macaws, storks, hornbills and jays to name a few. Our educational free-flight programs are featured at schools, State Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Universities, and Zoos in the US.

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three reference sources to Phung Luu, Director, ABCC at ptluu@msn.com with the subject title “Internship 2019” by 5 PM, May 16th 2019. A short 30 seconds video specifying your interest is a plus. Position available until filled.

Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Internship Positions

The Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the University of Delaware, offers two internship positions to Natural Resource Management and Wildlife Conservation students at UD.  The Stewardship Assistant internships are funded by The Nature Conservancy and will be administered through University of Delaware.

About us:  The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard.  Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.  Since its beginning in 1990, the Delaware Chapter has worked to protect over 30,000 acres in Delaware and owns and manages 5 Preserves totaling over 5,000 acres. Visit www.nature.org/delaware to learn more about the Delaware Chapter.

Stewardship Assistant Positions: Stewardship Assistant positions are short-term internships beginning June 03 and ending July 31.  Interns will work an average of 21 hours per week, over 3 consecutive days per week for a total of 189 internship hours.  Work will be focused on our Preserves and Easements. Interns will work out of The Nature Conservancy’s Milton office in conjunction with the chapter’s Land Steward who will be directing the internship. Interns will work together to complete field work and are required to have valid driver’s licenses to use The Nature Conservancy’s vehicle for field travel. Housing may be provided at The Nature Conservancy’s Edward H. McCabe Preserve. Details of housing will be further discussed with top candidates.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with preserve and easement monitoring and reporting which involves both field and office work.
  • Assist with habitat restoration projects. Work may include manual invasive species control, herbicide application or other work requiring physical exertion.
  • Assist with data collection including but not limited to seedling survivorship and fire effects.
  • Assist with basic preserve maintenance work including trail maintenance, fence and gate installation, property boundary posting, and kiosk display updates.
  • Some of the work for this internship will be independent and will require good writing and decision making skills.
  • Other projects may develop over the course of the internship.

Qualifications:

  • UD junior or senior year student currently enrolled as a Natural Resource Management or Wildlife Conservation major is preferred.
  • Ability to perform physical work, occasionally in adverse conditions in remote locations.
  • Strong writing skills and familiarity with all basic business software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Prior experience with power tools such as mowers, weed-eaters and chain saws is preferred.
  • Experience with or working knowledge of natural systems is preferred by not required.
  • Basic ArcGIS skills or experience is preferred but not required.

Auto Safety Policy: This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.  Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.”  Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.  Acceptance into this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective internee’s motor vehicle record.

Animal Careers Young Adult Conference

Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Brandywine Zoo Education Building
Cost
Members: $25
Non-members: $30

A one-day conference for people aged 14-22 who know they would like to work with animals, but are not sure what direction to go in! Hear speakers from various animal careers, including zoo professionals, field researchers, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators, and more who will present on their work and career paths.

Deadline to register is March 27th

 

 

 

Two Undergraduate Assistant Positions are available in the laboratory of Prof. Jung-Youn Lee.

About the lab
Research in Lee laboratory focuses on understanding how plant cells communicate using cellular, molecular, biochemical, and genetics approaches. The Lee lab (https://www.dbi.udel.edu/biographies/jung-youn-lee) is located at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute on Wyoming road.

About the position
Undergraduate assistants are needed to prepare and maintain plant materials and to help with basic lab maintenance. Students will be trained to prepare pots, plant seeds, culture seedlings to adult plants, and harvest seeds and to clean and organize lab wares. Students will be also trained on how to perform sterile culture techniques including media preps, seed sterilization, and seedling culture as needs arise. Work hours and length are flexible, but students are expected to work approximately 10 to 15 hrs per week depending on the research needs each week. Importantly, students are required to commit to a consecutive period of at least 1.5 year once hired and availability through the summer at least 15 hrs per week is essential.

Qualifications
Sophomores and juniors majoring in Biology, Plant Science, Chemistry, or Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, who are maintaining good grades and have taken intro laboratory courses are encouraged to apply. Prior laboratory research experience is not required but a plus. Highly motivated freshmen with prior work experience demonstrating strong work ethics and have interests in plant-based research will be also considered. Successful candidates are expected to have good organization and time management skills as well as work well with others and follow directions.

Application
Send one complete application file as a PDF including a resume and a statement summarizing your academic standing, qualification, experience, and interest in the position, and two names of referees with contact information. Send the application file via email to Ms. Allison Connor, amconnor@udel.edu

Scholarship Offered to New Jersey College Students

A $500 scholarship will be awarded this summer to a New Jersey student majoring in natural resource conservation, environmental science or a related field of study, announced the Firman E. Bear Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). The Edward R. Hall/Robert R. Hanna Scholarship is awarded annually to acknowledge NJ college students for their academic and personal accomplishments in the field of conservation and/or natural resources.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018 postmark

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must be:
• a full-time student in good standing at any New Jersey accredited university/college, or a New Jersey resident attending any accredited out-of-state university/college; and
• an undergraduate enrolled in a curriculum related to natural resources, including but not limited to: agriculture, agronomy, conservation, ecology, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, geography, journalism, plant science, soil science, and/or wildlife. Other areas related to conservation may also qualify; and
• have successfully completed at least two semesters of study.

TO APPLY: Go to www.njswcs.org to download application form, complete and postmark by April 30, 2018 and mail to:

Firman E. Bear Chapter, SWCS
C/O USDA-NRCS
220 Davidson Ave, 4th floor
Somerset, NJ 08873

The scholarship winner will be announced by June 15, 2018.

Firman E. Bear is the New Jersey Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Mission: The Soil and Water Conservation Society fosters the development and application of science- based policies and practices for managing soil, water, and related natural resources in order to achieve sustainability.

Winter 2018 Study Abroad Tanzania

How would you like to spend Winter 2018 with the elephants and lions?

Are you interested in how these species are being conserved?  Have you ever wondered how the aboriginal people interact with these large mammals?  If you are interested in conservation and African culture, this program is for you!  On a four-week guided safari, you’ll experience the splendor of African animals in their natural environment, and learn firsthand about the real, practical challenges involved in wildlife conservation. You will travel to Tanzania with Dr. Jacob Bowman, a wildlife ecologist specializing in large mammal conservation, ecology, and restoration, who has directed this program eight times.

Once in Tanzania, your safari will take you to the national parks and reserves of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire for wildlife viewing amid the savanna. The parks contain spectacular concentrations of wildlife that are habituated to vehicles, allowing close observation of various aspects of animal behavior including foraging, social interactions within species, and multiple-species interactions. You will also spend time on aboriginal lands adjacent to these national parks where you will learn about community-based conservation for the people practicing it. Our time on aboriginal lands is unique because you will have the opportunity to take foot safaris accompanied by local guides, which will provide you the opportunity to really feel Africa.

On safari, you’ll experience a cross-section of ecosystems in northern Tanzania.  Daily field excursions will be supplemented with nightly campfire discussion about African wildlife conservation.

We have four interest meetings planned in the next month:

02/22/2017         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM           219 Gore Hall
03/06/2017         2:15 PM – 3:00 PM           218 Gore Hall
03/08/2017         1:00 PM – 2:30 PM           256 Townsend Hall
03/09/2017         5:00 PM – 6:30 PM           219 Gore Hall

We will present at brief slide show about the upcoming program and answer questions.  I encourage freshman and sophomores to apply!

I hope to see you at one of the meetings,
Dr. Bowman