Summer 2017/ Internships
Lepidoptera Inventories – TO BE ANNOUNCED
The Lloyd Center may be conducting inventories (pending grant awards) of barrens and other habitats across Massachusetts focusing on Lepidoptera (particularly moths), but involving other orders as well. Inventory work is conducted by setting out light traps at night and retrieving them the following morning.
A Research intern position is available to conduct and assist with these surveys, including set-up and retrieval of the traps, sorting, counting and pinning of specimens and data entry. After instruction on trap set-up and initial visit with their supervisor to the study site, fieldwork generally will be carried out independently by the intern. The intern must have their own vehicle. The Lloyd Center may provide dorm-style housing (if needed) and travel costs to and from research sites.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Mark Mello, Research Director, 430 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Piping Plover protection and monitoring
The Research Department has two (2) openings for seasonal internships for survey, protection and monitoring of the endangered piping plover on beaches owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation in Bristol County (Horseneck, Demarest Lloyd, Gooseberry, and West Island).
These sites include state parks and have high levels of public visitation and recreation during the beach season and therefore require intensive piping plover management. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other organizations on additional nearby sites. Please read our piping plover page for further background about this longstanding project.
Summary of duties:
Location of breeding pairs and nests; installation of symbolic fencing around breeding territories and predator exclosures around nests; monitoring active nests and broods to determine reproductive success and causes of mortality (e.g. predation, weather, disturbance); public education and enforcement during busy beach days; assist with vehicle escorting while broods present; assistance with data tabulation/summary; attendance at final state wrap-up meeting.
As a research intern, plover staff also assist with other ongoing projects within the department as time allows, such as water quality and salt marsh monitoring. Interns also have the opportunity to assist other departments as time allows, and represent the Center as an associate member of the staff at Lloyd Center events.
Academic: Applicants must (1) have completed a full year of college level academic courses, (2) be following a course of study for a degree with emphasis on wildlife conservation, and (3) must demonstrate an interest in protection of rare and/or endangered species. Applicants who are specifically seeking a wildlife/conservation or biology-oriented field research career are preferred and those with ornithological interests will be given special consideration.
In addition, applicants must:
1) be sufficiently fit for intervals of moderate physical labor, walking beaches under hot sun or occasional adverse weather, etc;
2) demonstrate attentiveness to detail required for maintaining season-long field notes;
3) have report-writing experience;
4) be comfortable interacting with various beach officials, other shorebird monitors, and members of the general public (in both educational and “enforcement” capacity);
5) be able to work independently (once instructed in internship routine);
6) be adaptable to changing field conditions, including many consecutive days in field;
7) be willing to work early (6:00 – 6:30 a.m. start) and / or later (7:30 – 8:00 p.m.) shifts during summer for monitoring vehicles and recreation;
8) participate in other Lloyd Center projects and be able to represent the Lloyd Center as an “associate” member of the staff.
Duration: May-August, start/end dates flexible, but full-time availability by May 12 preferred. Availability in April is a plus.
Expense reimbursement: on-job mileage (own vehicle required; company vehicle often available)
Schedule: Approximately 40 hours per week, including weekends, Memorial and Independence Day holidays (high traffic at plover beaches)
If interested, please send cover letter, résumé, etc., a.s.a.p., or by April 28 to:
Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
Lloyd Center for the Environment
430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth, MA, 02748
(508)-990-0505(X23) or email email@example.com
Education / Outreach Internships – Summer 2017
The Education & Outreach Department of the Lloyd Center for the Environment is in need of four (4) interns for the summer of 2017. The interns are responsible for assisting the education/outreach staff in teaching our hands-on science programs. The Lloyd Center’s educational philosophy is that hands-on experiential learning brings the study of science alive. Through this approach, students develop and retain knowledge of how the environment works and an appreciation for the need to conserve natural areas.
Dates: May/June 2017– August 2017
Responsibilities: Interns are responsible for assisting the education/outreach staff in teaching hands-on, science programs for children in Kindergarten through Middle School. The programs include field-based coastal ecology programs and in-school programs on estuarine organisms, whales, horseshoe crabs and watershed issues. Interns also help to develop and implement activities for our summer programs.
We offer introductory environmental programs for children 5- 7 years old and more in-depth science courses for students entering 3rd through 8th grades. Interns assist with outreach programs, lectures and walks for the general public, as well as contribute to the development and implementation of family and adult outreach programs. Interns also help to maintain our fresh and saltwater aquaria.
- Experience in marine biology, ecology, or environmental science helpful
- Knowledge of coastal environment helpful
- Experience working with children
- CPR/First Aid Training helpful
- Ability to work well with others
- Positive attitude, enthusiasm, ability to work independently
- Commitment to teaching
- Sense of humor
If interested, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to:
Education / Outreach Director
Lloyd Center for the Environment
430 Potomska Road
Dartmouth, MA 02748
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 508-990-0505 ext. 15