Research Opportunities/Resources

Summer 2016/ Internships 

Lepidoptera Inventories

Position Filled

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

2016 Piping Plover protection and monitoring internships

Dates: May-August, start/end dates flexible. Positions Filledplover-2015

The Research Department has openings for two (2) 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; 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) participate in other Lloyd Center projects and be able to represent the Lloyd Center as an “associate” member of the staff;

Dates: May-August, start/end dates flexible, but full-time availability by May 9 preferred. Availability in April is a plus.
Expense reimbursement: on-job mileage (own vehicle required; company vehicle often available)
Schedule: 40 hours per week, including weekends, Memorial and Independence Day holidays (high traffic at plover beaches)

: Compensatory time off will be granted for weekend and holiday time worked.

If interested, please send cover letter, résumé, etc., a.s.a.p., or by April 30 to:
Jamie Bogart, Research Associate
Lloyd Center for the Environment
430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth, MA, 02748
(508)-990-0505(X23) or email


Lloyd Center Reference Insect Collection

The Lloyd Center maintains a 60,000+ Lepidoptera collection, primarily moths from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Smaller collections of butterflies, Dragonflies and damselflies, caddisflies, beetles and a smattering of other taxa are also in the collection.

For sale: “Butterflies Across Cape Cod” – a guide to the 70+ most common butterfly species on Cape Cod produced by Lloyd Center’s Research Director, Mark Mello, and Cape Cod Naturalist and photographer Tor Hansen. $10 per copy, incl., taxes, postage and handling.