Unpaid Internship – Nesting ecology of diamondback terrapins

A four month, unpaid internship is available at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD. The intern will work with Dr. Chris Rowe (http://www.umces.edu/christopher-rowe) on a field-based study to characterize temperature fluctuations in nests of the diamondback terrapin. The intern will participate in locating nesting females or recently constructed nests, measuring and marking captured females, excavating nests and measuring egg sizes, deploying data loggers into nests, constructing predator-exclusion cages around nests, offloading data from loggers, counting and measuring hatchlings, and data entry and management. Walking several miles in loose sand while carrying gear will be a frequent activity.  Conditions in the field site can be uncomfortably hot and biting insects are abundant. Personal transportation is required. The internship period will be from June 1 to Sept 30, 2018. Field work will take place in southern MD at a U.S. Navy facility, and thus a complete background check will be required to gain access to the site. The anticipated work schedule will be variable, with periods of long days in the field interrupted by periods of little activity in the field. During the latter, the intern may participate in other, ongoing research projects. Send a cover letter describing your background and interests and a resume to Dr. Chris Rowe at CBL-HR@umces.edu with a subject line of: Internship. The successful candidate will be notified by May 1, 2018.  

The University of Maryland Center for Environment Science (UMCES) is one of 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland.  With a unique statutory mission, UMCES is the premier research and educational institute within Maryland working to understand and manage our world‘s natural resources. The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) is one of four constituent laboratories within UMCES.  UMCES is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer.  Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Location: 
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Monday, April 9, 2018