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Butterfly Conservation Research Internship

Metro, Portland, Oregon

Internship - Government

Close Date: 03/12/2019

Deadline to apply: Continuous
Two unpaid internships

The Oregon Zoo's Butterfly Conservation Program is hosting two unpaid internships. The first is anticipated to start in late February and end in May/June. The second is anticipated to start in early April and end in August/September.

These internships are designed to be educational in nature and will provide students with real world experience that complements their academic training. We will work with each student to outline the nature, scope and appropriate schedule for the internship. Interns are expected to take on an 'independent study' during their term, typically focused on a particular aspect of captive husbandry, butterfly biology, ecosystem conservation, or an element of husbandry data not yet thoroughly explored.

About the program:
The OZ Butterfly Conservation Program is one of the few programs that conducts research and conservation of threatened and endangered butterflies through captive rearing for release to the wild. The Conservation Butterfly Interns will have the opportunity to work both with keepers in the Imperiled Butterfly Lab and with Conservation Research staff.

Captive rearing
During the active rearing season, February – October, staff care for thousands of butterfly larvae that are cleaned and fed daily; dish washing, leaf (food) preparation, and record keeping are constant. The work can be tedious, the procedures are highly detailed and the margin for error very small.

Conservation Science
In addition to the captive rearing, our butterfly projects are Research Programs. Many of the records kept during husbandry routines are entered into a database to be summarized for reports and analyzed for comparison across rearing years &/or facilities. Each of Oregon Zoo's captive rearing projects are part of much larger Species Recovery Programs that include partners from federal, state and local agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

At the Oregon Zoo, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

• Successful completion of at least one year of classes at an accredited institution of higher education including 1 year of general biology.
• Current enrollment in an accredited Institution of Higher Education. Internship must fulfill an academic requirement of an in a directly related field of study.
• Proficiency in computer use including word processing, manipulating spreadsheets, creating presentations, online research, and willingness to learn new software as necessary.
• Availability to dedicate 25-40 hours/week including one weekend day.
• Completion of tuberculosis testing (TB OFT Test) prior to start of internship (see more information below*).
Preferred additional experience, knowledge and skills.
• Coursework in conservation biology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, environmental science, chemistry, and research methods as well as applied field conservation or research experience.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Work autonomously and collaboratively.
• Keep supervisor informed of needs, problems and issues while they are still manageable.
• Set appropriate priorities to accomplish multiple goals on time.
Due to the critical nature of caring for small, live animals and to ensure integrity of research data, the successful intern must be self-motivated and possess a strong attention to detail.

* TB Blood Test
Tuberculosis can be transmitted from humans to some Zoo animals; therefore, all employees, volunteers and interns who have contact with Zoo animals must be tested annually for TB. Individuals are responsible for ensuring that this requirement is met on an annual basis. Verification is required of a negative a quantiFERON TB Gold (QFT Test) within a 6 month period prior to starting an internship.

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