Hands On Opportunities Database

Deadline: May 15, 2019
This position will provide general assistance to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program staff responding to State of Michigan watch list aquatic invasive plants. Specifically, the position will assist in the statewide collection of field data to inform management actions, perform surveillance for high risk aquatic invasive plants, and assist in conducting control actions.


Deadline: May 10, 2019
Paid position. The Isaacs Lab at MSU is seeking to fill summer positions to work on research projects related to the biology and management of insects in berry crops during the 2019 field season. The focus will be on activities in Michigan farms, with some time in the laboratory for sample processing, data entry, etc. Projects will include studies on insect pests, with daily tasks including travel to field sites in a university vehicle (travel time is paid), insect scouting/trapping, fruit damage assessments, data entry, insect rearing, and labeling and curating insect specimens. Overnight stays at MSU field research stations during sampling rounds are possible (accommodations at the field station are covered).


Deadline: May 10, 2019
Paid position. The Isaacs Lab at MSU is seeking to hire a lab technician based at the main East Lansing campus. This position will be a part of the Great Lakes Pollinator Health Project. One of the aims of this project is to investigate long term population trends in Michigan bees. With this goal in mind, we are comparing current wild bee diversity to historic diversity. This position will be responsible for databasing bees located in the Arthropod Research Collection and helping manage the Isaacs lab bee collection.


Deadline: May 8, 2019
This project examines the impact of neurological pollutants on fish populations by examining the laboratory behavior of individual larva using video surveillance methods. The technician will be responsible for collecting fish larval movement data from laboratory swimming and feeding behavior video assays and for maintaining data quality and assurance. Paid position.


Deadline: April 22, 2019
Under the daily guidance and direction of professional staff, this employee acts as support for wildlife genetic laboratory work. This employee will provide support assisting with data entry, genetic sample preparation and extraction, archive maintenance, as well as other genetic projects as assigned. Work is performed through the application of a body of knowledge related to standard laboratory methods, practices, procedures, policies, regulations, and laboratory materials and equipment.


Deadline: April 29, 2019
The Ganz and Braasch Laboratories are seeking summer volunteers to work in their joint Fish Facility. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain fish husbandry, laboratory, and research experience.


This three-week intensive course is perfect for monkey-loving adventurers. You’ll explore unbeaten tracks in several Neotropical habitats. Experience real biological fieldwork techniques including VHF telemetry and camera-trapping. Design your own primatological study, and try your hand at the blow gun. This is the first program of its kind in Paraguay, developed by primatologist Rebecca Smith, and the multi-international award-winning team at Para La Tierra.


Deadline: May 6, 2019
The field station emphasizes experiential learning through direct observation of biota and ecological processes in the field and through hands-on activities using FLBS’ advanced research instrumentation and facilities located on the east shore of Flathead Lake. Courses are taught by outstanding faculty from the University of Montana and beyond and field activities take place  in the “Crown of the Continent”…Glacier National Park and surrounding Mission, Flathead and Swan valleys in northwest Montana.


Deadlines: Vary per program
Danta is pleased to announce our 2019 field courses in tropical biology: (1) Primate Behavior and Conservation, (2) Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation, (3) Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability, and (4) Sustainable Tourism: Evaluation and Implementation. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.


The MSU Museum Education Department offers internship opportunities throughout the academic year and during the summer. These opportunities include a Museum Education/Informal Learning, an Education Collections, and a Research internship. Internships are normally unpaid, unless otherwise noted. All internships may be done for credit – the student is responsible to complete all paperwork and requirements for credit through their respective departments.


Travel to the British Virgin Islands to help the Anegada inguana (Cyclura pinguis). The Fort Worth Zoo is seeking participants to provide support for its Anegada iguana conservation project. All participants will play a direct role in conservation research and gain valuable skills in field methods.


Deadline: Applications will be considered until positions are filled.
Michigan State University, seeks to hire 8 enthusiastic, energetic, and intrepid technicians who have a passion for disease ecology, medical entomology, public health surveillance, and/or emerging infectious diseases to help monitor the invasion of the blacklegged tick, the vector of Lyme disease, across the state of Michigan. These positions, depending on the weather, roughly comprise 70% field work and 30% lab work. Technicians will receive a stipend of $5280 for 12 weeks of full-time work.


Do you want to get some research experience? Do you like fish? Are you interested in organismal biology? The Boughman Lab is looking for undergraduate assistants to help with evolution and behavioral research on stickleback fish this summer. Undergraduate assistants help by caring for fish and collecting data on morphology and behavior.


The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch (CABBR) is a world-renowned animal sanctuary that is home to over 800 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches. Animal Care Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species, and exposure to the operations of an animal care center. The Animal Care Interns rotate between our three animal care departments: Equine, Primate, and Wildlife. They will spend 1 month in each department working alongside professional caretakers learning about the various species in their care. 


Deadline: April 8, 2019
Assist PMMC’s Summer Camp Team with teaching and administering week-long summer camp programs for 8-13 year old campers. Paid opportunity.


Deadline: April 1, 2019

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has a 10 week summer internship position available for an undergraduate (junior, senior) or recent graduate from groups currently under-represented in marine science and environmental education. Interns work with DHP's education personnel in our many different summer programs including summer camps for K-12 students, our residential class in marine science for high school students, teacher workshops and public outreach events. Interns assist in all aspects of logistics, preparation, and teaching. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of environmental education and learn about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. The internship includes a $4,000 stipend, room, and board.


Deadline: March 17, 2019
Science Gallery is opening its second exhibition, DEPTH, which explores the future of water in Detroit this summer. Science Gallery is hiring paid mediators for this exhibit. Mediators are young adults with a passion for talking about science and the arts. The main role of a Mediator is to enhance Science Gallery Detroit’s visitor experience by facilitating conversation. 


Deadline: March 24, 2019
Primary duties are to monitor and protect piping plovers, American oystercatchers, and gull and tern colonies on beaches and islands in Sussex County Delaware. After the field season, the Biological Aide will assist with data entry, management, and QA/QC, and prepare reports using GIS, Excel, and Access.


Deadline: March 24, 2019
Primary responsibilities will be to recruit and manage a large volunteer team for the Delaware Shorebird Project to monitor migratory shorebird populations in the Delaware Bay. The Biological Aide will direct, coordinate, train and organize volunteers to perform field activities, data management, and project logistics. Additionally, the Biological Aide will also participate in fieldwork including, shorebird capture using cannon nets, weighing, measuring and marking shorebirds, and resighting marked individuals using spotting scopes.


Fall Deadline: July 1, 2019
Spring Deadline: November 1, 2019
The Florida Aquarium Internship Program provides college students with an exclusive, hands-on opportunity to gain experience in the aquarium field. Internships are available in the following specialties: Development, Education, Marine Operations, Entertainment, Husbandry, Sales / Events, Veterinary Externship, Horticulture, Occup. Health and Safety, Volunteer Programming, and Human Resources.