Hands On Opportunities Database

The Florida Aquarium Interships

Summer Deadline: March 1, 2019
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.


Student Summer Research Technician Positions with Haddad Lab

Deadline: Hiring will begin mid-March
The Haddad Lab is looking to hire three students for upcoming summer research in North Carolina on the St. Francis’ satyr butterfly.  The St. Francis’ satyr is a federally endangered butterfly that is only found on Ft. Bragg Army Installation in North Carolina. It is restricted to disturbance-dependent wetlands.  Work will include daily monitoring of adult butterflies during flight periods, maintenance of restored habitat, captive-rearing of individuals from eggs to adult, vegetation surveys, and assistance with studies on butterfly behavior and plant demography. 


Sagebrush-Obligate Bird Research Technicians

Deadline: March 18, 2020 or until postion is filled
The University of Waterloo’s Natural Gas Reclamation in the Sagebrush-Steppe Project is seeking two paid avian research technicians to assist with avian point counts, monitoring greater sage-grouse fitted with GPS-VHF transmitters, songbird nest monitoring, and vegetation sampling. The objective of this component of the research is to better understand the response of sagebrush obligate birds to landscape scale habitat reclamation. Housing is provided.


Seasonal Research Technicians

Deadline: March 4, 2019
The Weiming Li laboratory at Michigan State University will be hiring 6+ seasonal research technicians to assist with sea lamprey behavioral assays. This position is paid and shared housing is provided.


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Deadline: March 11, 2019
Several full-time, paid undergraduate research assistant positions are available for Summer 2019 in the Entomology Department's Vegetable Entomology Lab. You will participate in conducting research in the field and the lab; setting up experiments, collecting insects and data. 


Undergraduate Water Quality Research Internship

Deadline: February 22, 2019
The paid Water Quality intern will assist the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve Research Coordinator, and other staff with water quality monitoring and chemical analyses of watershed and wetland water samples. This internship will include fieldwork, water chemistry analysis in the lab, instrument calibration, and transportation of samples.


Coastal Wetland Natural Resources Technician

Deadline: February 22, 2019
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Coastal Management is accepting applications for the position of Coastal Wetland Natural Resources Technician at the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (OWC NERR) in Huron along Ohio's Lake Erie shore. The Coastal Wetland Natural Resources Technician will provide visitor and customer service support and assist staff with implementation of research, education and stewardship programs.


Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (OWC) and the Friends of Old Woman Creek Aquatic Ecology Research Internship

Deadline: February 22, 2019
The Aquatic Ecology intern will assist the OWC Research Coordinator, with wetland research primarily related to fish and aquatic invertebrate communities. The intern will also assist with water quality monitoring. Responsibilities include a combination of field, laboratory, and computer work, such as collecting fish using fyke nets and an electrofishing boat and identifying larval fish and zooplankton using a dissecting microscope. The intern will have the opportunity to develop and pursue an independent project and be a member of a cohort of summer interns involved in research, education, and stewardship.


Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (OWC) and the ODNR Office of Coastal Management Education and Interpretation Internship

Deadline: February 22, 2019
Located in Huron, Ohio, on the south-central shore of Lake Erie, Old Woman Creek (OWC) is one of the state's few remaining examples of a natural estuary. OWC is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a network of 29 coastal reserves whose mission is to address state and regional coastal management needs through research, education, and stewardship. The Education and Interpretation Intern will work with the Education Coordinator to provide visitor and customer service support and assist staff with the implementation of education and some research and stewardship programs. The intern will have the opportunity to develop and pursue an independent project and be a member of a cohort of summer interns involved in education, research, and stewardship.


Seasonal Field Technician Positions Studying Vegetation in Longleaf Pine Savanna

Deadline: February 28, 2019
Multiple field technician positions are available for a large-scale experiment testing how the restoration of longleaf pine ecosystem in the Southeastern United States impacts vegetation. Primary job duties will include field, laboratory, and office tasks required for vegetation sampling. During this season, we will be conducting a survey of diverse ground cover plant species across many experimental plots in the field.


Cano Palma Biological Station Internships

Marine turtle team members are needed to help with a turtle monitoring project in Costa Rica. 


Marine Global Earth Observatory Internship

Deadline: April 1, 2019
The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program is currently seeking an undergraduate or recent graduate for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Responsibilities of the successful applicant include data collection in a variety of habitats including seagrasses, oyster reefs, mangroves, soft-sediments, and artificial structures as well as supporting ongoing field experiments examining top-down effects on community structure. Learning objectives include exposure to a diverse suite of marine invertebrate species as well as becoming familiar with research conducted in multiple habitat-types in a biodiverse estuarine environment. Additional experiments can be developed based on the applicants personal research interests. No diving is expected but snorkeling is common.


Research Internship: Vocal Learning and Interactive Communication in Harbour Seal Pups

Deadline: February 25, 2019

A 3-month Research Intern position is open for application at the Sealcentre Pieterburen, The Netherlands. The successful candidate will join the ‘Seal Sounds’ team and actively perform bioacoustics research with newborn harbour seal pups (usually 1-3 weeks old) under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Ravignani. The project will investigate how harbour seal pups time their calls interactively with conspecifics and learn sounds from each other, as part of a larger Belgian/EU project on pinniped communication. The candidate will receive training in pinniped behaviour, bioacoustics, experimental design, etc. Apart from hands-on research with the pups, depending on the interests of the candidate, there will be possibilities to work on other research projects, and help as an assistant seal nurse in the daily care of the pups.


Temporary Wildlife Assistant Positions Available, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, Southwest Region

Deadline: February 25, 2019
These four paid positions will focus on waterfowl trapping and banding throughout the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan and will work under the supervision of the Wildlife Division Bird Banding Program Coordinator.


Oregon State University Marine Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Deadline: February 19, 2019
Interested in the interdisciplinary field of Marine Science? Take advantage of the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience while exploring the exciting interdisciplinary field of marine science research! Oregon State University is offering summer marine science internships to 20 college students through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis.  The 10-week program matches qualified students with faculty mentors representing a wide range of ocean science research interests, including: Cetacean/Fisheries Conservation Genetics; Marine Aquaculture; Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography; Marine Geology; Coastal Ecology; Marine Renewable Energy; Marine Biological Invasions; Satellite Remote Sensing and many others.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a 49-acre research and education campus on Oregon's central coast, with modern laboratory facilities, a world-class marine science library, and six state and federal agencies co-located on site with easy access to the "living laboratory" of Oregon's coastal estuaries and the ocean. Scientists representing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, USDA, USGS, EPA, NOAA Fisheries, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife serve with OSU faculty as mentors in the REU program. Situated on the south shore of Newport’s picturesque Yaquina Bay, the HMSC provides easy access to the ocean and estuary for field research and recreational activities alike. On the OSU main campus in Corvallis, the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences trains the next generation of Biological, Chemical, Geological and Physical Oceanographers and Earth System Scientists, offering opportunities or interdisciplinary research in world-class labs and facilities. Students will be provided with a $6140 stipend travel support and summer housing.


Part- or Full-time Summer Position in Ecological Research at MSU

Part to full-time summer job on MSU’s main campus. The student will be
in charge of preparing plant tissue extracts for plant chemical analysis (grinding leaf
tissue, preparing extracts with solvent, potentially training to run extracts at the MSU
Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core). Depending on time required to
complete plant chemistry & employee availability, the student may have the
opportunity to join the lab group at nearby Kellogg Biological Station to aid in field
work and experiments with plants and insects.


Summer Research Assistant Positions in the Berry Crops Entomology Lab at MSU

Deadline: February 22, 2019
The Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University is seeking to fill multiple summer positions to work on research projects related to the biology and management of insects in berry crops during the 2019 field season. 


Wetzel Lab Hiring Undergraduates

Deadline: February 15, 2019
The Wetzel Lab at MSU has several positions open for summer field season jobs, beginning in May 2019, at the Kellogg Biological Station. These are great opportunities to gain research experience and build your scientific resume.


Job Opportunities With New Student Orientation

Deadline: Rolling Basis
Formerly known as AOP, New Student Orientation (NSO) at MSU is in the process of revamping orientation programs, including student employment opportunities. You can learn more about the changes being made to orientation here: https://undergrad.msu.edu/news/view/id/204


Careers at the Zoo

Work alongside staff in every position at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek: animal care, animal health, education, graphics, physical plant, business, marketing, guest services, conservation.