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Zookambi Lead Teacher

Organization: Potter Park Zoo
Location: Off-Campus
Deadline: April 15, 2021 
Position: Full-Time; Paid

The Potter Park Zoo Education Department has two full-time openings for Zookambi Summer Camp Lead Teachers. Lead Teachers work with Education Department staff to plan and deliver summer camp programming for a variety of age groups on a variety of zoo animal-related topics


Technical Aide

Organization: Kellogg Biological Station 
Location: North Carolina
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Dates: May 15 to August 15, 2021

We are hiring four field technicians for research in North Carolina on the St. Francis’ satyr butterfly. The St. Francis’ satyr is a federally endangered butterfly that is found only on the 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 and breeding of individuals from eggs to adults, vegetation surveys, and assistance with studies on butterfly behavior and plant demography.


MSU's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Opportunities

Deadline: Reviewed on a rolling basis starting in mid-January until April 1
Location: Off-Campus, MSU's Kellogg Biological Station 
Position: Field Courses, Internships (Paid), Research Programs (Paid)

Applications for summer field-courses, undergraduate research apprenticeships, and internships at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station are open. 


Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies REU Program

Deadline: January 29, 2021 
Location: Off-Campus, Millbrook, New York
Position: Paid, Independent Research

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is one of the world’s leading independent environmental research organizations. Areas of expertise include disease ecology, forest and freshwater health, climate change, urban ecology, and invasive species.


Flathead Lake Bio Station Hands-On Field Courses

Location: Off-Campus, Montana
Position: Summer Field Courses

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.


African Safari Wildlife Park Seasonal Keeper

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off Campus, Ohio
Position: Paid 

No two days will be the same, this Position entails being able to be cross-trained in all animal-related Positions at African Safari Wildlife Park. This position will be working in both Guest areas as well as behind-the-scenes areas with on-Staff Keepers.  


International Animal Exchange Management Intern

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off-Campus, Royal Oak
Position: Internships

This summer several internships are open to provide support to the International Animal Exchange, INC (IAE) in Royal Oak, Michigan. IAE is a global animal transport company.


Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Summer Opportunities

Deadline: February 15, 2021
Location: Off-Campus, Colorado 

Each year the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) matches approximately 40 students with mentors from across the country.  Students have opportunities to work on a wide array of ecological and evolutionary field projects.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to supplement their research project with additional training in the biology of Rocky Mountain ecosystems or wildlife biology.  RMBL provides REU funding for approximately 10 students.  RMBL also makes available additional scholarships.  Consequently financial need should not preclude students from applying.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students thinking about a career in the sciences.  RMBL is located in Gothic, Colorado, a stunningly beautiful location in the Rockies. Because we host more than 100 graduate students and senior scientists, undergraduates have an opportunity to learn about graduate programs from around the world.  Many undergraduates are co-authors on scientific papers and start building professional networks that foster their career across a lifetime.  We have had many undergraduates turn their summer research into a senior thesis project, even though they have not necessarily had someone from their school present at RMBL during the summer.

Our program does fill.  We encourage strongly motivated applicants, including applicants who need financial support, to submit their online application by Feb. 15 for REU applicants and by March 1 for RMBL Scholarships.  Students can apply for both sources of funds with one application.


University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Summer Field Program

Location: Off-Campus, Mississippi
Position: Student Field Courses

GCRL's Summer Field Program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about coastal environments in an intensive field and lab-based setting. On-site amenities include research vessels, dormitory, dining hall, research labs, library, and a specimen museum. Make your plans today to attend the GCRL Summer Field Program and gain an experience of a lifetime!


MSU College Advising Corps

Position: Paid, Full-Time
Location: Throughout MI + MSU Campus

If college was an unbelievable experience for you, turn that passion into opportunity. Become a college advisor. MSU College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) is recruiting MSU students who graduated between Spring 2017 and Summer Session II 2019 to serve in these full-time paid positions. Review the application materials on Handshake posting #3087024: MSUCAC College Adviser.


Internships in Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoo & Aquarium Science job board is a go-to place for internships.