Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Internship Opportunities

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center


The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is seeking qualified applicants for two part-time animal care interns with the Sea Bird Research Program in Laurel, MD.  Positions would start in early September and continue into late December.  This internship involves assisting with animal care and research at a captive colony of seabirds that includes diving ducks, dabbling ducks and red-throated loons. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with daily care of ducklings and adult birds
  • Performing maintenance/cleaning tasks as assigned
  • Assisting in behavioral training techniques
  • Conducting behavioral observations

Although this internship is primarily focused on animal care some opportunities to participate in active research may be available.

The ideal applicant will have experience working with animals, be interested in biological research, and be willing to work hard outside in all weather conditions. The internship is part-time and requires a minimum of 6 hours a week. Course credit through your University may be possible with approval from your academic department. Applicant must provide their own transportation to and from the center.

These positions offer an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain animal care and research experience under the mentorship of U.S. Geological Survey researchers. Students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. 

If interested, please send a resume, a schedule of available work hours and a brief letter of interest to Heather Calabrese (hcalabrese@usgs.gov).