Paid internships investigating forest fragmentation effects in Connecticut

We invite applications for TWO paid undergraduate interns to work on a project investigating the effects of forest fragmentation on species interactions in a plant-caterpillar-bird network in deciduous forests in Connecticut. The successful candidates will be trained in a variety of ecological field techniques, plant and insect identification and community ecology.

Application due date: We will begin reviewing applications on April 3rd 2017 and continue until the positions are filled.

Position details: The students will participate in field surveys and experiments involving caterpillars, plants, birds and deer in forests of Eastern Connecticut, data entry, management and analysis and project planning. They will attend lab and project meetings. Applicants should be prepared to work long days in the field, including through hot and wet weather.

Minimum Qualifications: GPA of 3.0 or greater; Completion of BIOL 1107 or 1108 by start of position.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of active interest in biology and the natural environment through stated career goals, formal coursework or extra-curricular activities. Availability of own vehicle to access field sites (mileage will be reimbursed at standard rates set by the state of Connecticut).

Appointment Terms: This is a 9-week appointment (May 8th –  July 7th, 2017, 40 hours per week) with a salary of $10.55 – 12.50 per hour, depending on experience. Exact dates are somewhat negotiable.

How to Apply: Interested students should email Dr. Robert Bagchi ( with a cover letter that includes an explanation of interest in the project and statement of career goals, an up-to-date CV and the contact information for two references (names, telephone numbers and email addresses).