Paid Grassland Ecology Internship

Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering internship opportunities with grassland and wildlife ecology projects at the American Prairie Reserve ( in Northeastern Montana near the town of Malta. The intern will support staff activities associated with ecology projects and play a significant role in the advancement of conservation science at SCBI and APR full time from mid-June to mid-November. During this time, housing will be provided at a research center on site. It is highly recommended that interns own a vehicle with high clearance for personal use. This internship offers a stipend of $1200-$1500 per month depending on qualifications. The intern will be responsible for the cost of transportation to Montana, personal transportation during their stay, and personal health insurance. Applications must be received by May 4th. To apply, see additional information below.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES/DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Selected candidates will learn to place and maintain camera traps for wildlife surveys. In addition, they will learn to identify plants and gain specific knowledge on grassland species of the western U.S. by applying methods for vegetation surveys and mapping protocols. Interns will learn to compile and review ecological data in standard formats.
During this internship, candidates will improve leadership skills and learn to discuss APR/SCBI ecology projects by presenting to different audiences. Be expected to organize weekly activities, in conjunction with supervisors, to achieve primary goals. Interns will also assist staff in outreach and education events that convey conservation science to the public.

Applicants should have knowledge and experience with wildlife surveys. Must enjoy being outdoors in all weather conditions. Strong communications and the ability to engage within a team environment with staff and other interns and volunteers is necessary. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license. Experience in off-road driving is a plus. Preference will be given to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in a related field, but recent graduates accepted.

To apply or request more information, direct emails to Hila Shamoon at Please be sure to include in your email a resume or CV and a one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, education, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience.