Position: Undergraduate summer research internship in plant ecology
Location: Moquah Barrens, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin
Employment period: Early June through early-mid August; temporary, full-time
Compensation: $4000, to be applied as an hourly salary over the 9-10 week internship
We are seeking an undergraduate student interested in plant research to participate in a paid summer internship funded by the Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC). The intern will investigate how plant functional traits vary along gradients in soil and fire history and will be responsible for compiling a trait database for plants of the Moquah Barrens, collecting plant specimens in the field, and measuring plant traits in the field and laboratory. The intern will be mentored by Dr. Kathleen Quigley (Michigan State University), Dr. Sarah Johnson (Northland College), and Robert Liebermann (USDA Forest Service). The intern is expected to give a webinar presentation in spring of 2020.
We will provide on-site training in navigation skills (compass & GPS), plant identification, plant trait measurements, cartography & spatial analysis, and statistical data analysis. The intern will work alongside other field technicians, scientists, and land management professionals. Field housing is available in Ashland, Wisconsin for a modest rent contribution. Ashland is located on the shore of Lake Superior and offers excellent opportunities for summer recreation.
-Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. Sophomore-Junior students preferred
-Interest in pursuing a career in ecology, conservation, plant biology, or similar
-Basic plant identification skills (knowledge of local flora a plus)
-Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team
-Positive attitude while working in a field setting, which may include long hours, exposure to ticks and biting insects, adverse weather conditions, and hiking through dense brush while carrying heavy equipment.
Applicants should provide a brief cover letter and a resume/CV with contact information for 2 professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Contact: Dr. Kathleen Quigley
Deadline: 01 March 2019