UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO – RIO PIEDRAS
*TROPICAL FOREST RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES*
SEEDLING CENSUS, HURRICANE ASSESSMENT and STREAM FRE
January 14 through May 15, 2020
Complete applications must be submitted by *November 8, 2019*
*RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: *The University of Puerto Rico will carry out a
seedling census in the 16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), located
in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. The LFDP is a member of
the Smithsonian Center for Tropical Forest Science network. For this
project we are seeking nine (9) volunteer interns to complete our annual
Hurricane Assessment and help identify and measure seedlings in marked
plots in the LFDP. We are also looking for one (1) volunteer for the Stream
Fre Project (duties include: monthly sampling of different aspects of the
stream food chain, sorting leaf litter, general lab duties and some manual
labor). Following training in census protocol and database management, the
volunteers will work in the forest in teams, spending long hours in the
field (8 am until 4 pm, Monday-Friday, with weekends free), often in wet
and muddy conditions and on challenging topography. Volunteers will enter
all collected data, using database software. While in Puerto Rico
volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of
tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term
Ecological Research Program.
*PERIOD: *January 14 through May 15, 2020.
*STIPEND: *$600 per month to cover food and general living expenses.
*ACCOMMODATION: *Free accommodation at *El Verde Field Station *in Puerto
Rico. Housing is communal using shared resources. The field station is
relatively isolated, and transportation is available on a limited basis.
The field station has limited access to power since we work with a
*TRAVEL: *Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from
mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.
*NOTE: *We are unable to provide any medical insurance.
*REQUIREMENTS: *College graduates with background in biology, ecology,
environmental science, or related field, preferably with field-work
experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational
skills. Tropical experience useful but is not required. We are currently
only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these
*APPLICATION PROCEDURE: *Interested applicants must fill out the
Form *(if the link to the left does not work see
The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to the
LFDP Research Manager, Jamarys Torres-DÃƒÂaz, at firstname.lastname@example.org by
1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in a tropical
forest and describing your relevant experience. Include a statement that
you understand your application is for a volunteer position;
2) Full resume;
3) University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine);
*All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of
the file name*. *Please include Ã¢Â€Âœseedling censusÃ¢Â€Â or Ã¢Â€ÂœStream FreÃ¢Â€Â as part
of your subject line, as we may be hiring for multiple positions. *
Please email further inquiries to email@example.com.
Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in late