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Track the Trees and Intern with ForestGEO!

Posted on November 7, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

The Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Tropical Forest Science – Forest Global Earth Observatories (CTFS-ForestGEO) is looking for international students or recent graduates for long-term forest ecology research projects at two forest dynamics plots in Virginia and Wisconsin, USA. CTFS-ForestGeo focuses on the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity.

Interns will build experience in the following areas:

  • Conduct forest tree census according to CTFS-ForestGEO protocols, including measurement of tree growth, recording mortality, and mapping of new recruits in a geo-referenced forest plot.
  • Develop critical fieldwork skills in forest ecology, including navigating using a forest plot map, measuring and recording raw data, and working as part of a team.
  • Learn about diversity of temperate forests and tree species taxonomy.
  • Help with other ecology field research projects or conduct a side project analyzing the data collected.
  • Gain exposure to non-profit, international science program

Successful applicants must be a current student or have a recent university degree (within 3 years) and some experience in forest field research. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, enthusiasm to work outdoors under a range of weather conditions, and ability to work effectively with a team are essential for all applicants. Experience with a ForestGEO site is highly preferred.

Are you interested? Applications will be accepted until Friday 12/1/17 or until the positions are filled. Please send 1) a cover letter outlining past field or research experience, 2) a detailed resume or CV, and 3) contact information for 2-3 references to Lauren Krizel, ForestGEO@si.edu