El Yunque Chronosequence Tree Census Internship Announcement




September 6th through December 20th, 2017

Complete applications must be submitted by August 4, 2017


RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies (ITES) of the University of Puerto Rico, together with the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, will carry out a tree census in four variable-aged forest stands (~ 1 hectare each) in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.  For this project, we need six (6) volunteer interns to help collect tree census data (primarily measuring DBH) and map tree locations. Interns will also enter and review data using database software.  Volunteers will work together in teams under the supervision of a field technician, spending long hours in the field (8am until 4 pm, Mon-Fri, with weekends free), often in very wet and muddy conditions.  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: September 6th through December 20th, 2017.

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.

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, or environmental science, preferably with field-work experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational skills.  Tropical experience useful, but is not required. Applicants should have a positive attitude and willingness to work long hours in sometimes unpleasant conditions and be comfortable hiking in rocky, often wet terrain.

 We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants must fill out the online Application form (https://sites.google.com/a/ites.upr.edu/el-verde-field-station/internships/luquillo-forest-dynamics-plot-internship-opportunities/lfdp-internship-application)

The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to the LTER Coordinator, Sarah Stankavich, at SarahStankavich@gmail.com:

1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in the 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).

Please condense materials into as few attachments as possible. All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name. Because we are hiring for multiple opportunities at this time, be sure to include the position name in the subject of your email.

Please email further inquiries to SarahStankavich@gmail.com

Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in mid-August, 2017.

For more information about the Luquillo LTER research program and the El Verde Field Station, please see http://luq.lternet.edu/, and http://www.ites.upr.edu/EVFS/.