LFDP Tree Census Internship Announcement

UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO - RIO PIEDRAS

INSTITUTE FOR TROPICAL ECOSYSTEM STUDIES

 TROPICAL FOREST RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES – TREE CENSUS

January 11th through April 27th, 2012

Complete applications must be submitted by November 16th, 2011

 

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies (ITES) of the University of Puerto Rico is conducting a tree census in the 16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest.  The LFDP is a member of the Center for Tropical Forest Science network.  To complete the census we are taking on volunteer interns in three phases over the course of several months.  For this third and final phase of the project, we seek the help of six (6) volunteers.  After training in census protocol and database management, volunteers will work in the forest identifying and measuring and mapping trees in marked grids.  Data will then be entered using database software.  Volunteers work together in teams of three under the supervision of a field technician, 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.  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 11th through April 27th, 2011.

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 and attention to detail.  Tropical experience useful, but is not required.  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 (see http://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 Christopher Nytch at chris.nytch@ites.upr.edu by November 16th:

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).

All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name.

Please email further inquiries to chris.nytch@ites.upr.edu.

Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in early December, 2011.

For more information, please see https://sites.google.com/a/ites.upr.edu/el-verde-field-station/Home, http://luq.lternet.edu/, http://www.ites.upr.edu/, and http://luq.lternet.edu/research/projects/forest_dynamics_description.html.