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Internship Opportunities - January 13

Posted: January 10, 2014

Several are posted this week. They are for American Farm Bureau Federation, DuPont Pioneer Corn Research Center, and Tin Mountain Conservation Center.

American Farm Bureau Federation

Applications due: February 7, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Federation is announcing four paid internships for summer 2014. Internships are available in the following areas: Communications, Organization, Public Policy - Economic Analysis, and Public Policy - Legislative.

For more information on the internships, please visit the American Farm Bureau Federation website.

If you have any questions, please contact Stefphanie Gambrell at (202) 406-3626

DuPont Pioneer Corn Research Center

Applications due: No date given

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Maize Product Development Summer Research Assistantship is a May through August position. This position provides college students with a broad-based exposure to the day to day activities of a northeast com breeding program.  Summer Research Assistants will be expected to participate in all aspects of the research center's activities including planting, plot maintenance, seed inventory, pollination, data collection, and other specific field-related tasks.  Assistants will be expected to travel to other northeastern field locations from time to time during the work term.  A six day work week will be required during July.  Students seeking credit would need to work through their enrolled college.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities will include data collection, plot maintenance, and performing disease and insect inoculations to test for plant resistance. Other responsibilities include developing new inbred and hybrid germplasm through hand-crossed pollinations of genetically diverse breeding material. Supervision of high school students will be an important part of this position during hand pollinations.  Some traveling with overnight stays in Maryland, Delaware and central Pennsylvania will be required.  This position provides an excellent opportunity for research experience in the seed industry.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS DESIRED:
An Agriculture Science or Biology major with an interest in genetic research is desired. Agronomy or Plant Science major is preferred but not required. Must be willing to relocate or commute to the Lancaster County area for the duration of employment.

COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE DESIRED:
Experience working with plants and/or farm background is desired.  Willingness to work outdoors and demonstrate a safe work culture is required.   Must be detail-oriented with ability to collect accurate data. Strong interpersonal skills are necessary for working with center staff and managing high school pollinators. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and possess a positive attitude.

EMPLOYMENT DATES:
Approximately Mid May -Mid August (-3 months)

HOW TO APPLY:
Apply on Dupont Job Search Click "Keyword Search" Enter Keyword: CGROOOO 1211 & choose from the position list that appears below the search box.

For more information, contact Kim Phillips, Research Scientist -Center Supervisor DuPont Pioneer, 982 New Holland Road, New Holland, PA  17557 (717) 354-6044 xl 21.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Applications due: No date given

Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a non-profit organization providing environmental programs that foster greater awareness and understanding of the natural environment for school children, adults, and families.  We are seeking three interns for summer 2014 in the following areas: forest ecology, avian ecology, and brook trout habitat restoration.

Interns will be paired with staff mentors who will provide orientation, establish weekly work plans, and help network with other organizations. Interns also will assist teacher/naturalists in school programs for grades K-8, lead day, evening, and weekend programs at the center, and help with general operations.

The Forest/Avian Ecology Project focuses on two main areas of research: monitoring breeding birds and forest habitat changes associated with forest management. Tin Mountain is offering two internship positions to complete these 3-month projects. The long-term breeding bird survey was initiated five years ago to inventory all species using the 140-acre sanctuary during April-July while also training young professionals in habitat protection. Weekly visits to 34 permanent study plots generate information about population trends that only long-term studies can provide. In addition, nest searching and a banding station will be established to track movement/behavior of returning migrants. The interns will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results. The ecological monitoring of timberlands is part of Tin Mountain's sustainability principles for managing its 1,200 acres of timberlands in Conway. The interns will sample and compare a one-year cut, three-year cut, and control (uncut) stands of to determine whether important forest structures (both qualitatively and quantitatively) are retained to adequately provide for resident wildlife. Other forest management activities also will include forest inventory, mapping, boundary line maintenance, and marking timber.

The Brook Trout Habitat Restoration Project involves research on the influence of adding woody material to small streams to enhance size and abundance of brook trout populations. The intern will be involved in permitting projects, collecting baseline information on all streams, electro-fishing, making wood additions, and re-assessing streams treated in the last few years. The project involves strenuous work as well as extensive data collections on physical and biological attributes of streams, water chemistry, and fish populations. The intern will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results.

The brook trout internship is June-August and the avian & forest ecology internships will begin late spring/summer 2014 and run for 3 months, depending on availability.

Compensation is $1000/month plus housing. Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter, including dates of availability, to Nora Dufilho at nbeem@tinmountain.org  .

For more information, contact Nora Dufilho, Tin Mountain Conservation Center, 1245 Bald Hill Road, Albany, NH 03818

Nora's phone number is 603.447.6991.