Call for Interns: Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE)
The Tropical Responses to Altered Climate Experiment (TRACE) is looking for full-time interns to assist in field and laboratory work. TRACE is the first field warming experiment to be successfully conducted in a tropical forest to study the effects of climate change on tropical forests, particularly effects on carbon and nutrient cycling. The intern will be afforded the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists from different fields and will be trained in various scientific techniques. Tasks may include but are not limited to: sample collection and laboratory processing (soil, litter fall, water, roots, etc.), operation of experimental and scientific equipment, data entry and organization, and plant physiology field and lab work. Interns will be expected to work in the laboratory and in challenging field conditions (e.g., warm, humid climate with high rainfall; steep and muddy areas). Some of the work will occur at night, and there will be occasional extended work hours. For more information about the project visit: www.forestwarming.org.
Positions will start mid-January 2020. We request that interns commit to a minimum of three months, with flexible start and end dates.
Stipend: A stipend to cover food and general living expenses is provided monthly.
Accommodation: Housing in Luquillo, Puerto Rico will be provided. Housing is communal and includes a full kitchen and laundry with shared resources.
Transportation: Driving is part of the job description. A valid driver license and to apply and train for a federal license with the USDA Forest Service for use of official government vehicles is required. We will provide transportation to and from the airport if needed.
Note: We are unable to provide funding for travel or medical insurance at this time.
Requirements: We are looking for college graduates with a Natural Sciences background. Previous field and/or laboratory experience is preferable, but not required. Applicants should have a positive attitude and be able to work both independently and in a team setting. They must also be able to conduct physically demanding work under climatically challenging conditions. While not required, applicants with a basic knowledge of Spanish are preferred. We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents.
To apply: Send an email to Megan Berberich (email@example.com) with the subject containing your name and “TRACE Internship” (e.g. “Megan Berberich – TRACE Internship”. Include the following, compiled in a single PDF:
- Full resume or CV
- Letter of interest explaining your professional interests, why you are interested in our project and your relevant experience.
- Name and contact information for two references.
Application Deadline: December 9, 2019