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Conservation Biology Internships

RCDSMM Intern Projects

Choose to focus on a single project or assist with multiple depending on schedule and feasibility. We’ll work with you to ensure your internship with us meets your school’s requirements.


Summer Internships 2019

The RCD will not be hosting interns in the summer of 2019, but you are encouraged to check back later in the year for more opportunities.


Steelhead Trout Surveys
Monitor survival, recruitment, and distribution of endangered southern steelhead trout by assisting with monthly field surveys and entering, organizing, and analyzing field data.


Benthic Macroinvertebrate Surveys
Examine the changes in BMI species composition, abundance, and distribution in order to assess impacts associated with the drought, invasive crayfish, and trophic level alterations. This project involves setting drift nets, collecting samples, and identification, sorting, and enumeration of samples using microscopes and taxonomic keys.


Oak Woodland Restoration
Planted oak groves in lower Topanga State Park and at the Topanga Community Club require regular maintenance and monitoring. Work on this project will involve assisting with regular weeding and watering of the oaks, as well as collecting data on growth and associated understory species. We are also following the fate of oaks affected by the drought in various state parks. Opportunities for new plantings or additional oak research may also arise.


Crayfish Removal Project
Assist with removal efforts and study ecosystem effects of invasive red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarki) in Topanga Creek. Participants will hand capture, measure, and sex all crayfish, as well as assist with water quality monitoring, data entry, and analysis.


Additional Internship Opportunities:

  • Ongoing monitoring of lagoons, western pond turtles, and water quality are conducted year-round throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Interns wishing to focus on one of these areas are also welcome to apply.
  • Environmental Education internships assisting with field biology programs for high school AP classes are available as well.

Qualifications

  • College or post-graduate student
  • Educational interest and experience in Biology, Ecology, or related field
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Power Point
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, and to be detail-oriented and organized
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license is required
  • Must have reliable transportation to the RCD office and various locations within the Mountains
    Work Conditions
  • Field work entails substantial amounts of walking in rough terrain, such as deep and rocky streambeds or dense chaparral; exposure to poison oak, ticks, and snakes possible.
  • Work schedule may be adapted to meet both needs of the intern and the RCDSMM.
  • Intern is expected to be on-time and ready to work upon arriving to the office.
  • RCDSMM will provide desktop computer for data management and most field equipment.
  • Internships are unpaid but your contributions not only generate good karma, provide you with valuable field experience and the knowledge that you have helped the world, but also letters of recommendation based on your contribution.

Work Conditions

  • Field work entails substantial amounts of walking in rough terrain, such as deep and rocky streambeds or dense chaparral; exposure to poison oak, ticks, and snakes possible.
  • Work schedule may be adapted to meet both needs of the intern and the RCDSMM.
  • Intern is expected to be on-time and ready to work upon arriving to the office.
  • RCDSMM will provide desktop computer for data management and most field equipment.
  • Internships are unpaid but your contributions not only generate good karma, provide you with valuable field experience and the knowledge that you have helped the world, but also letters of recommendation based on your contribution.

To apply, please submit the following documents by email to rdagit@rcdsmm.org.

  • Letter of interest (include which project(s) you are interested in, how the position will benefit your career, relevant coursework, and the dates and times for which you are available.
  • Resume (1 page)
  • Three references (please specify whether professional or personal)

For additional questions, please send and email to Rosi Dagit, Senior Conservation Biologist:
rdagit@rcdsmm.org
or call her at (818) 597-8627 ext 106.,


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