Were you fascinated with spiders, centipedes, and insects as a kid? Do you still have a passion for these small animals? If so, this internship might be for you! The primary duties of the Biology Assistant position at the Vicksburg National Military Park are to survey Euarthropoda species (such as spiders, millipedes/centipedes, and insects) throughout the nearly two square miles of park within city limits and potentially two more square miles of newly acquired land outside of the city limits. The intern will work hands-on with the Biologist/Natural Resource Manager to learn procedures for collecting, identifying, and preserving the various euarthropods found within the park. The intern can expect to do extensive research on the various euarthropods and their ecology. Secondarily, they will make an interpretive brochure indicating some of the common euarthorpods found within the park. This brochure will be used by interpretive staff and potentially given to visitors. If desired, the intern may also help with ongoing surveys which include herpetological surveys (such as amphibians, lizards, and snakes), and/or avian surveys (birds), and/or vascular plant surveys in order to gain a more varied experience of field biology.
Minimally the applicant should have 2 years towards a bachelor's degree in a biological science field (or similar field); he/she should have taken a course in entomology or an equivalent at the participant's university; they should be skilled in Microsoft Word, able to hike steep terrain, and have a driver license. Preferably, they should be skilled in Adobe illustrator (or similar programs), insect pinning, and microscope use.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or a veteran up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.