Butterfly Research Apprenticeship

Organization: The Wilds (AZA Member)
Location: Cumberland, Ohio, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world. Apprenticeship positions are available through the Restoration Ecology Program. Below is a summary of the position:

• Apprentices gain valuable hands-on experience, participate in butterfly field ecology research, butterfly rearing, butterfly tagging, and butterfly health surveys.

• Schedule: M-F, 9:00-5:00 September 1st, 2013 – March 1st, 2014.

• Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team.

• Typical tasks: butterfly monitoring and habitat evaluation, butterfly rearing, butterfly tagging, testing for the presence of the OE parasite on monarch butterflies, host plant seed collection and planting, data management, and project planning participation.

• Skills training: vegetation identification, research methodology, GPS / GIS applications, biological monitoring and application of practical field methods, butterfly tagging and identification techniques, and butterfly rearing.

• The position is physically demanding at times, requiring outdoor work in a variety of conditions throughout the seasons. This ma include hot, buggy and sometimes challenging conditions.

• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.

Interns do not receive monetary compensation; however the position is ideal for those interested in a career in conservation, natural resource management, land stewardship or ecological studies. Opportunities for school credit are available. On-site housing is available for $250/month.

To apply, send your resume with references and a cover letter to the contact below. Please outline your interest in the position, what you would hope to gain from it and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All internships at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials to:

Joe Greathouse,

Director of Conservation Science,