Pepperwood Preserve

Duration: 40 hours per week, June 1 – August 15, 2013

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Position Title: Pepperwood Research Intern

Housing: Shared housing to be provided on-site

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Description: Pepperwood is a leader in scientific approaches to conservation of terrestrial ecosystems in northern California. We are in the process of setting up a long-term ecological monitoring network to detect variations in climate, hydrology, and biota over time.  The intern position will be focused on analysis of biological data collected on site. We have several pilot studies underway characterizing both vegetation and fauna and we need assistance collecting, collating, and analyzing various forms of biological data. The exact project will be defined based on program priorities, but examples of projects on site include grassland, oak woodland, and redwood forest monitoring and a wildlife camera array.  The intern will have the opportunity to assist with botanical field work, contingent on seasonal needs, but their focus will be on a systematic approach to analysis of data sets focused on monitoring and mapping vegetation and potentially wildlife characteristics over time.  The intern will be assigned a specific project to steward over the summer designed to culminate in a professional-level presentation and will also assist our preserve team with other research and ecological restoration tasks as needed.  If a good fit, the intern will also have the opportunity to support a redwood forest monitoring initiative on-site designed to introduce local teens to citizen science.

Qualifications: Educational background in biology or related ecological sciences; basic data analysis skills (excel spreadsheet analysis and graphing) required; basic statistics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a plus; a commitment to conservation; comfortable working outdoors under physically demanding circumstances; prior experience with botanical field work desirable; valid driver’s license required.

Funding: $3,000 Available through the Center for the Environment Summer Leadership Fellowship Program; see application instructions.  Pepperwood will provide housing as an in-kind contribution.  A vehicle will be available for occasional use.

Requirements: Along with the Universal Application students must submit a cover letter describing their interests, experiences, and how this internship fits their career interest, a resume and three references with contact information.

About the Organization: The Mission of Pepperwood is to advance science-based conservation throughout our region and beyond.  We are a supporting organization of the California Academy of Sciences.