Undergraduate Research Positions Summer 2021

We are hiring three undergraduates to conduct fisheries research this summer. The positions are funded through various sources. Please apply to as many as you like. I’ve also posted ads from other researchers in the area (of South Dakota).

Positions at USD

Invasive Bigheaded Carp Experiments – $3500 total stipend available. Duties: Assist a graduate student in deploying and maintaining fish exclusion cages and sampling the Missouri River (insects, phytoplankton, fish, water quality). The bulk of the work will be completed in May and June 2021. Email your CV, a letter of application, and the names and contacts of 3 references to jeff.wesner@usd.edu. Preferred Deadline of March 1, 2021.

Invasive Bigheaded Carp eDNA and tracking – $5000 total stipend available. Duties: Assist a graduate student in tagging and telemetry of invasive Bigheaded Carp in the James River, SD and in sampling eDNA to detect carp throughout southeastern SD. Email your CV, a letter of application, and the names and contacts of 3 references to jeff.wesner@usd.edu and hugh.britten@usd.edu. Preferred Deadline of March 1, 2021

Missouri River Internship – Internship Opportunity with the National Park Service and the Missouri River Institute OVERVIEW: The Missouri River Institute (www.usd.edu/mri) and National Park Service (www.nps.gov/mnrr) are partnering to offer a Missouri River Natural Resources Internship Program. Internships will focus on Missouri River-related scientific research, land management, inventory and monitoring, and environmental education projects. Two interns will be hired for the summer of 2021. Job responsibilities will require field work and will include some hiking and physical activity, often in the hot and humid summer conditions of southeastern South Dakota. Activities will be centered on Goat Island (a new property of the Missouri National Recreational River unit), west of Vermillion, SD, but will also likely include some additional sites along the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota.

POSITION TITLE: Missouri River Natural Resources Intern

Missouri River Institute projects are expected to include:
• Bird point count surveys in riparian forest habitats
• Vegetation sampling to monitor cottonwood forest succession
• Fish, amphibian and aquatic invertebrate sampling in backwater and side channel habitats
• Mist-net captures and blood sampling from birds for lipid analyses
• Data management and analysis activities
National Park Service projects are expected to include:
• Assisting with the implementing the Property Management Plan: trail/campsite development and construction, sign installation, development of interpretive/educational materials associated with MNRR properties
• Inventory and monitoring activities on NPS properties: water quality, amphibians, vegetation, photo point monitoring and development, etc.
• Contributing to educational outreach events and working with the public regarding environmental education
• Learning about the National Park Service and Science and Resources Management at Missouri National Recreational River and assisting with other projects as appropriate based on intern interest and experience

HOURS: Summer hours are flexible, with a total of 40 hours per week. The positions are funded for a total of 10 weeks.

REQUIREMENTS: Students meeting the requirements below are encouraged to apply:
• Entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year or recent graduates
• Biology, Sustainability, or similar major or minor
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Proficient with computer applications such as Windows programs
• Interest in environmental education and working with the public
• Experience with canoes, kayaks, motorboats, off-road vehicles, and trailers preferred
• Familiarity with GPS units and/or ArcGIS preferred
• Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license

COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid $12 per hour.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Application deadline: February 19, 2021. Send a current resume and a letter of application, describing why the position is of interest to you and why it might benefit your eventual career choice, to Dr. David Swanson at David.Swanson@usd.edu. Decisions will be made by mid-March 2021.

Positions at other institutions

UNL Summer Research positions

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