The National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is
offering an internship opportunity in association with its regional
conservation ecology research.

We seek two interns to assist with the study of the population ecology,
nesting ecology, and conservation of the wood turtle (Glyptemys
insculpta) in Virginia. This project is coordinated with the Virginia
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and in conjunction with
Virginia’s participation in the conservation planning and implementation
for the wood turtle and associated riparian species of greatest
conservation need from Maine to Virginia. Interns will assist with
population surveys following established survey protocols, collect
detailed and accurate data (including genetic samples), provide
technical assistance for stakeholders, and help manage a collaborative
wood turtle database. Other associated duties may be required.

Candidates should have graduated from a college or university within the
last 12 months and have undergraduate coursework in ecology,
conservation biology or a closely related field. Knowledge and field
experience with ecology and conservation issues is required. Individuals
with previous mark-recapture and aquatic survey experience, and spatial
data management and analysis skills (e.g. GIS) are especially encouraged
to apply. Interns will have the ability to work long hours in cold and
wet conditions in remote field settings. They will take directions
easily and work well with others, yet have the ability to work
independently. Applicants should have plans for continued education or a
career in ecology or conservation.

The internship is from January 15th-June 15th, and is a full-time
appointment (40 hours per week), with the opportunity for a 6 month

Applications should be submitted through the link provided, following
directions on the NZP official website:

Please contact Thomas Akre ( or Ellery Ruther
( for more information.