UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO – RIO PIEDRAS
INSTITUTE FOR TROPICAL ECOSYSTEM STUDIES
TROPICAL FOREST RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR COLLEGE GRADUATE – SEEDLING PLOT
HEMISPHERICAL PHOTOS
March 08 through June 20, 2015
Complete applications must be submitted by February 16, 2015

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION:  
The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies (ITES) of the University of Puerto Rico is carrying out a seedling census in the 16-ha Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot (LFDP), and in nearby 1-ha chrono-sequence stands of variable age, located in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.  The LFDP is a member of the Center for Tropical Forest Science network.
For this project we are seeking one (1) volunteer intern to take hemispherical photographs above seedling plots. The intern will walk to plots before sunrise and spend slightly over an hour taking
photos.  The rest of the work day will include viewing and organizing
photographs, as well as other logistics such as comparisons between results
from different types of cameras used in the past.  Conditions in the field
will often be wet and muddy and include challenging topography. While in Puerto Rico, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about diverse
aspects of tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-
Term Ecological Research Program, as well as share living facilities with
other interns involved in the seedling census.

PERIOD:
March 06 through June 20, 2015.

STIPEND:
$600 per month to cover food and general living expenses.

ACCOMMODATION:
Free accommodation at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico. ,Housing is communal using shared resources.  The field station is relatively isolated and transportation is available on a limited basis.

TRAVEL:
Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from
mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.

NOTE:
We are unable to provide any medical insurance.

REQUIREMENTS:
College graduates with background in biology, ecology, or environmental science, preferably with field-work experience and experience measuring understory light, as well as excellent organizational skills. Must be willing to do, and preferably enjoy doing very early morning field work. Tropical experience useful, but is not required.  We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Interested applicants must fill out the online Application Form (if the link to the left does not work see http://sites.google.com/a/ites.upr.edu/el-verde-field-station/internships/luquillo-forest-dynamics-plot-internship-
opportunities/lfdp-internship-application).

The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to the
LFDP Research Manager (Seth Rifkin) at lfdp@ites.upr.edu by February 16:
1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in a tropical forest and describing your relevant experience.  Include a statement that you understand your application is for a volunteer position;
2) Full resume;
3) University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine);
All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the
file name.

Please email further inquiries to lfdp@ites.upr.edu.
Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants around
February 23, 2015.
For more information, please see http://luq.lternet.edu/,
http://www.ites.upr.edu/, and
http://luq.lternet.edu/research/projects/forest_dynamics_description.html.

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