Wildlife Research Intern

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Feb 10, 2021

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Internship opportunity: Wildlife Research Intern

Organizational Overview

Wildlands Network is a growing nonprofit organization that is committed to reconnecting, restoring and rewildling North America so that life—in all its diversity—can thrive. We have staff in the United States and Mexico working with NGO partners, landowners, elected officials and government agencies to protect, maintain and restore wildlife habitat and movement corridors. Wildlands Network is committed to recruiting, training and retaining talented diverse and creative staff who are passionate about fulfilling our mission.

Hundreds of millions of animals die as a result of wildlife-vehicle collisions on North American roads every year. As barriers to movement, roads can cause genetic isolation within populations, thereby contributing to biodiversity decline. Together with local, state and federal partners in the United States and Mexico, we identify roads of critical concern for wildlife, conduct field research to better understand the issues at hand, and develop location-specific measures to address them.



Position Description

The Wildlife Research Intern will work with the Wildlife Scientist in Asheville, North Carolina conducting field work, entering camera trap information, maintaining databases, and compiling reports to aid in applied research and quantitative solutions to better understand the patterns and processes of wildlife ecology, guiding efforts in conserving wildlife habitat connectivity and mitigating and impact of roads on ecosystems works. Our research aims to understand and mitigate wildlife-vehicle collisions and the impact of roads on ecosystems.

This role will assist the Wildlife Scientist with research. Duties include:


1. Assisting staff and project collaborators with research to monitor wildlife populations with camera traps.

2. Deploying camera traps at specified locations, navigating through forest using a GPS unit, retrieving memory cards and change batteries on camera traps.

3. Conducting driving surveys to document wildlife road mortality.

3. Storing camera photos on computer, managing databases, sorting photos and identify species and number of animals present in camera trap photos according to established protocols.

4. Creating graphs, figures and maps to assist in report writing.

5. Compiling and summarizing scientific literature.


Desired Qualifications and Traits

1. Bachelor’s degree in an environment- or wildlife-related field, with prior research experience. Preference will be given to individuals with a particular interest in wildlife conservation and a strong work ethic.

2. Comfortable navigating through the forest over uneven terrain, and working under difficult field conditions, including hot, humid, and rainy weather with biting insects and poison ivy.

3. Excellent organizational and archival skills.

4. Experience working with Microsoft Office and Excel, and ArcGIS software.

5. Ability to meet deadlines, set priorities, and work independently to complete objectives.

6. Passion for saving wildlife and wild places across North America.


Location: Asheville, North Carolina


Duration: 6 months (20 hours a week)


Compensation: 12.50 USD/hour


How to Apply: Please send resume, a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications to: Dr. Liz Hillard, Wildlife Scientist at liz@wildlandsnetwork.org. Please put “Wildlife Research Intern” in the subject line of your email.