The Nisqually Reach Nature Center is looking for an unpaid Research Intern to join our team. Fall and Winter Quarter internships are available for academic credits (optional). Both full time and part time positions are available. We are in our 6th year of citizen science projects and have been doing environmental education for over 15 years. This is a meaningful opportunity for an aspiring environmental professional to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the environmental field and also be in involved in projects that impact natural resource management.
This position involves two projects: forage fish spawning surveys and pigeon guillemot breeding surveys. The forage fish project involves conducting field surveys, analyzing samples using a microscope, and working with volunteer citizen scientists throughout the process. The intern will also assist with preparation for the summer pigeon guillemot breeding season by conducting surveys and helping with survey training. Another significant component of the two projects is volunteer coordination. Data management is the third major part of this position. Other roles include staffing of the visitor center during open hours as well as aquarium maintenance and occasionally helping with education programs.
Qualified candidates are typically very self-directed, self-motivated, possess strong problem solving skills, highly flexible, excellent at interpersonal communication, very organized, detail-oriented, highly dependable, and able to work independently with minimal supervision.