Duck Research and Animal Care Internship – This is an unpaid internship position at the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD, starting in mid-May and running through the summer. This internship involves assisting with sensory biology research and animal care at a captive colony of sea ducks and diving ducks. Primary responsibilities include: assisting with raising ducklings, using behavioral training techniques to shape research behaviors, observation of research trials, video data analysis, and maintenance/cleaning tasks. The ideal applicant will have experience working with animals, be interested in biological research, and be willing to work outside in all weather conditions. The internship involves a commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week, with full-time preferred. Course credit through the university may be possible. The applicant must provide their own transportation to the center each day. There may be some required training days before the semester has ended in May to learn the research and care techniques.
The internship offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain research and animal care experience under the mentorship of both University of Maryland faculty/graduate students and U.S. Geological Survey researchers. If you are interested, please send a resume and brief letter of interest to [log in to unmask]