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Amphibian Research Internship 
The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative is looking for an 
intern for spring 2013 to assist with a project investigating the 
physiological responses of red-back salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) and 
Shenandoah salamanders (Plethodon shenandoah) to temperature changes under 
a simulation of predicted climate change.  Interns will work 20-40 hours a 
week at Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge in Laurel, MD.  

Duties and Responsibilities
•	Assist with feeding salamanders and managing fruit fly colonies  
•	Monitor and record respirometry measurements over the course of 7-
10 hour trials
•	Collect and catalogue fecal samples from salamanders
•	Assist with weighing and measuring individual salamanders
•	Learn and follow all safety guidelines, operations, and policies of 
the unit

Qualifications
•	Preference will be given to undergraduate or graduate students 
pursuing a career in a related field 
•	Ability to strictly follow protocol guidelines and maintain 
meticulous data records
•	Ability to work in a team environment with staff and other 
volunteers 
•	Flexibility and a good sense of humor  

Term of Appointment
Position Dates: March 4th through April 30th (Start ASAP) 

Stipend/Credit
This is an unpaid, volunteer position.  We will strongly support an 
applicant’s pursuit of college credit for experience during the internship.

Lodging
Interns will make their own arrangements in the Washington D.C. area.

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted until March 15th, 2013 and will be reviewed 
upon receipt until the internship is filled.

To Apply
Please send the following information in one email:
    * Name, home address and phone number, college address and phone 
number, email address
    * Name of college or university, current academic status, curriculum 
(major and minor)
    * Degrees held or expected with institution names and dates conferred, 
or anticipated date(s) of conferment
    * A statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement 
should mention relevant experience, career goals, and reason for wanting 
this internship. Your statement is very important during application 
evaluations.
    * Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. 
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
    * Three professional references 
Application materials:

Please send applications and questions concerning this position to Andrew 
Dietrich at
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