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Blair Cousins-Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

Where and when did you complete your internship?

 I completed my internship with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in Charles City, Virginia from February to May in the spring of 2013.  I interned at a fresh water mussel hatchery.

 How did you find your internship location?

 I did a Google search.

 What types of activities did you participate in as part of your internship?

 I helped grow and take care of fresh water mussels.  Duties included cleaning housing habitats, building housing habitats, counting young, and feeding mussel species and other related animals.

 What did you gain from your experiences in this internship (academically, professionally, etc.)?

 I learned a lot about the propagation and life cycle of fresh water mussels and also met a lot of professionals in the field.

 Would you recommend internship to other students, why?

 I would highly recommend this internship experience to biology majors, because you gain industry experience and the opportunity to get really cool hands-on experience in the field, something you might not gain from the classroom alone.

 Please also provide a short bio bellow (include a brief description of your career goals)

I graduated from VCU in May 2014 with a degree in biology and minors in chemistry and creative writing.  I am currently working at a local animal shelter and have been added as a permanent volunteer at the VADGIF.  I plan to return to school for my master’s in wild conservation, specializing in mammals and habitat conservation.

Summer 2018 Research Technician

Seeking temporary research technician to assist with field survey and status assessment of the aquatic macrophyte Nuphar sagittifolia in eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from May 21-Early August 2018. Position will be approximately 20 hours/week, $10/hr, based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Duties will be split between field and office work. The goals of the project are 1) To clarify the taxonomic identity of Nuphar populations 2)To assess population genetics of N. sagittifolia populations 3) To document the location, size and status of N. sagittifolia populations to inform conservation decisions.

Responsibilities:
Bridge and kayak surveys for N. sagittifolia populations range-wide,
Collect photographs, leaf tissue for DNA extraction, and voucher
specimens, Data management (photographs, GPS points, field data)
Morphology measurements

Qualifications:
Required: At least two college-level courses in related field (botany,
ecology, forestry, plant systematics, natural resources etc.)
Preferred: Strong interest in botany and conservation biology
Comfort with kayaking (kayak can be provided)
Proficiency in data entry and management
Ability to work independently after training
Ability to accommodate a flexible schedule
Applicants must have a vehicle for surveys (gas costs reimbursed)

Start Date: May 21, 2018
Approximate End Date: Early August 2018. Hours per week may vary due to field conditions or project needs. Position is funded for approximately 11 weeks at 20 hours per week.
Hourly Wage: $10

To Apply:
Submit application, including resume and cover letter, at:
https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/98635. Review of applications will begin April 3; position will remain posted until filled.

Contact Katherine Culatta: keculatt@ncsu.edu with questions

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Removing Invasive Plants (RIP) Team

Want to give back to your local community?

Want to boost your resume?

Love being outdoors?

The Removing Invasive Plants Team will be removing introduced species in the JAMES RIVER PARK SYSTEM.

We will be working on multiple occasions, so you can participate as much or as little as you want. Transportation to and from the park will be provided.

If interested please contact April Harris at harrisal22@mymail.vcu.edu

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