Grassland Mammal Ecology Internship

Smithsonian Institution American Prairie Reserve, Montana
Deadline Jan 01, 2019
Job Type Internship


Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is offering internship opportunities with grassland and wildlife ecology project at the American Prairie Reserve (APR) in Northeastern Montana ( Learning experiences will include camera trap surveys of mammal communities in grassland, forest and riparian habitats. The intern will support staff activities associated with these ecology projects and play a significant role for the advancement of conservation science at SCBI and APR.


This is a paid internship opportunity wherein the intern will support the Conservation Ecology Center-Forest Ecology

Through this internship, interns will:

  • Learn to place and maintain camera traps for wildlife surveys.
  • Learn to compile ecology data in standard formats.
  • Learn to review collected field data (data quality control)
  • Learn to coordinate with field team to execute assigned tasks
  • Learn to delegate tasks within field team, therefore reinforcing their leadership skills
  • Learn to discuss APR/SCBI ecology projects and be able to present it to different audiences
  • Learn techniques of operating new equipment and procedures related to the projects
  • Learn to organize, in conjunction with supervisor, weekly activities to achieve primary goals.


  • Undergraduate or graduate students, and recent graduates pursuing a career in a related field.
  • Knowledge and experience with wildlife surveys.
  • Valid driver’s license and experience in off-road driving a plus.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to engage within a team environment with staff and other interns and volunteers.
  • Must enjoy being outdoors in all weather conditions, and be prepared for long field days and occasional camping during the field season.


This internship has a stipend of $1200 per month. College credit is offered if desired; intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs to Montana and during and personal health insurance.


American Prairie Reserve in Northeastern Montana (nearest town Malta, Montana)


The intern will be housed at research center on site. Highly recommend intern owns a vehicle for personal use. Interns responsible for purchase of their own food.


May 1-October 31, 2019, a minimum of three month commitment.


Jan 1, 2019


Interested applicants should submit to Dr. Hila Shamoon,, by Jan 1, 2019:

  • Professional resume or CV
  • Up to one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • Contact information for two reference (One must be from a current or a former supervisor)
  • Schedule of availability
  • Please include in “SCBI-Grassland Ecology (Montana)” subject header.
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