University of Alaska Southeast

Internship

Company: Isle Royale Wolves and Moose Project
Location: Michigan
Position: College Intern/Volunteer Data Collector
Requirements: See posting
Summary:

The project is currently seeking volunteers to assist with data collection for the 2018 summer field season. This is a great opportunity for students enrolled in Life Science degrees to gain valuable field experience while working in the remote and beautiful Isle Royale.

Duration: approximately five weeks between early-May and mid-June.

Work is conducted on-trail and off-trail throughout Isle Royale. This is a physically demanding position; the climate, insects (mosquitoes and black flies), and terrain are often uncomfortable.  Volunteers may be required to carry up to 60 lbs. for varying distances (up to 10 miles per day) over trail and cross-country conditions. The primary mode of living is backpacking.  Most travel is by foot.

Duties include:

  • measure new growth on balsam fir trees
  • collect moose pellets for diet analysis
  • collect bones from wolf-killed moose carcasses

Qualifications:

  • Documented experience backpacking & camping for extended periods in remote settings.
  • Proficiency with orienteering (use of map and compass for navigating) required.
  •  Tree identification skills are helpful.
  • Good physical condition.
  • The ability to get along with others in backcountry settings for 10-day periods of time.
  • Enrollment in college/university in a Life Sciences curriculum (US or international

For more information about this research project, visit the Isle Royale website, and see the research project announcement.

Contact: Sarah Hoy
Contact at: srhoy@mtu.edu 906-487-3292
Closing Date: Thursday, March 1