Turners Falls MA
A Center of Excellence for Biological Science conducting research needed to restore, maintain, enhance, and protect aquatic and terrestrial organisms and their supporting ecosystems.
OverviewThe U.S. Geological Survey S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory is recruiting for a paid intern to assist with fish passage behavior and engineering evaluation studies at their Engineering Flume Facility in Turners Falls, MA.
Start dateApril 1, 2018
End dateJuly 1, 2017 or later pending funding
The intern will be expected to perform technical work in a laboratory or field environment in support of professional USGS employees engaged in data collection or analysis of biological data or samples. Performs one or more of the following duties:
- Fish collection, handling, tagging
- Assist with controlled laboratory experiments
- Entry of data on paper forms and computers
- Review of video recordings and quantification of fish behavioral data
The intern will report directly to Section Leader of the Fish Passage Engineering Section, and will be trained in all tasks. This is a paid position pending grant funding. The job may start on April 1, 2018 or later, and may end at the beginning of July; however, pending additional funding the internship may be extended. Work hours may vary, but will typically be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 4 to 5 days per week. The intern may be requested to work weekends, holidays, or odd hours.
Required intern qualifications
The intern must have an interest in biology, science, and/or engineering. No previous experience is required, but is preferred. The intern must have reliable transportation to and from the research facility in Turners Falls.
Work assignments will involve both laboratory and field situations, and as such may involve prolonged and repetitive periods of bending, walking, sitting, and moderate to strenuous physical exertion, such as lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs., and using all types of simple tools when performing general maintenance. Hand and finger dexterity, which is equal to the exacting use of small tools and equipment is required. Handling of live organisms (fish), and working in, over, and near water is required. Safety equipment and specialized work wear (e.g., waders) will be provided.
Desired outcomes of internship
Assistance with experimental and engineering tasks; completion of research goals. The intern will gain valuable experience in significant scientific investigation and engineering techniques.
Compensation: $15-17/hour dependent on qualifications