Summer Aquatic Ecology Internship – by Mar 31

Duration:  May through September 2010.  Position is full time at approximately 40hrs/wk.  Work days may include Saturdays and Sundays.

Location:  Talkeetna, Alaska

Description of Organization:  The Aquatic Restoration and Research Institute (ARRI) is a non-profit corporation located in Talkeetna, Alaska.  ARRI conducts water quality and fish habitat research funded by state and federal agencies.  Current projects include the investigation of the influence of stream temperatures on salmon production; evaluating juvenile salmon passage through road culverts; the influence of motor boats on stream hydrocarbon concentrations, turbidity, and the biological community; the effects of forest practices on fish habitat and water quality; and the comparison of juvenile salmonid growth rates in wetland and upland streams.

Duties:  Under the direction of a field supervisor, assist in the collection, recording and processing of water quality and fish habitat data.  Help organize, calibrate, and maintain field sampling equipment.  Activities will include collecting samples of juvenile salmon using minnow traps, identifying fish species, and obtaining weight and length measures; calibrating and deploying temperature data loggers, measuring basic water chemistry; collecting water samples for nutrient analyses; obtain measures of stream discharge, slopes, substrate, and channel morphometry.

Minimum Qualifications: College senior or degree in Environmental Science, Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Fish Biology or closely related field.  Some experience in field sampling methods preferred.  A significant amount of the work will be conducted by walking and bushwhacking up small volume streams with abundant wildlife.   Intern must be in reasonable physical condition and have some degree of tolerance for these conditions.  Traveling by boat, 4WD truck, and/or 4-wheeler will be typical.

Support:  Stipend $400/week.  Housing may be provided.

How to Apply: Please send resume to arri@mtaonline.net before March 31, 2010.  Questions can be emailed to same address.

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