Berks International Conservation Intern

Penn State University

Penn State Berks
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We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Berks International Conservation Internship. This program provides students with a unique opportunity to work as field biologists in an international setting. Interns will experience a variety of field research techniques in wildlife and resource management; network and work shadow professionals from U.S. and Canadian universities, conservation organizations and government agencies; and learn first-hand about the science of ornithology, including breeding, migration and behavior. Students will also be involved in environmental education and other conservation-based projects. This may include work with endangered snapping turtles, deer management, and/or forest regeneration. This multifaceted internship is ideal for students interested in careers in wildlife, ecology, conservation or environmental biology and will be based at Presqu’ile Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, between the months of May and July 2018. The length of the internship varies and may range from less than a week to up to 5 weeks. However, all students who apply should be willing to commit a minimum of 2.5 weeks to the program if necessary. Examples of intern activities include assisting in monitoring, observation and research on breeding waterbirds; handling birds and other wildlife; supporting activities for natural resource management projects at the park; assisting in educational outreach programs; and data entry. Interns must be able to work well and cooperatively with others, be able to swim, be very comfortable in small motor boats, be able to lift 50 pounds, with or without accommodation and be willing to work long hours greater than a typical 8 hour work day in all types of weather conditions. Interns must be enrolled at the Berks Campus in the Spring of 2018 when they will be required to register for Biology 495 (3 credits) with Dr. Arnold as training for their summer internship experience. Students will be expected to travel independently to the Ontario field site for their internship experience; reasonable travel expenses and housing will be provided. Additional, small stipends are usually available. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in PSU 5, SC 100, or another appropriate training course with Dr. Arnold. Along with your application, please upload a resume and a cover letter explaining your career goals, any relevant experience or course work, and reason for interest in the program. Please also indicate the amount of time you would be willing to commit to the program and any dates between May 9, and July 31, 2018 on which you are definitely unavailable. Also upload a short essay 300 to 500 words, either: describing the natural resources of Presqu’ile Provincial Park - this could include the different habitats or wildlife that use the park [relevant information can be found at: and], or explaining why you feel it is important to study common terns [several papers and other items to help you with this essay are in the “Common Tern” folder in Dr. Arnold`s PSU 005 Canvas site; if you do not currently have access to this site and wish to write this essay please email Dr. Arnold to request access]. Please do not exceed 500 words. Also send Unofficial Transcripts (available through LionPath), and contact information for two professional references [i.e., not family members or personal friends--If you are selected for an interview you may be asked to provide a letter of reference)to Dr. Arnold at on or before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Arnold at (610)-396-6002 or

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088