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Spring 2018 Field Research Internship  

The DLC is looking for participants in our Spring 2018 Field Research Internship program. This program serves to introduce students to lemur research and data collection. The internship provides opportunities in research for interested undergraduate students who have no prior research experience and/or do not have a faculty mentor.

Interns will be introduced to the fundamentals of behavioral ecology data collection in a field setting and will collect data as part of an on-going study of behavior and forest utilization by the free-ranging lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center, contributing to long-term research goals. Interns will be required to complete an independent project within this larger research scope. Interns can expect to gain experience in research design, ethogram development, individual identification, inter-observer reliability, sampling techniques, data collection, and data entry and analysis, among others. Please note that physical contact with the lemurs is not allowed and will not be tolerated.

This program is intended for individuals who are genuinely interested in learning the research process, but who lack prior experience and/or opportunity to otherwise do so. The spring field research program requires a 10 week-commitment starting Monday, January 22rd, through Friday, April 13th, 2018. Weekly schedules can be flexible, but requires 15 hours of on-site training and/or data collection each week, Monday-Friday.

This is a unpaid position. Housing and transportation are not provided.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction, have effective communication skills, and work well both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment. Intern will be observing free-ranging lemurs in the Center’s outdoor Natural Habitat Enclosures and will be exposed to many insects such as ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes as well as potential contact with plants that can cause itchy or painful rashes, and possibly, to snakes. DLC staff will train volunteers to minimize exposure to insects, avoid snakes, and identify rash producing plants.

Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Proof of a current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR), and health insurance is required.

To apply to the internship program, individuals will need to submit the application below.

The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation are required from those references for your application to be complete and are due by the application deadline of December 15th, 2017. References should send letters of recommendation directly to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu).

Apply online for the Spring Field Research Internship

Spring 2018 Husbandry Internship

The Duke Lemur Center is looking for participants for our Spring 2018 Husbandry Internship program that are interested in gaining an educational experience in the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimians. Nestled on 69 acres in Duke Forest, the Lemur Center houses about 250 animals, including 223 lemurs encompassing 18 species, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa. Interns will be responsible for assisting in the daily care and maintenance of the Centers’ collection of rare and endangered primates.

Duties include (by approximate percent):

  • Assisting the Technician staff with the daily care of lemurs: 25%
  • Assisting with the daily cleaning of animal areas, kitchen and service areas: 25%
  • Daily diet preparations: 7%
  • Assisting the Technician staff with daily enrichment and behavioral observations: 8%
  • Assisting the Veterinary department with vet room maintenance: 5%
  • Assisting DLC’s staff with data entry, filing and updating animal records: 10%
  • Performs other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required: 10%

The internship will begin Monday, January 22nd and end Friday, April 13th, 2018.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction and have effective communication skills. Applicants must be able to lift 50 pounds. Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and be available to work weekends and holidays. Public speaking skills are highly encouraged. Proof of a current negative TB test, documentation of two doses of the measles vaccine (or MMR), and health insurance is required. Interns will be working in the Center’s outdoor Natural Habitat Enclosures and will be exposed to ticks, chiggers and rash producing plants.

Interns must have their own transportation to the DLC. Housing and transportation is not provided.

To apply to the internship program, please complete and submit the application below.

The application allows you to list the contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation are required from those references for your application to be complete and are due by the application deadline of December 15th, 2017. References should send letters of recommendation directly to the Student Projects/Research Technician, Erin Shaw (erin.shaw@duke.edu).

Apply online for the Spring Husbandry Internship

 

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