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Biodiversity Research Presenter-Staunton, VA

Organization: Operation Wallacea

Position Title: Biodiversity Research Presenter

Location: Staunton, VA

Hours and Compensation:

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2014 


Internship Description: 

Operation Wallacea ( is an organization that supports a network of 200+ academics for long term biodiversity research programs in 14 countries (Honduras, Mexico, Guyana, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, Dominica, South Africa, Madagascar, Romania, France, Greece, China, Indonesia) has a vacancy for a Biodiversity Research Presenter.  The research programs are funded by volunteer tuition fees paid by individual university students or groups of high school students accompanied by teachers, and a presenter is needed to explain the science and research outputs to these groups.

The role would be based in Staunton, Virginia but would involve extensive travel around the US and to the research sites overseas. The post would start on 1 September 2014 but would require the successful applicant to join one of the research programs in the field from early June 2014 with all expenses paid.  The role of the Biodiversity Research Presenter would be:

  • To assist with the biodiversity research program in the field each June to August period
  • To give a summary lecture of the biodiversity research to undergraduates in various universities from mid September to mid October each year
  • To give in-class lectures on biodiversity survey techniques used on the research programs in high schools around the US
  • To meet with teachers around the US to explain about the research programs and how students can become involved and would benefit from this participation


The skills, qualifications and attributes needed are:

  • Good presentational and writing skills
  • Well organised and able to manage their time very effectively
  • Able to work on their own for long periods and be able to travel extensively
  • At least Masters level in a relevant academic field

The closing date for applications is April 30th, 2014 and interviews will be held via Skype on Friday, May 9th for a possible start date at one of the overseas research sites for a 6 week period from mid June.  Applicants need to send their resumes and requests for the application questionnaire by email to [email protected]  or by mail to Sara Carlson, Director of Opwall USA, PO Box 3068, Staunton, VA.


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