Wildlife Research & Social Media Internship
Start date: As soon as filled. (We will work with students to spread out their credit hours during the end of this Fall semester and into Spring semester as we hope to start on-boarding someone before the semester ends.)
Application review starts October 29, 2021.
Position location: Laramie, Wyoming; remote work possible
Position type: part time, unbenefited
Duration: 3 months; possibility to extend
Hours: 18/week, with a flexible schedule and weekly meetings
Pay: Volunteer but with the possibility of credit at Uwyo. Many departments and colleges offer internships and independent studies as course requirements, WMI will work with the student and their advisor to help fulfill their internship/independent study course requirements. WMI has many projects ranging from social media content creation to data inventory that can be tailored to fit course requirements and student interests.
The Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI) is offering a research experience and social media internship. This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated student with a passion for communicating science and getting experience in wildlife science.
Depending on current WMI needs and applicant’s skills, responsibilities may include:
- Inventorying video footage from GPS camera collars (Mule Deer, Pronghorn)
- Setting up and checking DSLR camera traps and Reconyx trail cameras
- Data collection on wildlife and fence interactions
- Developing, writing, and editing content for web and social media platforms (this might also include taking video and photos on our various research projects and campaigns pending on the interest of the intern)
- Preparing content for newsletters or other mailings
- Assisting with general communications office functions as assigned
Training in data inventory, specific science communication techniques and practices, will be provided as appropriate.
The intern will be supervised by Emily Reed, WMI Research Scientist. The intern will also work with the rest of the WMI team.
The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to expand their research skills in data inventory and data management and the interest in content management and science communications skills in a professional setting.
Relevant skills include:
- Computer literacy and a firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
- Excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal skills
- Strong skills in visual communication (e.g., photography, graphic design, video, and/or )
- Awareness of and commitment to best practices in science communication including accessibility, inclusive communications, and public engagement and/or interest in becoming skilled in this area
- Current enrollment in a field related to wildlife or science communication (e.g., Communications, English, Biology, etc.)
- Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
- Ability to communicate in a professional manner with work colleagues, researchers and community contacts
Opportunities & Benefits
We provide active training, proactive supervision, and work with interns to identify work plans that will build skills and result in mutually beneficial work products. Past interns have transitioned into longer-term employment roles, and have leveraged their portfolios from their time with us toward major career steps after graduation.
To Apply Submit application to Emily Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Internship”. Initial review of applications will begin October 29, 2021. This position is open until filled. Application should include:
Cover letter (max 2 pages) explaining a) your interest in the internship and how it relates to your career goals; b) aspects of the internship you would particularly like to pursue.
Resume/CV (1-3 pages welcomed) emphasizing: a) communication-related experience, including training; b) science background (incl. education, volunteer and outreach experience); c) other experience relevant to sharing/translating science.
About the Wyoming Migration Initiative
WMI is based at the University of Wyoming, our offices are in the Biological Science Building in the Wyoming Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Research Unit.
WMI conducts innovative research and shares scientific information through public outreach. We work with scientists, resource managers, educators, artists, photographers, cartographers and others to advancing the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Wyoming's migratory ungulates. You can learn more about WMI by checking out our website, https://migrationinitiative.org/ or following us on our social media platforms.
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