Intern with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust in Term 1 or Term 3 2022 and gain real world experience before you graduate!
Opportunity Type: Science or free elective
Ideal for: Any undergraduate 2nd, 3rd year or postgraduate (coursework) ecology / environmental science students, including international students.
Deadline: 11:45pm, Monday 22nd November
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is a statutory (NSW Government) not-for-profit body established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, which commenced operating in 2017. The BCT is within the portfolio of the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, and is the primary organisation delivering private land conservation in NSW.
A key project of the BCT is the Ecological Monitoring Module (EMM). The EMM seeks to measure state and change in biodiversity on BCT agreement and control sites across NSW, in order to evaluate conservation outcomes and inform adaptive management. The EMM methodology uses vegetation integrity as a surrogate for biodiversity value and is centred around the Biodiversity Assessment Method.
Internships will involve fieldwork implementing the EMM at a variety of agreement and/or control sites within a particular BCT region (see map below); undertaking plot-based vegetation surveys under the supervision of a BCT ecologist. Each project will also include an independent research component, where interns will collect and analyse data on a complementary biodiversity value (e.g. bird or reptile diversity) at the same set of sites.
Opportunities for internships over the next 12 months occur during the following timeframes:
- March – May 2022 (Term 1 2022)
- September – November 2022 (Term 3 2022)
Specific dates are to be negotiated on a student-by-student basis with the relevant BCT regional staff.
The internship is unpaid, though the BCT will cover all costs (e.g. travel and accommodation) associated with undertaking fieldwork in different regions. Students must complete the internship as part of a work-integrated-learning elective course.
- Internships are available to any undergraduate 2nd, 3rd year or postgraduate (coursework) ecology / environmental science students, including international students.
- Prerequisite skills include; undergraduate-level understanding of ecology and ecological field skills; capacity to undertake physical, outdoor activity; basic scientific analysis and writing skills.
If you have any questions about the above eligibility requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply
Please submit your application via this online form. You will be asked to submit a brief resume, academic statement and cover letter. The Cover letter should be no more than 1-2 pages and address the following relevant selection criteria.
- Undergraduate-level understanding of ecology and ecological field skills (as judged by student academic transcript);
- Capacity to undertake physical, outdoor activity (as judged by Resume and Cover Letter response);
- Basic scientific analysis and writing skills (as judged by Resume and Cover Letter response); and
- Motivation for applying and enthusiasm for field ecology and conservation (as judged by Cover Letter response)
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APPLICATIONS CLOSE 11:45pm Monday 22nd November