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Paid Internship: Research Assistants for Conservation Leadership Project

Posted: April 11, 2024 Expired: May 9, 2024
CS the Critter Saver
17 Year

CS the Critter Saver

Paid Internship: Research Assistants for Conservation Leadership Project


This research project will explore the role zoos and aquariums take in cultivating the next generation of conservation leaders. Our project, "From Summer Camps to Conservation Courses: What roles do Zoos and Aquariums play in Growing Conservation Leaders?" seeks to evaluate and understand the educational programs designed to foster conservation leadership globally.


  • Assist in the development of surveys tailored for zoo and aquarium education program coordinators.

  • Conduct a comprehensive audit of institutional websites to gather data on conservation leadership programs, including curriculum details, duration, cost, and targeted ages of the students.

  • Participate in organizing and conducting semi-structured interviews with program participants and facilitators.

  • Engage in the selection and analysis of case studies exemplifying best practices in conservation leadership training.

  • Support the data collection process through sampling, survey distribution, and interview coordination.

  • Contribute to both quantitative and qualitative data analysis processes.

  • Help in the preparation of reports and presentations to disseminate research findings.


  • Catalog and detail the various conservation leadership programs zoos and aquariums offer worldwide.

  • Assess the impact of these programs on developing conservation leadership skills among participants.

  • Draw comparisons between the educational strategies of US institutions and those abroad.


  • Must be 17 years of age or older. 

  • Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a program related to Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Education, or a related field.

  • Must have strong organizational and communication skills.

  • Must be proficient in data collection and analysis. 

  • Must be willing to learn more about qualitative and quantitative research methods.

  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Must have a keen interest in conservation education and leadership development.

  • Must be able to commit to finishing their part of the research project and not leave their teammates responsible for completing the research report.

  • Must be proficient in Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel, the second choice for documenting the research findings. The ability to design and lay out the final report in Canva is a bonus.


  • Gain hands-on experience in conservation education research.

  • Work closely with professionals in the field of conservation and education.

  • Contribute to meaningful work that supports the development of future conservation leaders.

  • Flexible schedule to accommodate academic and personal commitments.

  • Opportunity for authorship in project reports and presentations.


  • The internship project will run from May 1, 2024 - August 18, 2024

  • This position can be carried out remotely, with virtual meetings as needed.


A flat fee is paid based on the work time available and the quality of the project delivery..

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the project, and any relevant academic or work experience to with the subject line "Conservation Leadership Project Internship.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2024

Join us in this impactful research project and help shape the future of conservation leadership through education. We look forward to your applications!

CS the Critter Saver
Wilmington, VTPhone: 802-258-8046

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