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Internship & Volunteer Positions

All of our internships can be filled by qualified and motivated volunteers, as well as current students and graduates. Read the descriptions carefully, and if you are ready, find out how to apply.

Current Listings

Field Research Intern
New--Social Networking Intern
Nonprofit Organization Development Specialist
Nature Photography Science and Business Specialist
Database Specialist
IT/Webmaster Intern
Insect Taxonomy Specialist

Field Research Intern

Participants who have completed our western Ecuador research program may opt to continue independent study beyond the length of the expedition. Those with a strong ability to work independently under rigorous conditions and proficiency in Spanish might consider this option. See the project pages for a description of the project as a whole. Interns may contribute to work already in progress or may, with the assistance of our organization, develop their own project which may potentially contribute to a thesis or dissertation. Interns pay their own expenses, which comes to approximately $500/month. RAEI provides logistical support in the field as well as continuing support through analysis and publication. Data is shared between our organization and the intern. There are a variety of projects available, which are developed in conjunction with the intern. These include study at new sites as well as undertaking different topics and methods at existing sites. Please note: you must have completed one of our field programs in Ecuador or Mexico before applying to the field research internship.

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Social Networking, News, and Recruitment Intern

RAEI keeps active social networks on Facebook and Twitter, and will be launching a page for "Reptiles and Amphibians in the News" section on our website. The networking intern will assist with:

  • Recruiting members for our social networking pages
  • Recruiting participants in our field programs and workshops
  • Posting reptiles and amphibian news stories to our networking pages and website
  • Fundraising drives

Duration: Minimum six-week committment

Hours: 10-20 hours/week

Location: This internship may be carried out virtually, anywhere in the world.

No stipend is currently available, but interns may receive consideration in our field research program.

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Nonprofit Fundraising (Development) Specialist

RAEI is a small, but rapidly growing 501(c)(3) organization. Depending on background and education, the fundraising intern will be assisting with various areas of organizational growth, including:

  • Grant-writing
  • Sponsorship requests
  • Coordinating fundraising events
  • Administrating a contact and donor database
  • Administering a grants database
  • Recruiting research and workshop participants
  • Processing information requests and participant applications

The ideal applicant will have some background in the nonprofit world which includes experience in one or more of the above activities. He or she should have knowledge and enthusiasm for the mission of RAEI. The candidate should be able to follow directions to the letter, but also be able to offer new ideas and improvements.

Duration: Minimum one month commitment

Hours: 10-40 hours/week

Location: Preferably Tucson, Arizona, USA, but will consider telecommuting applicants as well.

No stipend is currently available, but interns may receive consideration in our field research program.

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Nature Photography Science and Business Specialist

The photography intern will be given the responsibility of managing a database of approximately 35,000 photographs of the natural world.  Photographs need to be cataloged and keyworded. This entails embedding metadata into them which contains information about copyright, location, species, specimen number, etc. The intern then has the responsibility to make the images available for public and private use. Public uses include making the images available as photo vouchers, which other researchers can use in their own work. Private uses include selling digital images to stock agencies and fine-art prints to individuals, which comprises part of our fundraising efforts. The intern will be assisting with posting photos to stock agency sites (e.g. www.Alamy.com) and receiving and processing photo requests from these agencies. The intern will also learn fine-art matting and framing techniques to fulfill orders from individual clients. Interns with experience in web design may assist with the design and development of BiodiversityPhotography.org

Qualifications.  An ideal candidate has:

  • A strong interest in learning the science, art, and business of photography
  • Proficiency of imaging software (e.g. Photoshop)
  • A conscientious attitude and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of photo archiving software (e.g. Adobe Lightroom or Photools Imatch) a plus
  • Knowledge of web design a plus

Duration: Minimum six week commitment.

Hours: 15-40 hours/week.

Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA

No stipend is currently available, but interns may receive consideration to be a photographer in our field research program.

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Database Specialist

The intern will be given the responsibility for data entry and management of ecological data. This includes beta testing and assisting with the development of our database projects TRANSECT and IDENTIFY. 

Duties will be commensurate with experience, but may include:

  • Data entry
  • Building database forms
  • Writing database scripts for analysis
  • GIS Data Management
  • Development of web-enabled database forms
  • Development of PDA database applications

Minimum Requirements:

  • A conscientious attitude with attention to detail
  • Good working knowledge of at least one database (not spreadsheet) program, such as Access

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Database programming skills
  • GIS Systems skills
  • HTML proficiency

Duration: Minimum six week commitment.

Hours: 10-40 hours/week.

Location: Initial one-week training period in downtown Tucson, Arizona, USA, and then may be carried out at any location.

No stipend is currently available, but interns may receive consideration in our field research program.

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IT/Webmaster Intern

We have two web sites with literally thousands of pages. The webmaster intern will be given the responsibility for maintaining and developing websites and pages. Specific duties include:

  • Data management for mass communications
  • Graphical and organizational design of websites, banners, etc.

Minimum Requirement:

  • HTML experience with advanced web-authoring software (e.g. Dreamweaver)

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Graphic design skills
  • Proficiency with design software (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)

Duration: Minimum one month commitment.

Hours: 10-40 hours/week.

Location: Initial one-week training period in downtown Tucson, Arizona, USA, and then may be carried out at any location.

No stipend is currently available, but interns may receive consideration in our field research program.

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Insect Taxonomy Specialist

In the course of our field work, we have developed a large collection of insect photographs.  A majority of these insects have not been identified to species. However, we have confirmed that we have discovered new species and even a new genus of insect in our photo collection. The intern will be working with our large collection of unidentified insect photos with experts in the field.  This involves studying an insect collection and corresponding with experts from around the world who specialize on various taxa of insect.

Qualifications:

  • At least basic coursework in entomology (advanced coursework or degree desired)
  • Enthusiasm for subject

Duration: Minimum six week commitment.

Hours: 10-40 hours/week.

Location: Virtual internship; can be carried out anywhere.

No stipend is currently available, but interns may receive consideration in our field research program.

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Internships

All of our internship positions can also be filled by non-student volunteers.

Our Interns

Danielle Bittner, Development
Andrew Durso, Field Research
Craig Biegler, Insect Taxonomy
Marie Zubinski, Photography
Patrick Gorring, Insect Taxonomy


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