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Student Conservation Association Climate Change Intern - North Dakota in Arlington, Virginia

Climate Change Intern - North Dakota

Expected Dates

July 6, 2021 to October 25, 2021


Battelle Memorial Institute

Position ID


The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project is a 30-year operation funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by Battelle Ecology. The mission of the NEON project is to design, implement, and operate continental scale research infrastructure to open new horizons in ecological science and education, and to enable ecological analyses and forecasts for the benefit of society.The observatory network extends across 20 eco-climatic domains, each representing a different US ecosystem. Within each domain, NEON uses cutting-edge technology to observe and measure varied ecological properties, including plant diversity, above and below-ground biomass, carbon storage, and mosquito and beetle diversity. Coupled with these terrestrial observations, are climate instrumentation measurements taken from a tower that extends above the vegetation. The tower measurements include carbon dioxide cycling through the forest canopy, wind speed and directions, rainfall, humidity, light intensity, and air temperature. Long-term monitoring of these properties will help determine linkages between changing properties in the landscape with potential changes in atmospheric and climatic conditions. Additional Information on the project mission can be found athttp://www.neonscience.org/. 2. Required Services Battelle Memorial requests for the acquisition, provision and housing of field technician interns related to the Domain field list below. Interns in this field-going position will work as part of a larger field crew and participate in multiple aspects of NEON’s field data collection efforts. These may include small mammal trapping, insect collection, vegetation surveys, soil sampling, surface water chemistry collection and fish sampling. In addition, back at the lab, interns may gain experience with processing and tracking samples, identifying insects and plants, and data entry. Applicants should expect to work under variable field conditions. Applicants may be expected to drive to and from field sites using company vehicles and must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record. Candidates for the position must also pass a 10 Panel Urine Screening Test for the following substances: amphetamines; barbiturates; benzodiazepines; cocaine metabolite; methadone; opiates (including codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone); 6MAM; oxycodone; phencyclidine (PCP); propoxyphene; and marijuana metabolite (THC).The intern is expected to safely perform field assignments in a variety of environmental conditions and follow sampling protocols under the guidance of NEON Field Ecologists.Benefits Include: $225/week living allowance, housing will be paid for and leased by SCA @ $3,500/month for all four interns, preferably in shared housing, round trip travel of $1,100, and an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,638.00.Tag: SCA1957

Main Area of Focus


Education, Training & Skills Expected


some coursework or experience


some experience

Data Entry

some experience

Field Research

some experience


competent with supervision

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible


Driving Logistics

Valid Drivers License Needed

Personal Vehicle Required

Travel, commuting

Housing or Stipend Provided?




US Citizenship