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Citizen Scientist: e-Mammal Lab

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center in Front Royal, Virginia, is seeking a volunteer to assist in the data entry of eMammal images. The eMammal program allows citizen scientists to work in collaboration with researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and North Carolina State University, in a mission to document mammals throughout the world. Within this, eMammal is a tool for processing, storing and analyzing camera trap data, these photos help researchers answer questions about mammal distribution and abundance, and to use this information for conservation management of wildlife.

The eMammal Lab is currently seeking a volunteer to assist with data entry of images. Please note this is an office-based volunteer opportunity.

Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one day per week for a minimum of six months. Times are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (weekends not available).
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Applicants studying ecology, animal science or biology with previous data experience and considerable attention to detail are preferred. Computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, are required but no formal degree or training is necessary.


Once accepted, the volunteer must complete online orientation training. Additional training will be provided on the job.


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These positions are highly competitive, and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applicants will be interviewed by staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a volunteer.