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Endocrinology Lab Volunteer

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The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival in Front Royal, Virginia, is seeking a volunteer to conduct literature reviews of existing and new publications and articles. The volunteer will assist with research on allostatic load in chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and elephants by cataloging articles on allostatic load biomarkers and maintaining a database of relevant articles, as well as completing other data management tasks as needed. The volunteer will gain experience in animal physiology research, understand data collection and systematic literature review, and become familiar with the primary analyses of allostatic load and physiological welfare.

The Center for Species Survival is a leader in the study of rare and endangered species. Its staff is diverse, with specialties in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, cryobiology, embryology, molecular biology and behavior. Staff scientists have pioneered important concepts in reproductive biology for threatened and endangered species and created new conservation tools.

Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one shift per week for a minimum of six months. Shift times are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (weekend days not available). Please note that this volunteer opportunity is office-based and does NOT involve working with animals.

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Applicants studying biological sciences, animal science or veterinary medicine with previous lab experience are preferred, but no formal degree or training is required.


Once provisionally accepted, volunteers must complete mandatory online orientation and training. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for all volunteers.


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This position is highly competitive, and there is limited space available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applicants will be interviewed by staff, and if provisionally accepted will undergo a background check, including fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval.