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Volunteer Citizen Scientist: Insect Survey

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The CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Ecosystems & Climate lab is seeking volunteers to assist in a research project studying tropical and temperate trends in insect diversity. Volunteers are needed to assist a group of research scientists conducting insect collection in the field and rearing caterpillars in the lab.

Volunteers must commit to one or two days per week from May 1 to Aug. 20, 2017.  There are no weekend opportunities available. 

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Special qualifications: 

Volunteers must be able to work in the field for prolonged hours in hot and humid conditions. Volunteers must be detail oriented, organized, have fine motor skills and be able to collaborate effectively as part of a research team. Some experience with insect identification is a plus but not essential.


Once accepted volunteers must complete online training. Additional training will be provided on the job.


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Additional information: 

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.