The zoo is open! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Virginia Working Landscapes: Wood Turtle Ecology Aide

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Virginia Working Landscapes is recruiting volunteers for the Wood Turtle Ecology Lab and to support field work and data management at SCBI and several study sites.

This project is coordinated with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and with Virginia’s participation in the conservation planning and implementation for the wood turtle and associated riparian species of great conservation need from Maine to Virginia. VWL is seeking volunteers to assist with stream surveys and other field tasks, including radio-tracking, a study on movement, population ecology, nesting ecology and conservation of the wood turtle.

Volunteers must be able to commit one to two days per week between March 1 and June 30. The schedule is flexible based on the volunteer’s availability and is weather dependent. There may be an opportunity for extension, if interested.

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Special qualifications: 

Volunteers should be reliable, physically fit, willing to work in all types of weather and able to walk, bend, kneel and move comfortably over uneven terrain in the field. Volunteers should also be detail oriented, organized and computer literate. An interest in wildlife ecology and conservation is preferred. Previous field and/or data management experience is beneficial but not necessary.


Training will be provided on the job.


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Additional information: 

Volunteers need a valid driver's license, access to a vehicle and a willingness to drive long distances. An ability and enthusiasm to work long hours outside in cold and wet conditions in remote field settings and in conditions that may expose you to biting insects, ticks, poison ivy, livestock and wildlife is a must. Volunteers should be able to take directions easily and work well with others. Volunteers will interact professionally with interns, local landowners and scientists.

Questions?  Contact scbieducation@si.edu

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