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Volunteer ForestGEO Tree Survey

  • Ecology volunteer in the field

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, serves as an umbrella for the Smithsonian Institution's global effort to understand and conserve species and to train future generations of conservationists. The CTFS-Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) is seeking volunteers to support researchers as field assistants for the annual tree and plant survey on the Front Royal campus.

Volunteers must be able to commit to two days per week for least two months during the duration of the survey - April to September 2018. Shifts are available Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are no weekend opportunities available.
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Volunteers must have the ability to work in the field for prolonged hours in hot and humid conditions, physically fit and able to walk, bend, kneel, and move comfortably over uneven terrain in the field, and must be detail oriented and organized. No previous experience in ecology, fieldwork, or data collection is required. An interest in ecology is preferred.


Once accepted volunteers must complete online training. Additional field training will be provided on the job. Volunteers will acquire skills in vegetation inventory and botanical fieldwork.


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Staff will interview selected applicants, and those who are provisionally accepted will have background checks conducted, including fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a volunteer.