Zoo Help: Endocrinology Lab
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival in Front Royal, Virginia, is seeking a volunteer to assist in the state-of-the-art Wildlife Endocrinology Research Lab. The Department of Reproductive Sciences is a world leader in the study of rare and endangered species. The department faculty is diverse but specializes in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, cryobiology, embryonic/molecular biology, behavior and the tools associated with assisted reproduction. Staff scientists have pioneered important concepts in reproductive biology for threatened and endangered species and created new conservation tools, including new approaches for noninvasive monitoring of hormone profiles; artificial insemination; implementation of a “mobile laboratory research” unit; and databases to track cryo-preserved biomaterials. More than 140 mammal, fish, coral, urchin, algal and bird species have benefited from this vast experience.
The Endocrinology Research Lab is currently seeking a volunteer to assist with fecal hormone extractions, cataloging and inventorying supplies, and laboratory management—including cleaning, restocking and preparing reagents, and data entry.
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).