The intern will be a key member of the Mount Rainier wildlife crew with primary duties supporting our bat monitoring and white-nose syndrome (WNS) surveillance program. The intern will be trained to conduct field-based surveys for bats by conducting emergence counts at bat colonies, assisting with bat captures to screen for WNS, and using acoustic detectors (Petterssen D500x) and Sonobat 4.0 to process bat calls. The intern will also be responsible for coordinating an established research project in collaboration with university partners evaluating bat guano as a tool for surveillance and early detection of the pathogen that causes the disease white-nose syndrome. This includes an opportunity to visit the university laboratory to learn and assist with DNA extractions and other molecular biology work. The intern may also assist with additional wildlife program work, including bird banding at our constant-effort MAPS station, Cascade red fox surveys, and American pika surveys.
In order to be eligible for a DHA internship, participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or PhD degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship. Persons enrolled in a certificate program do not qualify for DHA positions. Note: persons enrolled in a certificate program do not qualify for DHA positions