Robert F. Betz Summer Internship

Organization: Fermilab Natural Areas [more info]
Salary: $4,800 stipend
Duties and
The Robert F. Betz Summer Internship is sponsored by Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit corporation operating exclusively within the boundaries of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois.

The intern will be assisting in habitat management at the 6,800-acre site and can expect to gain a broad understanding of ecological restoration practices and applications as well as theory. Duties will include: native seed collection and processing, invasive species control using mechanical and chemical practices, botanical surveys of restored prairie, forest and wetland communities, tree and shrub care, assisting with volunteer workdays and research projects, aspects of wildlife monitoring and use of ESRI ArcGIS. Off-site visits to nature preserves, attending professional ecology meetings, and summarizing your internship in a formal presentation are also possible.

If you have an interest in a small ecology research project please include your idea(s) in the cover letter.

The Robert F. Summer Betz Internship is a minimum of 12 weeks at 40 hours per week but has a flexible start date to accommodate the candidate.

Qualifications: A background in biology is required, with an avid interest in field ecology, especially in the area of ecosystem restoration. Effective oral and written communication skills in English are a necessity. The candidate must be able to work with their hands, on uneven terrain and in a variety of weather situations such as heat, sun, rain, wind as well as in the presence of biological hazards such as mosquitoes, poison ivy and chiggers.

A successful candidate must be self-motivated, able to lead others and work as a team, follow directions, ask questions, and be detail-oriented. Ability to pass a state pesticide license exam is required. Familiarity with all-terrain vehicles is a plus.

Candidates must be 18 or older.
Teen Opportunity: Yes
How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Liz Copeland at
Address: Kirk Rd and Pine Street
Batavia, Illinois 60510
Located in Kane and DuPage County
Categories: Conservation, Environmental/Biological Science
Type: Paid Internship
Timeframe: Summer
Contact: Liz Copeland
FNA vice-president
(Posted: 2/2/19)