Undergraduate Internship in the Kirtlandia Research Internship Program
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 275,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.
Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. The Museum will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.
The Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized and energetic individual who is passionate about research in ornithology. The Museum is one of several organizations carrying out the Lights Out Cleveland program, monitoring bird-building collisions during spring and fall migration. Bird casualties come to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where they are made into research specimens. The ultimate goal of Lights Out Cleveland is to make Cleveland a bird safe city. A sixteen week internship is available for September to December 2019, thanks to funding from the Kirtlandia Society's Research Internship Program and a Conservation Grant from Columbus Audubon Society.
Under the general supervision of the Curator and the Collections Manager of the Ornithology Department, the Kirtlandia Research Intern will prepare specimens salvaged during the Lights Out Cleveland migration surveys, and will carry out research using these specimens.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for preparing specimens, primarily as skeletons with spread wings and tissue samples. Initial training will be provided, and the intern will be expected to work fairly independently after the first few weeks.
Responsible for generating new labels for the specimens.
Responsible for working with the Curator and the Collection Manager to generate scientific questions that can be answered using Lights Out Cleveland specimens. The intern will collect data and analyze it, and collaborate with Ornithology to staff to write a scientific report on the outcome of their research.
Education and/or Experience
Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or recently graduated with a BS or BA degree (graduation date must be in 2019).
Ability to multi-task and efficiently prioritize assignments while working independently.
Data quality is of the utmost importance, and the intern is expected to have strong attention to detail, to be thorough in data collection, and to write labels with legible handwriting.
Professional demeanor, tact, diplomacy, discretion, good judgment, strong insight and instinct, maturity and sophistication.
Intermediate knowledge and ability working with computers and computer systems.
Familiarity with bird identification in North America is preferred but not required.
Previous experience with museum specimen preparation and conducting original research is preferred but not required.
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