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Memphis Zoo Summer Research Internship

Position: Conservation Research Internship (Amphibian Ecology and Conservation) 

Organization: Memphis Zoo

Location: Memphis, TN, United States

Duration: Summer, Annually.

Job Description:

Memphis Zoo’s Department of Conservation & Research is offering an internship in conservation biology. The position is available for upper level undergraduate students and 1-2 year post-graduates. This internship offers a unique research experience in a zoo setting working with scientists conducting cutting edge and frontline projects to conserve wildlife, and will provide valuable training in laboratory techniques, experimental design, and data analysis for individuals aspiring to professional careers in biology, conservation, ecology, and veterinary sciences.

Specific Project & Internship Description: 

Amidst the sixth mass extinction, amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals. In light of these threats, captive colonies have been established for insurance and future reintroductions. However, a critical factor that determines the success of these programs is whether captive-released individuals have the ability to adapt to natural environments. With this in mind, we will be working on research projects that investigate the reproductive biology, development, morphology, and survivorship of captive-bred amphibians at various life stages in an array of different treatments both in the lab and in the field.

Specifically, the Amphibian Ecology and Conservation Intern will work with Dr. Sinlan Poo, who is a Research Scientist at the Memphis Zoo. The intern will learn a variety of field and laboratory techniques, including visual encounter surveys, hormone induced spermiation/ovulation, sperm assessment, cryopreservation, captive breeding, in vitro fertilization, amphibian development and morphology assessments, and field monitoring of tadpoles and juveniles. Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to communicate their research to the public through educational outreaches at the Zoo.

Requirements for this Position:

Applicants must have a B.S. or at least three years of college level course work in biology or a related field. Preference will be given to individuals with a strong academic record and a particular interest in amphibian ecology. Experience with field experiments, laboratory techniques, and data analysis is preferred, but not required. Interns must have a strong work ethic and a willingness and flexibility to work consecutive days (including weekends) depending on the need of the animals. Interns must be comfortable with potentially working long hours in the lab and under uncomfortable conditions in the field. Other requirements include the ability to work with a team and independently, follow instruction, and exhibit excellent oral and written skills.

Question regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Sinlan Poo ( with “Amphibian Research Internship” in the subject line. 

Women and underrepresented groups in Science are encouraged to apply.

Internships for summer 2023 will be posted around Feb.

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