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10 Feb 2023

Temporary Conservation Biology Apprentice

San Diego Natural History Museum – Posted by San Diego, California, United States

Job Description

STEM APPRENTICESHIPS: The San Diego Natural History Museum science research apprenticeship program provides training and mentoring in curation, imaging, databasing protocols, and collections-based research to students, to prepare them for continued advancement in biological sciences, which can translate to career pathways in academia and research, as well as biological consulting.

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY APPRENTICE PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The apprentice will contribute to a project focused on understanding the current state of biodiversity in San Diego urban canyons. Potential tasks include the following: preforming manual digitization to map canyons, compiling and organizing environmental, biodiversity, and other types of data associated with canyons, and field site visits to photo document and ground truth digitization efforts. Apprentice will also be expected to create a final report or presentation on their work. Apprentices will receive daily instruction, guidance, and follow-up for all tasks assigned.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Online research and data collection;
  • Digitization;
  • Data cleaning;
  • Data management 
Responsibilities may also include:
  • Field site visits;
  • Analysis to understand biodiversity data gaps
Final Evaluation:

Apprentice must create a report / presentation on their work at the end of the apprenticeship. This will likely be data-focused, so an interest in data and data visualization is preferable.

  • Interest in conservation and natural history
  • Strong communication skills with attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Technology skills; experience using Google My Maps or other GIS software a plus
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must:
  • Reside in San Diego County and attend a community college or university in San Diego County
  • A special emphasis is placed on recruiting students in San Diego County who are members of groups underrepresented in STEM careers.

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

HOURS: Up to 275 hours total. Flexible schedule. Some remote work may be possible.

COMPENSATION: Paid, hourly. College and university students will be paid at $16.30/hr.

LOCATION: On-Site. Some remote work may be possible. Some fieldwork may be possible.

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a CV or resume with three references and a Cover Letter. All materials should go to No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

Job expires in 48 days.

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