Groundwater Species Survey and Identification(LOCAL CANDIDATES ONLY)

Expected Dates
August 29, 2022 to August 27, 2023
San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center
Position ID
The selected candidate will assist US Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist survey groundwater and identify taxa that are collected in these samples. Field sampling will involve deploying various traps and returning a few days later to retrieve the traps. Specimen identification will require the use of a directing scope. 
The intern would:
  • Sort and identify groundwater dwelling invertebrates
  • Use a dissecting scope and imaging software to take pictures of these invertebrates
  • Subsample the invertebrate tissue for downstream analyses
  • Catalog what species were identified, from what location, their collection date, and how many were observed.

The intern would have the opportunity to:

  • Get field experience working on drilled water wells to collect invertebrates
  • Set traps by lowering small containers down a well
  • Retrieve set traps and preserve the collected samples
  • Gain experience with field data collection 

Living allowance: $520 per week
Local Candidates only (no housing or travel)
This internship is NOT AmeriCorps eligible.

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to provide proof of up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Up to date vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
competent without supervision
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
Data Analysis
competent without supervision