Citizen Science

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Internship Opportunities with the Citizen Science Program

Season: Year Round

Project Supervisor: Dr. Alison Cawood, Citizen Science Coordinator

Citizen science is the active participation of volunteers in scientific research.  It can take the form of collecting data, working alongside researchers in the lab and the field, and communicating project results.  At SERC, citizen scientists engage in projects ranging from archaeology to invasive species research.  Citizen science project coordination involves a wide range of activities, including volunteer recruitment, training, and management, communicating the methods and results of SERC citizen science projects to volunteers and to members of the public orally and in writing, working with scientists to identify roles for volunteers in their research, and tracking the progress of ongoing citizen science projects.

Internship:  The citizen science intern will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of citizen science projects, involving a variety of labs and topics, over the course of the internship.  Responsibilities will include working with adult and student volunteers in the field, participating in volunteer training activities, creating content for the citizen science project webpages, and working with partner organizations to implement citizen science activities.

Desired Qualifications:  Interest in citizen science, science outreach, science communication, or science education.  Strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.  Strong scientific background (college-level coursework in natural sciences), although the applicant does not have to be a science major.  Willingness and ability to work in field conditions in hot weather.  Teaching and/or volunteer management experience is a plus.

Interested? Email Dr. Alison Cawood at to receive more information about the position!