Conservation Internship – Insect Biodiversity Specialist

Mid Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Insect Biodiversity Specialist  – Conservation Internship

Learn more about the fascinating and diverse world of insects and other invertebrates by helping us to process and image specimens! Our various insect ecology studies aim to describe the diversity of this under-explored group, to describe the pollinator webs of rare plant species, and to compare insect communities between different habitats in order to better restore them. You can help us by taking high-resolution microscope images, separating samples from detritus and sorting them to the Order level (beetles vs flies vs wasps, for instance), then selecting a group to learn more about and sort further. Interns will/may also have the opportunity to join us in the field to do some sampling. This job requires good attention to detail, as many invertebrates are identified using extremely minute differences in key body parts.

Interns will work side-by-side with staff conducting work to understand, protect, and restore California’s biodiversity. Intern experiences will include introduction and training, progressively increasing responsibilities, and personalized goals and emphases, as well as learning about other work within the department and organization and other professional development opportunities. It will culminate with a chance to share your work with others, symposium-style, at the Garden. This is a temporary, non-exempt, 8-10 week internship position (between June and September, 2022). The application deadline is April 15, 2022, at 8 PM.

To apply, please click here:SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN INC – Conservation Internship – Insect Biodiversity Specialist (

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