Monday, April 6, 2009

Full Time Internships - Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

Full Time Internships - Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) is the parent body for three zoos (Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts, Torquay) and three nature reserves (Primley Park and Clennon Gorge both adjacent to Paignton Zoo and Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, South Devon). The Field Conservation and Research Department of the WWCT conducts research across all sites in the WWCT family and has an excellent reputation for high quality research and good publication rates. The Department has well qualified staff with expertise and extensive experience of research supervision in a range of fields such as animal behaviour, welfare, nutrition, plant and animal ecology, genetics and visitor studies.

The Department's research is focused in three main areas:

• Behavioural Husbandry and Welfare. Includes research into the effects of the zoo environment on behaviour, methods to measure welfare, animal training, nutrition

• Behavioural Ecology and Cognition. Includes infant development, social interactions, dominance hierarchies, cognitive abilities, discrimination methods

• Conservation, Ecology and Environment. Includes monitoring the effects of reserve management eg grassland restoration, conservation grazing, autecology of individual species

The Department is currently offering the following full-time internships:

Ecological research(2 positions available), working within the Paignton Zoo nature reserves, Devon. The position is full time, voluntary for 6 months. Applications due by the 13th April 2009

Husbandry and welfare Research: Macaca nigra (1 position available), working within Newquay Zoo, Cornwall. The position is full time, voluntary for 4 months. Applications due by 13th April 2009

All interns will gain valuable experience and develop practical skills in the following areas:

• Research techniques in the relevant field

• All aspects of conducting a research project including preparation, data collection, data analysis and report writing.

• Communication, including formal scientific presentations, talks to school groups and the general public

• Aspects of zoo animal husbandry or nature reserve management

Internships are open to graduates in a relevant subject (e.g. Biology, Zoology, Ecology) and undergraduates requiring sandwich placements. All internships are unpaid.

To apply send a letter of application with a 2 page c.v. to

If you require any further information please contact Kirsten Pullen as above.

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