A biology student recently asked me about herpetology internships:
“I’m a college student with a biology major and extremely interested in herpetology as a career field and I was wondering if you know of any good places that take college students in for summer internships?”
Internships and seasonal jobs are great resources for college students since most fall within the summer months when school is out. Landing a herpetology job for the summer can be difficult since there are not as many positions studying herps as there are surveying for birds and mammals. But herp jobs do exist you just need to know where to look, be persistent, and start early. Most summer jobs start posting in late winter and early spring so they can get someone hired before the surveys begin. I don’t know of any direct organizations that are guaranteed to have herp-related internships and/or seasonal jobs but there are some good resources that occasionally post these kind of jobs. I highly suggest checking out Texas A&M Wildlife Job Board. I’ve seen herp-related internships posted there before (I’ve even applied for a few and been offered a couple seasonal herp jobs from these listings!!). Also, check out the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. They have all sorts of herp jobs posted including some part-time and seasonal work. One more resource is Partners of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) job page. Of course, check with your local zoos, universities, and fish and wildlife services to see if they have anything.
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