Conservation and Research, Undergraduate Intern

POSITION TITLE: Conservation and Research, Undergraduate Intern
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time summer position, 8 weeks at 40 hours per week
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: June 3 - August 6
DEPARTMENT: Conservation and Research
REPORTS TO: Atlanta Botanical Garden Research Coordinator
REVISION DATE: 01/31/2019

JOB SUMMARY:

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is seeking a highly motivated and results-oriented undergraduate research assistant to join our Conservation and Research team, focusing on plant molecular population genetics in the Garden’s molecular laboratory. The successful candidate will work in a team environment to perform DNA isolations, organize plant tissue samples, and submit samples for genotyping related to our ongoing project on the population genetics of Conradina glabra. The candidate will be detail oriented, maintain excellent records of experiments performed, and note problems and recommend solutions. The laboratory and data analysis skills learned in this position are useful for students considering a career in plant biology, conservation, horticulture, and agriculture.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Organizing and databasing a large number of samples
  • Isolating DNA using standard techniques (CTAB method)
  • Organizing samples for submission for genotyping
  • Assist researchers in the molecular laboratory
  • Research relevant topics on conservation using scientific journal articles
  • Other duties may include: Participation in field work, partner meetings, and individual research projects for conservation projects. Some overnight travel may be required for fieldwork.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working in a molecular lab, preference will be given to those with experience
  • Enrolled in a university program majoring in Plant Biology, Biology, or similar OR a holds a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology, Biology, or related field and has graduated in the last year.
  • Highly organized with the ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with high attention to detail and adherence to laboratory research
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • High-level critical thinking, analytic and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Strong ability to document experiments and troubleshoot protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment

Please e-mail resume to Careers at careers@atlantabg.org, along with the title of the position you are applying for.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.