2017 PAFF Internship (Field Work)
Organization Name Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc. (PAFF) Organization Address: Organization Type Non-Profit/Charity (non government) PA Firefly Festival Board Position Type Paid Internship 13558 Route 666
Position Title PAFF Summer Research Intern Tionesta, PA 16353
Dates June to August 2017 (8-10 weeks) pafireflyfestival@gmail.com
Housing included Supervisor: Bruce Parkhurst parkhurst.bruce@gmail.com
Research Internship - Lampyridae Studies The PA Firefly Festival (PAFF) seeks an undergraduate student to conduct basic field research on firefly habitats in Forest County PA (Allegheny National Forest area). Additional requirements relate to PAFF’s schedule of educational outreach events during firefly season. This opportunity will ideally mesh with the candidate’s academic goals and interests, and help the intern develop skills and experience. The internship is funded by a grant from the Allegheny Chapter of the Sierra Club (Huplits Wildlife Fund).
PAFF is interested in local fireflies in their natural environment. Field work will involve making & recording phenological observations by day and GPS readings for firefly habitats at night. Please see the 2012 A survey of firefly populations in Forest County, by the Firefly International Research and Education (FIRE) team, identifying over 15 local species and selected habitat locations. PAFF’s long range goal is to identify firefly habitat areas in the Allegheny National Forest on a forest-wide scale, and map them in a GIS (Geographic Information System database). PAFF has (in ArcGIS) layers including local topo and streams, roads and trails, forest boundaries, and geo points for the locations from the FIRE Team study. Building on this work is the specific research aim in 2017. Please note that PAFF will consider any firefly research topic that a candidate has already formulated (provided that it will enhance our understanding of local firefly species and is generally supervised by your home institution). Qualifications The successful candidate will have some field study experience and be well grounded in research etiquette and responsible research conduct. The ideal candidate will also be energetic and have an inquisitive mind. Due to the remote location, requirements include good health & physical stamina, a love of the outdoors, and no reservations about being outdoors at night in the forest when fireflies are active. Own vehicle & camping experience (& gear) are helpful. Any undergraduate may apply, but special consideration will be given to US citizens or permanent residents, most especially those from Northwest PA, and particularly Forest County natives. Additional Duties The research candidate will assist in various capacities, especially at the annual firefly festival June 24 (and related work days). In this regard, any outgoing and intelligent applicant whose broader combination of skills & academic interest mesh with these duties of the internship will be at an advantage. Helping with the festival itself involves a minimum of 2 weeks of focused work. We seek a hard working team player who enjoys interacting with people, interested in teaching about fireflies, and capable of required duties:
-- get up to speed on local fireflies – basic knowledge (PAFF has resources to assist you)
-- help with orientation of volunteers, learn to give talks and guide groups (guided walks: June 14-July 1)
-- assist with logistics of festival: preparations, set-up, break down
-- work assigned duty/duties before and after the festival; lead firefly walks at night as demand dictates
-- participate in basic firefly monitoring activities (in the 1-2 weeks before festival, as fireflies emerge).
Duration 8-10 week internship runs early June - early Aug, coinciding with the PA Firefly Festival season. Must be on site continuously 6/12-7/1 to assist with firefly season events and outreach. We have flexibility on other dates.
Application Submit a letter of interest to PAFF emails in this header (or mail by post). Describe your interest in this opportunity, your research interests & experience, and describe the evidence of outstanding academic potential you would submit if asked. Provide 3 references, 1 of which is your faculty or research advisor (incl tel #s & emails).
Salary Level $2500 stipend A small budget for supplies and/or follow-up work related to the research is available.
Housing included tent camping and/or rustic cabin stay available on festival premises: Black Caddis Ranch Bed & Breakfast, Kellettville. B&B overnights or temporary stay with local supporters may be possible on some dates.
Letters of Interest due March 4. Submit info to both emails (or 1 address) shown at the top of this page.

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