The Wilds Wildlife Ecology Apprenticeship

Cumberland, Ohio
Oct 07, 2017
Nov 01, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Salary Type

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career professionals. Wildlife facilities include a Hellbender Conservation Center, American Burying Beetle breeding center, and the Conservation Science Training Center which includes a population genetic laboratory.  The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mineland and remnant forest patches that present multiple opportunities for field research and restoration of wildlife populations. 

We have two apprentice positions available in November related to 1) Eastern Hellbender head-starting and American Burying Beetle reintroduction and 2) vernal pool ecology, with a particular focus on amphibians. Within these topics, apprentices will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project involving field, lab, and/or computer modeling components.

Schedule: Five days per week. Six-month positions available starting around November 13, 2017.  No monetary compensation is offered.

Apprentices gain hands-on experience, participate in wildlife and vegetation studies and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest, stream & grassland habitats, typically beyond their specific research focus. 

  • Wildlife Typical tasks: Survey and monitoring for wildlife populations, habitat measurement, implementing habitat improvements and monitoring wildlife recovery, genetic analysis, population modeling, and report writing.
  • Training: field methods (species identification, survey protocols, research methodology), laboratory methods (genetic techniques, microscope work), GPS & GIS applications / map making, biological monitoring and application of wildlife research techniques or land management and restoration techniques
  • Apprentices are responsible for an independent scientific research project, and will communicate their findings to Columbus Zoo and Wilds employees at the end of their term.
  • Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks, including outdoor work throughout the seasons.  This may include hot, buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions.  Participants should be prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.
  • Candidates should be eager for learning opportunities and willing to practice new skills independently.  Apprentices must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work effectively with limited supervision, as well as in a team setting.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.

Apprentices do not receive monetary compensation; however the position allows participants to customize their apprenticeship to gain and enhance skills that will be most beneficial for their future careers, and is particularly well suited to prepare participants for graduate school or work in a conservation organization. Opportunities for school credit are available. On-site housing is available for $250/month.

To apply, send your resume with references and a cover letter to the contact below. Please outline your interest in the position, what you would hope to gain from it and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate.   All apprenticeships at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials to:
Dr. Stephen Spear 
Director of Wildlife Ecology

The Wilds
14000 International Road
Cumberland, OH 43732

740-638-5030 ext. 2301