Wildlife Technician Program (WTP)
|Length of Program:||3 years beginning in the sophomore year of high-school|
|Program Description:||The WTP Program provides research opportunities to high-school students in the fields of ecology, conservation biology and wildlife biology.|
|Wildlife Technicians (Techs) assist on various research projects while concentrating on designing and conducting their own multi-year study. Techs are mentored by Gorge staff and/or graduate students and are exposed to experimental design and field techniquest through non-traditional hands-on experience. Techs receive additional experience in wildlife ecology by assisting with graduate-level projects being conducted at the Gorge.|
|Candidate Qualifications:||High-school sophomores must be enrolled in a multi-year research course. No GPA or work experience required. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in working in the natural sciences in an outdoor setting.|
|Application Procedure:||WTP Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are currently available here. Candidates must complete the application and submit along with one letter of recommendation. Applicants may be contacted for an interview.|
|Application Deadline:||Application deadline is November 15.|
|Acceptance Notification:||Interview announcements will go out by December 1; acceptance decisions are made in January.|
|Questions:||Please direct questions to Chris Nagy at email@example.com or 914-234-3455|
Upcoming Research Opportunities in 2017
- Examining wildlife distribution and activity patterns with motion-activated cameras.
- Developing strategies to enhance reproductive success of native turtle species.
- Improving tools to non-invasively estimate white-tailed deer abundance.
- Students with their own ecology-related research interests are encouraged to apply.