The Biodiversity and Food Web Intern will work directly under the supervision of Dr. Elli Groner, Director of the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology (CHASE).
The intern will be responsible for:
-Sampling biodiversity in arid and hyper-arid ecosystems
-Comparing sand dune, acacia woodland dry valleys, agriculture and other ecosystems
-Building desert food web structures using stable isotope analysis, cafeteria experiments, field sampling, behavioral observations and lab experiments
-Sampling soil fauna
-Working with arthropods
-Developing the detritus food web concept
-Collaborating with Jordanian researchers
-Writing proposals and papers
-Background in biology, environmental science, environmental studies or ecology
-Strong organizational and time management skills
-Affinity for outdoor work with animals, especially arthropods
-Computer and MS Office proficient
-Pleasant, personable, hardworking, efficient, able to work under pressure and for long hours
-Ability to work independently
The Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology (CHASE), directed by Dr. Elli Groner, is dedicated to the study of the natural ecosystems in the Arava valley and the interaction between those ecosystems and the region’s people.CHASE brings together Jordanian and Israeli researchers to map the biodiversity of the region, in order to better protect natural resources while enabling sustainable human development in the region.
*The Arava Institute is located on Kibbutz Ketura in the Southern Arava Valley, Israel.