Volunteers and Internships

The Amphibian Foundation has worked with and trained many amazing volunteers and interns over the years. Our programs and initiatives are dependent upon these important relationships. Whether you are interested in husbandry and helping us take care of the over 200 reptiles and amphibians in our education collection, rearing endangered species of amphibian for conservation programs, teaching Critter Camp or helping us post amphibian conservation advancements on social media, there are many opportunities to get involved with The Amphibian Foundation and saving amphibians!

Below are some of the programs on which we rely on volunteers and interns. We cannot do what we do without them! If you are interested in volunteering with The Amphibian Foundation, please call us, or contact the Volunteer Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) about available opportunities. 

Current Volunteer Openings

 

Work Hands-on with Reptiles and Amphibians

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Our volunteers help us care for a large living herpetological research and teaching collection, learning valuable husbandry skills from a team of experts in the field. We have about 250 frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes and are fully licensed and permitted. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering at The Amphibian Foundation!

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Internships @ The Amphibian Foundation

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Through our internship program, we train and collaborate with students through guided research programs — either within our initiatives or through our partner institutions. Our interns are trained in field studies, applied and basic research, educational and counselor training, captive husbandry techniques, and scientific illustration. Prospective interns are required to submit 1) a statement of interest and 2) a letter of recommendation, preferably from an academic supervisor. A resume is encouraged, but not required.

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Scientific Illustration and Specimen Prep

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We also work with students on valuable research skills, and specimen preparation techniques such as: preservation in ethanol, fixing specimens, and skeletonizing specimens with flesh-eating-beetles (dermestids).

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Children Love Critters

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Through our Critter Camp and educational & outreach programs, there are many opportunities to work with children, teaching them about reptiles and amphibians, conservation, including how to perform scientific experiments and collect data.

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Volunteers and Interns are Welcome

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We encourage further fascination with this remarkable group of critters. We do this by providing opportunities for volunteers, students and interns to work directly with the animals; teaching others, collecting data, caring for the animals and getting out into the field.

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Outreach — Bringing Reptiles and Amphibians to Schools

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We work with regional schools and programs to teach students about reptiles and amphibians, as well as the conservation issues surrounding these groups.

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Critter Camp Counselors

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We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with teaching Critter Camp, a popular Reptile and Amphibian Summer Camp for campers of ages 6 - 13. Volunteers work with the campers and animals, lead activities and help feed the animals. For more information about Critter Camp, see our website: critter-camp.org

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Rearing Endangered Species of Amphibians

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Volunteers can also help with rearing state and federally listed amphibian species like Gopher Frogs (Lithobates capito) and Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders (Ambystoma cingulatum) as well as in assisted metamorphosis (head-starting) programs for endangered species.

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Captive Husbandry

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If you love working with animals, particularly reptiles and amphibians, then consider volunteering your time with The Amphibian Foundation. We are a positive bunch - enthusiastic about this fascinating group of animals.

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Artificial Ephemeral Wetland Design and Implementation

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Ephemeral wetlands (or temporary, seasonal, vernal wetlands a.k.a. 'puddles') are a necessary component for 25% of Atlanta's amphibians, but are vital for 60% of them — and they are disapppearing. What might not look like more then a swampy depression in the woods could be valuable habitat for amphibian communities struggling to stay viable in our urban landscape. Our team identifies areas which can support ephemeral wetlands and work with land managers to develop these wetlands.

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Teaching Science to Kids

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Through our Critter Camp and educational programs, we bring science and the scientific method to elementary schools, using amphibians and reptiles to illustrate aspects of biology, science and data collection. We are always looking for volunteers to help with these programs.

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Field Studies for Children

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Nothing excites kids more about science than getting out in the field and finding animals! If you love engaging children and getting outdoors, then contact us about our Critter Camp, Atlanta Urban Ecologists, and Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Programs.

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Scientific Illustration Interns

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We train interns from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, SCAD and others in the scientific illustration of reptiles and amphibians — their anatomy, morphology, physiology and conservation. We train in both pen and ink as well as digital renderings using Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator to create compelling graphics for scientific research. We produced an exhibit in 2016 featuring the illustrations of our interns in a gallery in Decatur, the production was called The Ribbit Exhibit, which raised awareness for amphibian conservation.

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