Tyson is the environmental field station for Washington University in St. Louis and a resource for faculty, staff, and students at WashU and beyond. Together with our laboratory and experimental facilities, our 2,000-acre landscape provide opportunities for multi-scale research and teaching. We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and integrate educational programs into faculty research programs for authentic research apprenticeships.

At Tyson, we fully integrate our educational programming within our research activities. We provide enthusiastic pre-college and undergraduate students with hands-on research experience in the natural and environmental sciences. The resources of Tyson Research Center are also available to educators at other regional colleges and universities.

Assistant Student Coordinator

Job Summary: The roles of the Student Coordinator and Assistant Student Coordinator are to act as student leaders for the Tyson Conservation Corps (TCC), a student group dedicated to conservation and ecological restoration at Tyson Research Center (tyson.wustl.edu). The Assistant Student Coordinator serves as a liaison between WashU undergraduate students and the staff ecologists at Tyson Research Center, organizing events and designing programming that meet the experiential and educational interests of student volunteers, along with the research and conservation needs of the staff ecologists and Tyson Research Center as a whole. The Assistant Student Coordinator assists the Student Coordinator in organizing and planning activities, and communicating with students. This is a paid position.  The Assistant Student Coordinator role requires 1-5 hours per week and can be integrated into the Office of Sustainability internship program. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruit student volunteers by tabling at the semesterly activities fair, class announcements, and social media posts
  • Brainstorm, organize, and facilitate work days throughout the semester
  • Establish and maintain contacts with conservation partners (e.g., Shaw Nature Reserve, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Service)
  • Coordinate events that will follow COVID-19 guidelines
  • Check TCC email and facebook/social media pages regularly 
  • Communicate regularly with Tyson staff ecologists, Beth Biro and Solny Adalsteinsson 
  • Send out group-wide emails with event sign-ups, event logistics, and general updates
  • Publicize other environmental events and opportunities on campus and in the community through social media and direct emailing
  • Attend Student Environmental Council meetings and OOS professional development trainings (not required but encouraged for Assistant Student Coordinator)

Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Responsive and communicative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Strong ability to take initiative 
  • Excellent follow through
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Familiarity with Tyson Research Center (preferred)
  • Coursework or experience in biology/ecology/conservation/restoration (preferred)

Supervision and Requirements:

  • The positions report to Tyson staff ecologists, Solny Adalsteinsson and Beth Biro
  • Supervise student volunteers during workdays
  • Work on select weekends and after class hours during week as events are scheduled
  • When in person events resume, must get a Missouri class E drivers license or equivalent 
  • Commit to position until end of the school year, May 2021

How to apply:

Complete the application here by September 25th, 2020. Applicants will be notified during the week of October 5th.

Contact: Beth Biro: ebiro@wustl.edu and Solny Adalsteinsson: solny.adalsteinsson@wustl.edu 

Summer Research Internships

Spend your summer immersed within the Tyson research community. In this 11-week summer program, undergraduate students work elbow-to-elbow with faculty, post-doctoral scientist, staff scientist, and graduate student mentors on field-based research projects at Tyson Research Center offers paid 10 week summer research internships at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the St. Louis Zoo for Washington University undergraduates.