Goals: To identify new opportunities/partners for employment and workforce development, including biodiversity scientists, educators, and employers willing to mentor undergraduate and graduate students via internships, job shadowing, and other education/job training (unpaid, paid, course credit).

Organizations Represented (33 individuals attended):

AgLaunch Initiative

Agricenter

Christian Brothers University Department of Biology

Christian Brothers University Career Services

City of Memphis, Division of Public Works

Lichterman Nature Center

Lone Oaks Farm (University of Tennessee)

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (state of TN)

Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Zoo

Museum of Science & History (incl. Pink Palace Museum)

Overton Park Conservancy

Pinecrest Camp & Conference Center

Pink Palace Museum

Rhodes College

Shelby County Schools

Strawberry Plains Mississippi Audubon Center

State of Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Tennessee State University 4-H / Youth Development, Dept. of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

T.O. Fuller State Park (state of TN)

University of Memphis Department of Biological Sciences

University of Memphis Program in Bioinformatics

University of Memphis Center for Biodiversity Research

University of Memphis Agriculture & Food Technologies Research Cluster

University of Memphis Meeman Biological Station

University of Memphis Career Services

US-Biologic Inc.

Wolf River Conservancy

Outcomes: A questionnaire was completed by nearly all attendees and served as the basis for the information about opportunities listed below.

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Opportunities: Memphis-area organizations offering biodiversity-related jobs, job shadowing, internships (paid, unpaid, course credit), & other training*

*Please send updates & edits to biodiversity(at)memphis.edu

AgLaunch Initiative

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training Possible

Contact Person

Yes

Yes

Yes. Potentially @ companies we work with

Yes

Jade Clark, jclark(at)aglaunch.com

Agricenter International

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes

Yes. Course credit possible in exchange for assisting with research trials 3-4 hr/week.

Maybe. Possibly part time. Science oriented & communication, education.

Maybe. Safety, education

Bruce Kirksey,
bkirksey(at)agricenter.org

City of Memphis

Department of Public Works

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes. Mploy (ages 14-22) & the Urban Fellows program (college students, recent grads)

Maybe

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Maybe

Tyler Stegall, tyler.stegall(at)memphistn.gov

Lichterman Nature Center

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

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Yes. Course credit possible.

Yes

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Anne Ballentine, anne.ballentine(at)memphistn.gov

Memphis Botanic Garden

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes. Students hired seasonally.

Maybe. Tasks can vary, requires flexibility. Course credit possible.

Maybe

Yes. Training or educational programs, incl. Master Gardeners and Urban Forestry Advisors

Rick Pudwell, Rick.Pudwell(at)memphisbotanicgarden.com

Memphis Zoo

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes. Summer Conservation Research Internships, May 1- Aug 31.

Yes. Course credit possible.

Yes

Yes. Husbandry training. Day shadows, etc. Many possibilities.

Dr. Steve Reichling, sreichling(at)memphiszoo.org

Museums of Science & History

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Maybe. We receive interns through a program with the City of Memphis

Yes. Course credit possible.

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Yes. Docent training for volunteer work

Alex Eilers, alex.eilers(at)memphistn.gov

Overton Park Conservancy

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact

--

Maybe. Fundraising, development, marketing/ events, forestry

Yes

--

info(at)overtonpark.org

Pinecrest Camp & Retreat Center

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Maybe

Yes

Yes. Including summer camp counselor positions (college students).

Yes. Wilderness First Aid cert. through NOLS. Outdoor ed/ EE programming.

Charity Siebert,
charity(at)camppinecrest.org

Shelby County Schools (STEM Programs)

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes. Through MPLOY and/or as tutors.

Yes. Work with teachers and/or programs within the district— STEM or science labs, tutoring, teacher assistants.

Maybe

Yes

Dedric McGhee,  mcgheed(at)scsk12.org

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Maybe

Yes. Must be paid or class credit.

Maybe. Seasonal.

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Stephanie R. Green,
sgreen(at)audubon.org

TN Department of Environment & Conservation

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact

Yes

Yes

Yes. Contact the Nashville Office

Yes

T. O. Fuller State Park (Tennessee)

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

--

Yes

Yes

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Jimmy Warren,

Jimmy.Warren(at)tn.gov or

Jessica Gossett,
Jessica.Gossett@tn.gov

University of Tennessee Lone Oaks Farm

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes. Several county extension offices offer student internships.

Yes. UTK may have placements for county based programs and at Lone Oaks farm.

Yes

Yes. Including agriculture, youth development, and family and consumer science.

John Toman, UTAgExtPersonnel(at)utk.edu.

U.S. Biologic Inc.

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Yes

Yes. For example, biotech, data analytics, marketing.

Yes

Yes

Chris Przybyszewski, chris.przybyszewski(at)usbiologic.com

University of Memphis

Department of Biological Sciences

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Maybe

Yes

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Yes. Some faculty may be interested in offering short-term training seminars.

Eli Hatcher, hatcher2(at)memphis.edu

University of Memphis

Meeman Biological Station

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

Maybe

Yes. For students with a commitment to field and lab research.

Maybe. Conducting research with Dr. Bowers or for Meeman Biological Station.

Yes

Dr. Keith Bowers, ekbowers(at)memphis.edu

Wolf River Conservancy

Paid Internships

Unpaid Internships & Job Shadowing

Student Employment

Other Training

Contact Person

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Yes

Maybe

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Cathy Justis,

education (at)wolfriver.org

Memphis-area organizations with students potentially interested in biodiversity-related jobs, job shadowing, internships, & other training

Christian Brothers University Department of Biology

Contact Person

Amy Ware

aware1(at)cbu.edu

LeMoyne Owen College

Department of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Contact Person

Dr. Sherry Painter

sherry_painter(at)loc.edu

Rhodes College

Department of Biology

Contact Person

Tennessee State University Extension

Contact Person

Dr. Thomas Broyles

tbroyle1(at)tnstate.edu

University of Memphis Department of Biological Sciences

Contact Person

Duane McKenna

dmckenna(at)memphis.edu

or

Eli Hatcher

hatcher2(at)memphis.edu

Contact Us

Center for Biodiversity Research (CBio)

3774 Walker Avenue

Memphis, TN 38111 USA

901-678-2581