SUMMER 2017 INTERNSHIP // Research Technician
Offered by Penn State University and The American Chestnut Foundation
In efforts to restore blight-resistant and locally-adapted American chestnut trees, Penn State University is working with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) to capture as much of the original genetic diversity of the tree as possible. Volunteers have put in extensive effort to locate, identify, hybridize, and collect seed from native American chestnut (Castanea dentata) tree sprouts across the Pennsylvania and beyond. They have also planted thousands of seeds collected from open-pollinated trees in gene pool repository orchards. Over 80,000 trees have been planted as part of the effort to restore the species.
This internship will provide quality hands-on work experience with applied science, particularly in regards to tree improvement, genetics, breeding, forest tree pathology, and silvicultural and horticultural techniques, especially as they apply to chestnuts.
Read the description and learn how to apply here:Internship Description