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Intern for Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol (botanical and habitat survey)

The Eurac-Institute for Alpine Environment performs problem-oriented research on the conflicting priorities of ecology and economy in mountain regions. For the project "Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol" (BMS) we invite applications for the position of intern in the field of botany. Besides profound knowledge of the inner-Alpine flora and vegetation, the ideal candidate has gained experience in biodiversity surveys and experience with geographical information systems (GIS). Investigation area will be the whole region of South Tyrol (ITA), working location is Bolzano/Bozen.

BMS is an ongoing survey of biodiversity that serves as basic research, but it is also intended to provide a scientific base for political decisions concerning spatial planning, agriculture, and nature conservation. BMS surveys animal and plant groups that react sensitively to climate and/or land-use changes, at habitat and landscape level. These surveys occur in 320 sites distributed over the entire province of South Tyrol (7400 km2), including a large share of the diversity of habitats in the region.



  • Support in botanical surveys and habitat survey for the season 2021 within the monitoring standard program and within special projects of the Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Support of field work for other taxonomical groups, e.g. mounting bat loggers, installing pit fall traps.
  • Support in digitalization and management of botanical and habitat field data



  • Bachelor/Master's degree in biology or Environmental Sciences (or similar; degree obtained not more than one year ago)
  • Willingness and availability to work in alpine areas
  • Good knowledge of inner-Alpine flora and vegetation
  • Good knowledge in geographical information systems (Arc GIS/QGIS)
  • Experiences in biodiversity monitoring programs is advantageous
  • Certificates for plant species knowledge (e.g. Österreichisches Freilandbotanik-Zertifikat, Schweizer Feldbotanik-Zertifikat) are assessed positively
  • Good English skills, additional skills in German and Italian are advantageous
  • Good interpersonal and collaborative skills to integrate in a working group and to interact with associated researchers from various institutions and with stakeholders
  • Efficient organization skills


We offer:

  • Internship contract for 3 to 6 months (spring – autumn, 2020)
  • Possibility to include the gained data into a master thesis
  • State-of-the-art technical facilities (soft- and hardware, communication tools)
  • Access to Eurac's numerous scientific and cultural facilities and events
  • Opportunity to work in a young interdisciplinary team
  • Attractive living and working conditions (Great Place to Work©)


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) within 24.01.2021 to the following address: ​

Eurac Research

Institute for Alpine Environment

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano

Email: alpine.environment@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu

For further information please contact Simon Stifter: Tel: +39 0471 055 826


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