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!

 

Volunteers at The Amphibian Foundation.

Volunteers are the backbone of The Amphibian Foundation. We would not be able to accomplish our conservation goals without the talent and support of our passionate volunteers. The Amphibian Foundation generally has over 20 volunteers at a time, and to keep things flowing, productive and organized, these volunteers are required to come in at a specific time/day once a week. Volunteers are assigned specific tasks so their weekly shifts allow them to become familiar with the programs, initiatives and collections within which they work. Volunteer shifts are typically 2-3 hours per week.

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Internships at The Amphibian Foundation.

Interns generally focus on a specific goal or project within the foundation. The project can either be assigned by the director or suggested by the intern and/or the intern’s academic advisor. The point is to provide a project goal which can be completed during the length of the internship. Internships can last a semester or longer, depending on what is arranged with the intern, the director and/or the academic advisor. These internships are generally 2-3 hours per week at a set time/day or can be flexible depending on how the internship is arranged. Interns from Atlanta colleges can often get school credit for their internships.
Internships are typically unpaid unless prior arrangements have been made through a funding program.

To apply for an internship, please provide the following materials: 1) A short Statement of Interest. Two or more paragraphs indicating your interest, experience and what you hope to achieve through an internship at The Amphibian Foundation. 2) A Letter of Support from academic advisor, professor or mentor. 3) Applicants are encouraged to provide a CV, but it is not necessary.

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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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Scientific Illustration

Scientific Illustration is one of the simplest ways to connect art with science. It's also a wonderful way to explore aspects of biology. We have been illustrating science for 20 years and are published in many journal articles, reviews and text books. We engage students through scientific illustration and train interns regularly from the Atlanta area. Below are some examples of how our illustration program has been applied over the years.

 

The Ribbit Exhibit

The Ribbit Exhibit

The Ribbit Exhibit occured in 2016 and highlighted the art of illustration interns we have worked with over the past several years and was held at Kavarna in Decatur, GA. The month-long exhibit ended with an Atlanta science Festival Event — 'Behind-the-Scenes of Scientific Illustration' which was a presentation on the illustrative process as well as an all-ages drawing workshop.
Digital Illustration

Digital Illustration

This Marbled Salamander was 'painted' in Adobe PhotoShop by The Amphibian Foundation's President, Mark Mandica. Digital Renderings can produce very realistic features that are scientifically accurate.
Illustration Internships

Illustration Internships

This piece was originally painted with watercolor by scientific illustration intern Henry Adams. The work was later enhanced digitally in PhotoShop. This was one of the works featured in The Ribbit Exhibit.
Pen and Ink Illustration

Pen and Ink Illustration

This Flat Face Frog, Breviceps mossambicus was drawn with pen and ink using stippling to create depth and dimension. Pen and Ink are a standard for scientific publications because of their ability to be reproduced at virtually any size.
Amphibian Conservation Coloring Book

Amphibian Conservation Coloring Book

These amazing coloring book pages were produced by illustration intern, Sarah Horsley, largely from images on the FrogsNeedOurHelp Instagram feed. These pages made their debut at the illustration workshop at the end of The Ribbit Exhibit and are a favorite of the children at Critter Camp.

Online Outreach & Social Media


 

Frogs Need Our Help

Frogs Need Our Help

Why?

Amphibians are a group of animals that most people don't even think twice about.

You may not even know that there is a global amphibian extinction crisis happening right now. Nearly 40% of the world's amphibians are in decline or already extinct. The Amphibian Foundation's work is three-pronged: 1) On-the-ground research and conservation work, 2) Education and outreach and 3) Dissemination through publications, online and social media. Not only do these animals need conservation measures identified and implemented, but amphibian declines need to be made public knowledge. They aren't cute and fuzzy like a Panda, or a bunny ... but if all we fight to conserve are the cute and the fuzzy, then the natural world will become seriously out of balance. We precede all of our workshops with a summary of what is happening world-wide with the amphibian communities, and why we need to care.

Our online presence and message is unified under the heading 'Frogs Need Our Help'. This simple heading conveys that we need to become involved in order to reduce or reverse amphibian declines. Getting Involved is not as difficult as you might think!

Frogs Need Our Help blog

Frogs Need Our Help blog

It all started 7 years ago with the Frog Blog (blog.frogsneedourhelp.org). Today, the blog has had over 130,000 visits and gets an average of 180 hits a day. It highlights our conservation work in the southeastern US as well as our captive breeding successes with rare and endangered neotropical frogs.

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Social Media

Social Media

We also use social media to a large degree to send a unified message across many platforms | Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Our most popular feed is by far our Instagram page which has more followers than any other amphibian related feed out there (almost 6K followers). It has been featured on the National Geographic Insta among others.

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Frogs Need Our Help site

Frogs Need Our Help site

The Frogs Need Our Help site is the hub of our online presence. It connects all of our social media sites as well as a link for merchandise: the sale of which support native amphibian conservation programs.

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Our Affiliate Websites

 

Critter Camp

Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program

Young Scientists' League

Social Media

Social Media

Social Media

We also use social media to a large degree to send a unified message across many platforms | Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

RT @amphibianfound: These animals are simply living art, and the world would be far less beautiful without them. 🐸🐸🐸
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

RT @amphibianfound: The adorable (and imperiled) Frosted flatwoods salamander, one of our focus species!
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

RT @amphibianfound: Just another day at the office. 🐸💗 #coolestofficeever
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

RT @pfangirl: Goals: This 85 year old at #DragonCon17. Cosplay for life!
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

The #Koetari form of the Tinging #PoisonFrog, Dendrobates tinctorius. Rare and Beautiful! #FrogsAreBlue
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

How Slovenia is helping its ‘baby dragons’ | theguardian.com/environment/20…
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Slope-snouted Glass Frogs in amplexus. Gorgeous frogs, and look — he's smiling #GlassFrogs #Panama #Frogs
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Utah biologists work to save boreal toads from extinction| cachevalleydaily.com/news/article_1… | #SaveTheToads #FrogsNeedOurHelp
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Six Australian cold weather frogs and their weird mating calls | abc.net.au/news/2017-07-2… | #FrankSinatra #HeyBaby
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

@Blackmudpuppy Yesterday in the herp lab :)
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Cool! How a mass extinction event gave us the majority of frogs alive today paper.li/amphibianfound…
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

RT @EllieandEdmond: Look at this super cool spotted Salamander! #reptileday @FernbankMuseum @amphibianfound
Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

RT @joelsartore: My Photo Ark project is the focus of #RarePBS, a new series premiering July 18 at 9/8C on @PBS.


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