Department of Biological Sciences

Volunteer at Kibbe Life Science Research Station

General public

The Kibbe Station has a strong tradition of community involvement and stewardship. Many of our prescribed burns, prairie restoration, invasive species control and station beautification projects have been historically assisted by volunteers or “Friends of Kibbe” and several of the trails have been named after some of our most highly devoted stewards. We have several opportunities for the public to help preserve our natural heritage. If interested in lending a hand, please contact us to see how you can become involved. Volunteers are always welcome.

College students/Internships

Throughout the year, we have many ongoing research projects in fisheries, aquatic ecology, herpetology, entomology, plant ecology, hybridization and population genetics. This field and laboratory experience includes working first hand with research scientists and graduate students. You do not need to be a WIU student to apply and lodging for interns is free in our dormitory facility. Many college biology programs give internship credit, which would need to be arranged by the student. So, if you are a college student and wish to get some hands-on field experience at a research station and possible internship credit, please contact us.

High school students

Are you a high school student interested in pursuing a career in biology/natural resources? Volunteer at Kibbe to see what it is all about. You can gain valuable experience in field and laboratory based research. You will be assisting graduate students and research scientists in all aspects of ecological research from data collection to data processing and analysis. If interested please contact us.

Boy scouts/girl scouts

Boy scouts or girl scouts looking for scouting projects or service activities in ecology and natural resources at the Kibbe Station should contact either the Site Manager, Jim Lamer or the Station Director, Sean Jenkins.