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Apply to be the 2016 NESA Eagle Scout Galapagos Biologist

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has expanded its special projects to place Eagles on expeditions. These unique experiences provide an entry into the world of exploration. In 2015, NESA and the BSA’s STEM Initiative selected Eagle Scouts to participate in field experiments in exotic places. This program was highly successful and will be offered again this year to 2 Eagles.

This is another spectacular opportunity to experience different biological disciplines! The Eagle will assist in one or more existing programs at GSC. One major project is to establish measurable baseline health parameters to evaluate animals vulnerable to either natural (such as El Nino effects) or manmade threats from human waste runoff, general pollution, and commercial disasters like oil spills. Other research arenas include microbial and physical analyses of the water systems and the impact of pathogenic and dietary factors on the relationship between childhood gut immune health, growth, and obesity among the Galapagos inhabitants. Several other opportunities for field research are available. Last year Eagles caught, banded, and tracked endangered large sea turtles.

Eagle Scouts who are qualified and would like to be considered for this wonderful opportunity must complete an online application found here, which includes a 250 word essay, no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 31, 2016. Finalists will be announced and required to submit a 3 minute YouTube video within a week of announcement expressing reasons to support their selection.

To qualify as the 2016 Eagle Scout Galapagos Biologist, candidates must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1, 2016
  • Major or intend to major in a biological science in college or graduate school
  • Be prepared to blog, speak, write, and be interviewed on behalf of Scouting to report on the trip, what it means to him personally, and how Scouting prepared him for this.
  • Either have a current passport or obtain one no later than June 1, 2016
  • Complete the online application by clicking here. This application includes an opportunity to complete an essay no more than 250 words on why you are the best person to go on the expedition. This must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM Central Standard Time, March 31, 2016. (Finalists will be notified and within a week of their notification will be asked to provide a 3 minute YouTube expressing reasons to support their selection.
  • Have medical insurance and purchase medical evacuation coverage (suggested policies will be provided).

The person selected to be the 2016 Eagle Scout Biologist will be notified May 1, 2016.

Costs for the selected candidate will be paid by NESA. The Eagle may be responsible for some expenses not to exceed $1000. Dates for this approximately 2 week trip will be between late June and late August and be decided by mutual availability.

For additional information about the project, visit the websites for the University of North Carolina Galapagos program or the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (galapagos.unc.edu/gsc/ or www.usfq.edu.ec/galapagos/inicio/Paginas/default.aspx).