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Are you still in school but ready to launch your career? Our internship program is perfect for ambitious students looking to gain valuable hands-on experiences that will build more than just a resume – it will expand your career possibilities after graduation. Our program is structured to provide students unique experiences tailored to their field of interest. Through these experiences you will build a foundation on which to further you career, your abilities, and your passion. Internships span 10-12 weeks and are offered in specific business segments.
The ideal candidate for this internship is an individual who is passionate about The Arboretum’s mission and possesses a desire to pursue research on native plants and/or wildlife. The Intern will conduct scientific research under the direction of the Conservation Research Coordinator, including data collection, project documentation, and reporting, and will present findings to staff at the conclusion of their terms. Interns will also gain experience in conducting routine land management practices critical to the execution of research, as well as participating in greenhouse administration.
- Follow established protocols to conduct biological surveys in support of conservation and restoration research studies through vegetation and/or wildlife monitoring.
- Assist in writing proposals and protocols for new conservation and restoration studies.
- Collect, enter, and analyze data and compile reports of findings.
- Apply research treatments as dictated by research protocols, such as herbicide application, strategically timed mowing, wildlife traps, removal of vegetation through use of hand and power tools, or a variety of other means.
- Review primary literature to inform research and provide support to ongoing studies.
- Participate in regular research and professional development trainings with staff.
- As needed, conduct land management and greenhouse tasks including (but not limited to) invasive species removal, native plant propagation and installation and water resource management.
- Current student pursuing a degree in environmental science, ecology, entomology, botany, or related field. Two (2) years of relevant coursework preferred.
- Desire to conduct independent research and acquire skills in land management, native plant and wildlife identification, and field methods.
- Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
- Ability to work independently with instruction.
- Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions and perform strenuous work.
- Valid driver’s license.
Research interns are eligible to receive free on-site housing (all utilities included) for the duration of their terms. Licensures and external trainings (such as Commercial Pesticide Applicator Licenses or Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator Licenses) may also be offered to interns at no cost. A modest grant-funded stipend may be available for interns to offset living costs.