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  1. Assistant Nature Camp Counselor Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is pleased to announce a temporary summer position for undergraduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences or outdoor/environmental education fields and have prior experience working with children (recent graduates may also apply). Our Eco-Discovery Camp is a small, science-based environmental education day camp for children ages 5-10 that was started last year. Typical weekly enrollment is between 6 and 12 children. We are expanding the camp for its second summer and are looking to hire an Assistant Counselor to help the Camp Director in all aspects of running the camp, including but not limited to program planning and implementation, daily prep and clean-up, and camper behavior management. The counselor will also be required to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events and education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Great Hollow is a newly established environmental education, conservation, and science institute located in New Fairfield, CT, approximately one hour north of New York City. The preserve totals 825 acres and is contiguous or nearly contiguous with thousands of acres of additional protected land in Connecticut and neighboring New York State. The education department has a variety of offerings for children including school field trips and outreaches, homeschool programs, scout programs, and birthday parties, in addition to the day camp. Camp is in session 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, June 25 through August 24. Mandatory orientation/training will be held on Thursday 6/21 and Friday 6/22/18. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $200-$250 depending on experience, along with free on-site, shared housing for the duration of their employment if needed. Preference will be given to applicants who are available for the entire camp season. Responsibilities: · Work with Camp Director to run daily camp activities, often including managing a small group of children independently for the majority of the day. · Supervise children, often independently, in an outdoor setting that includes forests, streams, and wetlands, with travel both on and off-trail. We will be outside in all weather conditions except thunderstorms. · Daily activity prep and clean-up. · Handle and present education program animals (reptiles and amphibians). · Other duties as assigned, including miscellaneous office work, staffing community events, and animal care. Minimum Qualifications/Requirements: · Completion of at least one year of post-secondary education, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, outdoor education, environmental education, or a related field. · Previous work experience with groups of children in formal or informal settings; summer camp, outdoor education, and/or environmental education experience strongly preferred. · Working knowledge of general ecological concepts and New England natural history, or a willingness to quickly learn. · Excellent communication skills; ability to follow directions and give and receive feedback. · Ability to work independently and as part of a team. · Ability to work long days outdoors, under potentially adverse conditions, while supervising a group of children. · Current First Aid and CPR certification, or the ability to obtain before start of camp. · Record of a physical exam from within last three years (State camp license requirement). · Proof of health insurance coverage. · Must pass criminal background check. · For applicants in need of housing: Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others and maintain a clean, smoke-free living environment. Applications are due by March 31 and are reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply, please email (as a single PDF) a cover letter that outlines your experience, interests, and goals; a resume/CV; and contact info for at least two references to our Camp Director, Sena Rasun-Mahendra, at sena@greathollow.org. Please put CAMP APPLICATION [Last name_First name] in the subject line.
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    Research Internships

    Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is a newly established environmental education, conservation, and science institute located in New Fairfield, Connecticut, approximately one hour north of New York City. The preserve totals 825 acres and is contiguous or nearly contiguous with thousands of acres of additional protected land in Connecticut and neighboring New York State. Great Hollow is open to external researchers and has all of the facilities of a biological field station, including lodging and a wet lab. Great Hollow offers summer Research Internships to undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences and have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology. Interns work under the Executive Director to assist with our summer research projects, during which they gain experience in study design, field and lab methods, data entry and management, data analysis, and scientific writing. Interns may also pursue independent research projects of their own as time allows. Our ongoing and planned projects for 2018, with which interns will assist on a regular basis, involve studies of songbirds, turtles, bats, and ticks. Interns are also required to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, and education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Internships are generally 8-10 weeks, beginning around late May, and include a weekly stipend of $200-250 depending on experience. Free on-site housing is available for interns who do not live locally. Minimum Qualifications: -Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field. -GPA of 3.0 or above. -Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions. -Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain. -English fluency. -Ability to communicate effectively. -Ability to work independently and as part of a team. ​-Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing). -Previous field biology experience. -Proof of health insurance coverage. **Strong plant and terrestrial invertebrate identification skills, radio-tracking experience, and songbird mist-netting/banding experience are each a big plus and should be highlighted in applications if applicable. To apply: Please email a PDF of a cover letter that outlines your experience, interests, and goals, a resume/CV, and contact info for at least 2 references to info@greathollow.org. Please put INTERN APPLICATION_[Last Name_First Name] in the subject line.
  3. Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center offers up to $5,000 in grants each year to support biological research at and beyond our preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. The maximum amount awarded to a single project is $2,500. All areas of field biology are eligible, but those with a conservation application are the most competitive. Great Hollow Nature Preserve may be the only study site or may be one of multiple study sites used in the research. Applicants may be students or professionals of any age and career stage, but they must be affiliated with an educational institution or other non-profit organization. The grants may be used for field assistant wages or direct expenses such as field and lab equipment and supplies. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their novelty, scientific merit, soundness of the methodology, and ability to contribute significant new information to the published literature on the subject. Great Hollow has all of the facilities of a biological field station, including short-term housing, which may be available to awardees during their field season(s). Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for housing. Applications are due March 1st and awardees are announced by April 1st of each year. To apply, please provide a brief cover letter, C.V., and a proposal of no more than 3 pages single spaced (not including references) that includes the project need, research question(s), methods, predicted results, detailed budget and other sources of funding, and the expected contribution of the study to the relevant field. Email applications as a single PDF document to info@greathollow.org with “GRANT APPLICATION_[Last Name]” in the subject line.
  4. Chad Seewagen

    Great Hollow Research Grants

    Great Hollow offers two grants each year in the amount of up to $2,500 each for biological research to be conducted at our preserve in New Fairfield, CT. All areas of field biology are welcome, but those with a clear conservation application are the most competitive. Great Hollow Nature Preserve may be the only study site or may be one of multiple study sites used for the study. Applicants can be students or professionals of any age and career stage, but they must be affiliated with an educational institution or other non-profit organization. The grants may be used for field assistant wages, field and lab equipment and supplies, or direct expenses. Proposals will be evaluated by their novelty, scientific merit and soundness of the methodology, and likelihood to contribute significant new information to the published literature on the subject. Applications are due December 1st and awardees are announced by February 1st of each year. To apply, please provide a brief cover letter, C.V., and a proposal of no more than 3 pages single spaced (not including references) that includes the project need, research question(s), detailed methods, detailed budget and any other sources of funding, predicted results, and expected contribution of the study to the relevant field. Email applications as a single PDF document to cseewagen@greathollow.org with “GRANT APPLICATION_[Last Name]” in the subject line.
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