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  • Wildlife Research Intern


    Chad Seewagen
    • Employer: Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center
      Location: New Fairfield, CT
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Summer Research Internships

    Great Hollow is currently accepting applications for two paid internships for undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences and have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology. Interns assist with our spring and summer research projects through which they gain experience with various field techniques and data collection methods. This year, interns will assist with a tri-trophic plant-insect-bird interactions project involving caterpillar sampling, vegetation surveys, bird surveys, and possibly bird banding, and a study of the effects of lighting on bats that will involve collecting and analyzing acoustic bat data. Interns will also be occasionally asked to help with invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, miscellaneous office duties, facility maintenance, care of our non-releasable birds of prey and other education animals, community events, and kids’ education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Internships begin in mid-May and last 8 weeks. Applicants must be available to start no later than May 20. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $350 along with on-site, shared housing.

    Applicants with strong eastern bird identification skills and/or arthropod identification skills will be the most competitive. Prior experience conducting point-counts of eastern U.S. birds is a major plus.

     

    About Great Hollow

    Founded in 2016, Great Hollow is an environmental education and research center located in New Fairfield, Connecticut, a little more than an hour north of New York City. Great Hollow is dedicated to biodiversity conservation, applied ecological research, experiential environmental education, and passive outdoor recreation. Our staff and collaborators conduct integrative, conservation-driven studies of wildlife and plants within and beyond our preserve. Great Hollow also runs numerous education programs for both children and adults throughout the year, including school programs and a nature-based summer day camp. Our 825-acre preserve features five miles of hiking trails that are open to the public year-round for the exploration and enjoyment of nature.

     

    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.
    -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, drug-free and smoke-free housing with respect for others.
    -Previous field biology experience and a familiarity with the flora and fauna of the Northeast.

    -Ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound preferred.
    -Proof of health insurance coverage.

    -U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.

     

    The deadline for applications is April 1. Applications 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 and your relationship to at least two professional references to Chad Seewagen at cseewagen@greathollow.org. Please label the PDF as “Last name_first name” and put “Last name_2021 Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications that fail to follow these basic instructions may be disqualified.




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