Highstead Ecology Internship
Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:28 AM

Location: Redding, CT

Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center is accepting applications for two field ecology interns to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring program in the summer of 2015.  The major project will be to resample ~75-100 permanent forest vegetation plots on Highstead’s 100+ acre preserve.   Interns will gain extensive experience with forest vegetation sampling techniques and woody and herbaceous plant identification.  Positions will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, some herbarium work (mounting pressed specimens), limited data analysis, and preparing a 15-minute final presentation for Highstead staff.  The internship will likely include opportunities to visit/conduct field work at the Harvard Forest and the Quabbin Reservoir Forest in Massachusetts and perhaps other field sites in Northern Connecticut.


Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, plant ecology, or related field.  Applicants should have previous experience with field work.  Successful applicants must
(1) have a keen interest in the study and intensive identification of woody and herbaceous plants including grasses and sedges
(2)be enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny (i.e. Japanese barberry, multiflora rose) shrub layers
(3) be very detail-oriented to collect careful and accurate data in challenging field conditions, collect and press unknown plant specimens, and enter data into a database.


Interns will be supervised primarily by Highstead’s ecologist with some supervision by Highstead’s operations director.

Position Dates: Monday, May 25 - Friday, August 7, 2015

Stipend: $5,000.00 and free furnished housing.

Website: http://www.highstead.net

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to [email protected]; reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject

Accepting applications immediately.  Review of applicants will begin in mid-February and continue until position is filled in March.