Native Plant Trust is offering three virtual internships (two lasting six months and one lasting three months) for the 2021 field season. The three Conservation internships offer a range of learning opportunities in areas that are integral to rare plant conservation, from coordinating with landowners and volunteers to conducting botanical surveys and processing data. Interns will work with Conservation staff to create a personal education plan, have the opportunity to take Native Plant Trust’s educational programs and courses at no cost, and complete an independent project on a topic of interest in botany, ecology, and/or conservation.
Interns will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the organization’s conservation programs while assisting staff in obtaining landowner permission for rare plant surveys, sending out volunteer assignments, and retrieving and processing data. They will have access to Native Plant Trust courses as well as a continuing education program organized by conservation staff including seminars and an informal reading and discussion group. Interns will plan and execute an independent research project which will be presented at a symposium at the end of their internship.
Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, interns based in New England will also have the option of participating in botanically-interesting field trips and seasonal contract work which may include the planning and implementation of habitat restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, and seed collection.
For more information, please visit https://www.nativeplanttrust.org/about/jobs-internships/.
Candidates should be passionate about plant conservation, have some familiarity with the flora of New England and associated ecological systems, excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to call landowners to secure access to their property, and a sense of humor. Experience with volunteers and data management is preferred. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations and sensitive data.
Starting date: April 12, 2021, but can be flexible
Location: Virtual with potential for optional field trips and site visits
Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $13.50/hour.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of three references by email to Micah Jasny (mjasny@NativePlantTrust.org).