Monday, February 8, 2016

Mianus (NY) River Gorge - apply by 3/18

College Internship in Suburban Ecology 


Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 900-acre nature preserve in Westchester County, NY, offers four 8-week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes.   Internships last for a period of 8 weeks. This year the internship will run from Jun 28 - Aug 19. Longer internships may be available upon request. 
  • We generally must give preference to local students or those that can commute, as summer housing is not always guaranteed. We still encourage students from outside our region to apply as we may be able to secure housing. 
  • Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a variety of projects including wildlife monitoring, non-native species management, and GIS applications. The internship is a mix of performing research and enacting management plans. 
  • Interns will work with and supervise high school students in our authentic research program (Wildlife Technician Program). 
  • We work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their interests and long-term educational goals. 
  • Stipend: $125/week (5 days a week) or combination of school credit and stipend (depending on university requirements). 

Projects for 2016 include: 
  • Monitoring coyotes and other wildlife in NYC and Nassau County 
  • Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration 
  • Wetland functional assessment throughout our watershed 
  • Invasive species control and other land management work 
  • Data management and analysis on several long-term projects 

Applicant Eligibility:  All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We do not require applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to and interest in the fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings. 

Applicants should be prepared for strenuous summer work outdoors (e.g. field research and land management projects) as well as indoor work when necessary (e.g. data entry and GIS projects). 

Special Considerations: Housing may be available this year. Please indicate whether you can commute to our location each day or will need/prefer housing. Public transportation in our area is unfortunately very limited, so it is preferable that interns have a car. Interns may also be asked to use their own vehicle for some work (with mileage/gas reimbursement). 

Application Deadline: March 18, 2016 

Questions: Chris Nagy, Ph.D., Director of Research and Land Management - Mianus River Gorge, Bedford, NY, at 914-234-3455