Highstead Summer Ecology Intern

Highstead <http://highstead.net/>, a regional land conservation and

ecological research center is accepting applications for one field ecology

intern to participate in Highstead=E2=80=99s long-term research and monitoring

program in the summer of 2017.  Major projects include resampling the

herbaceous layers of (1) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots in

disturbed (blowdown + salvage log) and undisturbed forest in southwestern

CT; (2) 8 deer exclosure and paired control plots at the Harvard Forest

Hemlock Removal Experiment in central Massachusetts.  Additional projects

will include (3) resampling wetland vegetation plots as part of a

*Phragmites* removal project at Highstead and, time permitting, (4) a pilot

study looking at the effects of beaver on riparian forest structure and

composition.  The intern 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 15-20 minute final presentation for

Highstead staff.  The internship will be based in Redding, Connecticut, but

will include travel and overnight stays to conduct field work at the

Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts.


Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, 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 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; and (4) have the flexibility to adapt to

several different research projects including some travel; and (5) have a

positive can-do attitude.

*Position Dates*: Monday, May 29 – Friday, August 11, 2017

*Stipend:* $5,000.00 and free furnished housing.

*To apply*, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience

and contact information for three references) to

jcologgi@highstead.net; *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.