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
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.