College Internship in Suburban Ecology at the Mianus River Gorge
Suburban Ecology Program (CISE) Application
Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and
950-acre nature preserve in southern New York, offers 10-week summer
internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural
areas in urbanizing landscapes.
-Internships last for a period of 10 weeks. Internships typically run from
early June to early August, but some flexibility is available.
-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.
-We work with our interns to provide a learning experience that fits their
interests and long-term educational goals.
-Given the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the vast majority of this summer
work will be outside, even more than the typically high amount of field
work. Applicants should be physically fit and comfortable with spending
most of their time in the field. Both staff and interns will comply with
social distancing requirements and wear masks when indoors.
-Stipend: $25/day or combination of school credit and stipend (depending
on university requirements).
Projects for 2021 include:
– Monitoring coyotes, bobcats, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and
Fairfield using camera traps, roadkill surveys, and other methods
– Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
– Invasive species control and other land management work
– Data management, GIS work, and analysis on several long-term projects lab and other desk work may be limited this summer.
– All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. We do not require
applicants to major in a particular discipline; however, exposure to the
fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. We do
accept interns that have graduated the academic year just prior to the
internship (rising seniors).
– Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings.
– Applicants should be prepared for strenuous work outdoors (e.g. field
research and land management projects) as well as perform indoor work when
necessary (e.g. data entry and GIS projects).
– This year the internship will run from June 1 to Aug 9 — applicants
should be available during this period, though some flexibility is possible.