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Adirondack Conservation Intern

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 04/02/2015
Company Name Nature Conservancy
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Directory Entry : The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
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This internship provides hands-on exposure to all aspects of the Adirondack Chapter's and Adirondack Land Trust’s work, both in the field and at our office in Keene Valley, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Park.  Past Interns have received college credit for this internship, and we are happy to accommodate applicants seeking academic credit from their home institution.


The Adirondack Conservation Intern is responsible for assisting staff in the areas of conservation science, threat abatement, communications and marketing, fee land and conservation easement stewardship, and fundraising, and for completing a nature preserve management and stewardship lead project as follows:

Lead Project – Nature Preserve Management and Stewardship:  The intern will work to transform one of the Adirondack Chapter’s nature preserves into a community resource that will provide opportunities for local residents and visitors to get outside and explore nature. Working under the supervision of the Stewardship Programs Manager, the intern will engage in management, planning, communications and outreach in order to implement the management plan for this flagship preserve.   (~12-19 weeks)

Preserve management and planning responsibilities may include:

  • Coordinate partner, volunteer, and community involvement.
  • Carry out trail work and trail design, including visitor parking area.
  • Improve signage to enhance visitor experience.
  • Revise and provide feedback on preserve management plan.

Communication and education/outreach responsibilities may include:

  • Serve as a community ambassador.
  • Work in close partnership with town officials.
  • Assist with developing and writing interpretation/education materials and identifying communication platforms. 
  • Engage public, partners, and supporters of The Nature Conservancy.
  • Assist with special events.

Conservation Science:  Assist the Conservation Scientist with ecological research in the Adirondacks, which might include:  ongoing aquatic habitat connectivity research, including inventorying culverts; ecological assessment field work; or other ongoing science projects both in the office and in the field. (~ 1-3 weeks)

Communications and Marketing:  Assist the Director of Communications with updating the Chapter website, and preparing outreach, fundraising, educational, marketing and other materials for various audiences, including members, donors and the media.  (~1-3 weeks)

Threat Abatement:  Assist the Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinators with control and monitoring of invasives at our preserves and at ecologically critical sites in the Adirondack Park, including NYS Forest Preserve, and NYS Dept. of Transportation rights-of-way; assist with public outreach and education.  (~2-3 weeks)

Fundraising:  Assist Philanthropy staff with all aspects of fundraising trips and special events, including logistics, donor relations, and producing informational materials.  Assist with one or more field trips, and with the Annual Membership Meeting logistics. (~1-2 weeks)

Other Stewardship:  Assist Stewardship staff with various aspects of nature preserve and conservation easement stewardship activities.  Tasks might include: boundary marking and maintenance work at our nature preserves and conservation easement properties throughout the Adirondack Park, inventorying and organizing large maps and other conservation easement recordkeeping, and assisting landowners with invasive plant eradication.  (~1-3 weeks)

Debrief:   Maintain a journal documenting your experiences as an intern, and debrief with staff at the end of the internship.

General:  In addition to the listed duties, there might be clerical and other work as needed to support conservation priorities or special projects that can benefit from the intern’s skills and interests. Work will be both in the office and in the field.  The intern will work closely with many members of the staff, and will report to the Director of Communications.  The intern is expected to work independently as well as with colleagues, members and donors, volunteers, partners and the public.  Field work will be in all sorts of weather, sometimes in remote locations with rugged terrain.

Additional Training Opportunities

The intern will be exposed to a broad range of educational opportunities.  These may include learning about alpine plant identification and our efforts to protect sensitive alpine habitats, training sessions in identification of invasive plant species, accompanying ecologists in their field work, as well as meeting one of the inspirational conservationists who founded this program.  Interning with a global conservation organization will broaden the selected candidate’s knowledge of worldwide conservation issues and strategies for addressing threats to biodiversity.

  • May interact with visitors, members of the public, donors and partners.
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.
  • Opportunity to act independently on assigned tasks.
  • May lead small work groups in the field, including other staff or volunteers.
  • Minimum level of education completed by the beginning of summer, 2015:  college junior, or equivalent
  • Must have valid driver’s license.


  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues.
  • Coursework in: natural resource management, communications, field ecology.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience designing and building trails a plus.
  • ArcGIS and GPS experience helpful.
  • Positive, energetic and enthusiastic.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and flexible.
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.


  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.               
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.                           
  • May-October, 2015, 25 weeks total; exact dates are somewhat flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidate.
  • $15/hour, plus mileage reimbursement if intern uses his/her own vehicle for work-related travel (no reimbursement for daily commute to office).
  • 35-hour work week, generally Mondays through Fridays with at least two weekend days usually required (Sunday July 26 and Saturday August 8).  Some days, particularly those in remote field locations, will be longer than 7 hours.
  • Housing is not provided.

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply to position number 42699, the following are required:  1) cover letter, and 2) resume.  Please submit your cover letter and resume in one document.  Your cover letter serves as your writing sample.  In your cover letter include a description of how you meet the Basic Qualifications for this position, and an explanation of how this internship fits with your career goals and conservation interests and describe your interest in the Adirondacks. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 4, 2015.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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