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College Internship in Suburban Ecology

College Internship in Suburban Ecology at the Mianus River Gorge

Program Description: Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 850-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.
·  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: $25/day or combination of school credit and stipend (depending on university requirements).

 Projects for 2020 include:
o  Monitoring coyotes, bobcats, and other wildlife in Westchester, NYC, and Fairfield using camera traps, roadkill surveys, and other methods
o  Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
o  Invasive species control and other land management work
o  Data management, GIS work, 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 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 groups 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 8 to Aug 13 -- applicants need to be available during this period.
· Interns also will need a vehicle or other means of transport to MRG each day -- unfortunately, public transport access is very limited in our area.

We must give preference to local students or those that can commute daily to Bedford, NY, as summer housing is not always available.