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Atkinson & Lovejoy Conservation Internships


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Description:
Native Plant Trust is the nation's first plant conservation organization and the only one solely focused on New England's native plants. We save native plants in the wild, grow them for gardens and restorations, and educate others on their value and use. With 25 staff and many of our 1,500 trained volunteers work throughout New England each year to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, manage sites for ecological balance, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs. Two of Native Plant Trust's core initiatives - the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) and the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) program - engage professional and community volunteers in rare species monitoring, habitat management, reintroduction and augmentation projects, and long-term conservation planning. We work closely with Natural Heritage programs and with conservation organizations in all six New England states.

Native Plant Trust is offering two 25-week internships for this field season. The two conservation internships offer a range of learning opportunities in areas that are integral to NEPCoP and the PCV program, from coordinating with landowners and volunteers to conducting botanical surveys and processing data. Interns will work with conservation staff to create a personal education plan, have the opportunity to take Native Plant Trust's educational programs and courses at no cost, and participate in seminars and an informal reading and discussion group in the conservation department.

In addition, all interns complete an independent project on a topic of interest in botany, ecology, and/or conservation. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, interns based in New England will also have the option of participating in botanically-interesting field trips and seasonal contract work, which may include the planning and implementation of habitat restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, and seed collection.

Candidates should be passionate about plant conservation, have some familiarity with the flora of New England and associated ecological systems, excellent speaking and writing skills, a willingness to call landowners to secure access to their property, and a sense of humor. Experience with volunteers and data management is preferred. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations and sensitive data.

Based at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA (pending state of COVID-19 pandemic) with remote option available. Both in-person and remote options will have the potential for field trips and site visits. Hours and Compensation: 40 hours/week at $14.25/hour.

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Participating Institution(s):
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Native Plant Trust  (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Environmental Sciences
Forestry
Horticulture
Plant Sciences

Keywords:
Botany
Conservation
Invasive Plants
Plant Ecology

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Page last updated 3/20/2022
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