Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship
The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers
in the world, offering diverse training programs for early career
professionals. The Wilds has nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land
and remnant forest patches which present opportunities for ecological
restoration and research.
Six month position available from May 29th to November 30th, 2018,
flexible upon request.
Apprentices gain hands-on experience, participate in vegetation and
wildlife studies and receive field training on a variety of ecological
studies in wetland, forest, stream & grassland habitats.
• Focus: the focus of this particular apprentice position is
monitoring survival and growth rates of trees in a recent tree planting
on site. The selected candidate will conduct an independent research
project including field work monitoring the tree planting, with a final
presentation to Wilds employees at the end of their term.
• Typical tasks: implementing habitat improvements and monitoring
ecosystem recovery through invasive plant management, vegetation and
wildlife surveys, environmental monitoring, photo point collection, data
analysis and report writing.
• Training: field methods (species identification, survey
protocols, research methodology), GPS & GIS applications/map making,
biological monitoring and application of land management and restoration
techniques, Wildlife ecology basics and techniques, landscape genetics.
• Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks,
including outdoor work throughout the seasons. This may include hot,
buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions. Participants should be
prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.
• Candidates should be eager for learning opportunities and
willing to practice new skills independently. Apprentices must be
responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work effectively with
limited supervision, as well as in a team setting.
• Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least
Schedule is typically M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. While no monetary
compensation is offered, on site housing will be covered. The position
is ideal for acquiring practical career experience in conservation,
natural resource management, land stewardship or ecological studies, and
is particularly well suited to prepare participants for graduate school
or work in a conservation organization.
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter by March 15th here:
In your cover letter please mention that you are interested in the
tree survival position- other positions are available as well but do not
cover housing costs. Outline what you would hope to gain from the
position and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All
training programs at The Wilds are competitive and we value placing
individuals in programs that suit their career goals.