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 
45 lbs. 

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. 

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