Highstead <https://highstead.net/>, a regional land conservation and
ecological research center, is accepting applications for one field ecology
intern in the spring/summer of 2019 to assist with two forest research
projects. These projects include (1) a comparative monitoring study of
wildland forest (forest in which no logging is permitted) with nearby
woodland forests (forest in which resource extraction including logging is
permitted) in Connecticut and southern Massachusetts; and (2) a long-term
study of moose and deer impacts on forest structure and composition using
fenced exclosures in central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Duties
will include (a) some on and off-trail hiking to access field sites; (b)
setting up forest plots, (c) measuring and identifying trees, shrubs, and
herbs (d) entering data into spreadsheets and databases; (e) limited data
analysis and presentation of results.

Time permitting and on rainy days, additional projects may include
downloading and entering wildlife camera pictures into a database and
writing short informational posts to accompany natural history photos that
would be posted on the Highstead website. The 11-week internship will
culminate with a 15-20-minute final presentation to the Highstead staff.
The internship will be based in Redding, CT, but will include frequent
travel to field sites in other parts of southern New England, including
overnight stays at the Harvard Forest in central Massachusetts.


Undergraduate or recent graduate in ecology, forest science, botany, or
related field. The ideal candidate will be (1) energetic and enthusiastic
and someone who thrives in the field under a variety of challenging
conditions (ticks, heat, mosquitoes, thorns); (2) have experience
identifying New England flora (trees, shrubs, and herbs); (3) be very
detail-oriented and organized; (4) be willing to travel to field sites in
southern and central New England; (5) comfortable with datasets and
spreadsheets; (6) comfortable working closely with 1 or 2 other people for
long hours. A valid driver's license and personal vehicle is required.


The intern will be supervised primarily by Highstead’s senior ecologist,
but will interact and receive guidance from other Highstead staff,
including Highstead’s communication manager, as well as researchers at the
Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

*Position Dates*: Tuesday, May 27 - Friday, August 8, 2019

*Stipend:* $6,500.00 and free, furnished housing.

*Website**:* http://www.highstead.net

*To apply*, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience
and contact information for three references) to jcolo...@highstead.net;
reference Ecology Intern Application as the email subject*.* Please submit
one PDF document containing all application materials. Accepting
applications immediately. Review of applicants will begin in late-February
and continue until position is filled in March.

*Jody Cologgi*
127 Lonetown Road
Redding, CT  06875
(203) 938-8809

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