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 running May 20th-November 20th, flexible upon request.  
Apply by March 1st for full consideration.

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 to monitor 
butterflies in our butterfly habitat as well as conduct vegetation surveys on 
nectar resources in our prairies compared with cool season grasslands. The 
selected candidate will conduct an independent research project on these topics 
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, pollinators, natural resource 
management, land stewardship or ecological studies, and is particularly well 
suited to prepare participants for graduate school or work in a conservation 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter here.

In your cover letter please mention that you are specifically interested in the 
butterfly 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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