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Invasive Plant Management Internship, Highstead – Connecticut

Organization: Highstead

Position Title: Invasive Plant Management Internship

Location: Redding, Connecticut

Dates and compensation: Position Dates: Monday, May 25 – Friday, August 7, 2015; Stipend: $5000.00 and free furnished housing.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

Description: Highstead, a regional land conservation and ecological research center, is accepting applications for one field intern to participate in Highstead’s long-term research and monitoring of invasive plant species for the summer of 2015. The primary project will be to map the current extent of Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) on our 150+ acre property. The intern will gain experience identifying the plant and using a Trimble GeoExplorer and ArcGIS to record and map populations. Other potential projects may include designing a restoration planting, herbarium work, or other invasive mapping. The position will be predominantly field-based but will also include data entry, background research, mapping of historical data, and preparing a 15-minute final presentation for Highstead staff.

Qualifications: Upper level undergraduate or recent graduate in botany, plant ecology, or related field. Applicants should have previous experience with field work. Successful applicants must (1) have an interest in invasive plant management (2) be energetic and enthusiastic about conducting intensive fieldwork in hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather; in a landscape with deer ticks; and in forest understories with downed trees and thick, often spiny (i.e. Japanese barberry, multiflora rose) shrub layers. Applicants must also be comfortable working alone.

How to Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (with relevant experience and contact information for three references) to jcologgi@highstead.net; reference Invasive Plant Management Intern Application as the email subject. Accepting applications immediately through March 15th.

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