The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) summer internship program hires undergraduates, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2017, 2018, and 2019) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. The program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals. We offer a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.
The Restoration Monitoring interns will work as a team and gain exposure to 2 major science and conservation initiatives in both grassland and forested ecosystems. In the grasslands, the Interns will be part of an exciting, long-term adaptive management project to track the response of native prairies to grazing and fire management. The Interns will fill a critical role in helping the chapter to close the adaptive management loop. The Interns will also spend time contributing to monitoring outcomes for the climate adaptation work taking place in Minnesota's iconic north woods. This is a project that is working with partners to identify and implement climate-adapted restoration and management techniques for long-term sustainability in the forest ecosystem.
The Interns will be responsible for conducting vegetation surveys in coordination with other Conservancy staff. Over the course of the summer, each Intern will work with another staff member to complete vegetation surveys numerous locations across four different landscapes: Missouri Coteau (ND, SD), Black Hills (SD), the Northern Tallgrass Prairie (MN, ND, SD), and the North Woods (MN). Data entry will also be part of the job. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance botanical skills and experience first-hand the unique beauty and biodiversity of the northern prairies and forests.
Strong field botanical skills and experience conducting field sampling are preferred, but training will be provided. Experience working in grasslands or other terrestrial ecosystems of the upper Midwest or Great Plains is a plus. After a training period, interns will be in the field during the day working independently from their direct supervisor. Therefore, interns should be able to work well with others as well as independently. The most important qualifications are enthusiasm for working outdoors and the desire to learn. A valid driver’s license and good driving record are required.
For questions about the position, contact Marissa Ahlering, but applications must be submitted online. Cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references required.