Field Assistants – Plants, Insects, Birds

Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center
New Fairfield, CT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$400/wk plus housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Great Hollow is currently accepting applications for field research internships for undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences, have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology, and have demonstrated experience with the identification of forest plants, arthropods, and/or birds. Selected candidates will mainly assist with the first year of a 3-year study of the effects of invasive Japanese barberry removal on plant, arthropod, and bird species composition. To be able to conduct the necessary field work for the project, applicants must be skilled at identifying plants, arthropods, and/or birds (by sight and sound) of northeastern U.S. forests. We do not expect each applicant to have experience with all 3 taxa, so those with experience with only 1 or 2 are still encouraged to apply. We will attempt to partner 2 interns with complimentary skills (e.g., one person with bird ID skills and another with plant and arthropod ID skills). Aside from working on this project, they will also be occasionally asked to help with invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, miscellaneous office duties, facility maintenance, care of our non-releasable birds of prey and other education animals, community events, and kids’ education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. The positions begin in late May and last 8 weeks. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $400 and free on-site, shared housing. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply, please email as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that includes a clear description of your relevant experience with Northeastern forest plant, insect, or bird ID; (2) your CV; and (3) contact info and your relationship to at least two professional references to: Chad Seewagen at Please label the PDF as “Last name_first name” and put “Last name_2023 Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications that fail to follow these basic instructions may be disqualified.
-Completion of at least 1 full year of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field. -Strong identification skills for Northeastern forest plants and birds (by sight and sound) and at least some familiarity with sampling and sorting insects. Plant and bird ID experience gained solely from the lab section of a college course is insufficient. Applicants must demonstrate other sources of experience (e.g., prior field positions, atlasing efforts, volunteer work, etc.). Bird point-count survey experience is a big plus. -Ability to enjoy working outdoors for several hours, sometimes under adverse (e.g., hot, buggy) conditions. -Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain. -English fluency. -Ability to communicate effectively. -Ability to work independently and as part of a team. -Ability to live in shared, drug-free and smoke-free housing with respect for others. -Proof of current health insurance coverage and maintenance of it throughout the position (not provided). -U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.
Contact Person
Chad Seewagen
Contact eMail
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