Land Steward Intern: New Jersey

Friends of Princeton Open Space
Princeton, NJ
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Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) seeks three Land Steward Interns for the 2023 season. The interns will work under the direction of the FOPOS Director of Natural Resources and Stewardship, assisting in the day-to-day activities of managing an open space preserve. Most of the interns’ time will be spent outdoors working within riparian and forest restoration project sites located at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton. Interns will also get the opportunity to assist in the beginning stages of a new reforestation project supported by New Jersey’s Natural Climate Solutions Grant program, in partnership with the Municipality of Princeton. The project aims to reset carbon trajectories within a degraded 40-acre site by planting native trees and shrubs, while mitigating deer and invasive species. As a small nonprofit organization, FOPOS relies on volunteers to meet its stewardship goals and hosts frequent volunteer sessions at the Preserve. Stewardship interns will play a critical role in organizing and leading these events, typically held on weekends. View the full job description:
Ideal candidates will be actively pursuing a degree or career in ecology, natural resource management, environmental education, or related fields; must possess a strong interest in conservation, a desire to work outdoors and the ability to tolerate various field and weather conditions as well as conduct physically strenuous field work. Applicants must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team, engage with the public, be accountable, punctual, organized, and maintain a positive attitude. Applicants must have their own transportation and live within commuting distance of Princeton, NJ. We do not provide field housing. Interns will become familiar with the local flora and fauna of the NJ Piedmont and learn how to mitigate some of the pressures that our forests face, from invasive species infestations to the overabundance of white-tailed deer. Interns will also gain leadership skills in environmental education and public outreach as they engage with volunteers, school, and community groups during stewardship sessions at the Preserve.
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Anna Corichi, Director of Stewardship and Natural Resources
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