Mohonk Preserve helps to protect the Shawangunk Mountain region and inspires people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. The Preserve manages 8,000 acres of the northern Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County, NY through four integrated programs – Conservation Science, Education, Land Stewardship, and Land Protection, and is a regional model for large-scale conservation planning. Our Daniel Smiley Research Center, located near Mohonk Lake (where Conservation Science operations are centered), provides a great work environment!
Conservation Science staff carry on a broad program of ecological research projects including long-term studies on topics such as:
• water quality and limnology
• natural history of plants and animals
The 2018 Schaefer Research Internship at the Daniel Smiley Research Center provides an opportunity to work with Preserve research staff, scientists, and land managers on:
• forest, meadow, stream, and lake habitat use
• long-term changes in natural history of the region
• recreational impact assessment
• detailed data collection & management
The selected intern will develop an individualized research project, complete a written report, and present their findings in an oral presentation at the end of the summer.
Who may apply: Students currently in their Freshman or Sophomore year of college (or equivalent credit hours), and who are majoring in biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science, or related natural science majors.
Must be able to hike a minimum of 5 miles and provide personal gear for the day (rain gear, appropriate clothing, hiking boots).
Mohonk Preserve encourages applications from women, minorities and/or other underrepresented groups.
Interns who excel may be invited to return a second year. EEO
How to apply: Submit the following as a single PDF by email to Dr. Elizabeth Long, Director of Conservation Science at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. A cover letter that clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain toward achieving your career goals
2. Your current resume
3. Your current transcript (unofficial is OK)
Make sure to include the applicant’s last name in the file name of the application. Please include the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
In addition, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation emailed to email@example.com by the application deadline.
Only on-time, complete applications, which includes reference letters, will be considered.
No phone calls, please.
Duration: 10 weeks (summer season; flexible)
Location: Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
Compensation: $4,000; housing and travel assistance may be available; Preserve membership for duration of internship