Jobs at Pleasant Valley

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Wildlife and Plant Conservation Intern - Field Science/ Education

Location: Lenox, MA
Sanctuary: Pleasant Valley

Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries encompass nearly 3000 acres of ecologically diverse conservation land. Wildlife and plant conservation interns work as part of a dynamic team of staff and interns who support conservation efforts on several wildlife sanctuaries. Interns contribute to projects in their focus area as well teaming up on projects that cross disciplines with our education and property stewardship programs.

Responsibilities

  • Install and monitor nest boxes for native birds and survey/track wildlife including amphibians, reptiles, and mammals;
  • Assist with environmental education programs for adults and families including guided bird walks, hikes, canoe trips, etc.
  • Monitor and control invasive plant species to support native biodiversity and tend native plants/pollinators garden;
  • Assist with land management and stewardship projects including trail maintenance/repairs, fence repairs/removal, etc.
  • Maintain field data records and prepare summary reports/presentations for projects;
  • Position may also include office work, greeting visitors, and other duties as required;  
  • To some extent the position can be customized based upon the interests/skills of the intern.

Minimum hours:

  • Summer: 25 hours per week over an 10-12 week period 
  • Fall or Winter/Spring: 8-16 hours per week over semester

Qualifications

  • Strong interest and educational background in environmental science, environmental studies, environmental education, conservation, biology, botany, wildlife, natural resources, or related field;
  • Minimum HS Diploma and 1 year of college education;
  • Energetic, organized, team-oriented, with strong communication and record keeping skills;
  • Solid interpersonal skills, flexibility, creativity, self-motivation, sense of humor, ability to manage diverse tasks, and willingness to learn;
  • Candidates should be comfortable working independently as well as part of a team;
  • Must have reliable transportation to get to work sites;
  • Experience field research tools/methods such as GPS, GIS, radio telemetry, etc. desired;
  • CPR/First Aid certification and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) desired;
  • Successful candidates must pass a background record check (CORI, SORI and driver’s record)

Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid educational internship.

Opportunities may be available to receive school credit or work study.

Housing is NOT provided.

Additional Comments

Mass Audubon’s mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries include—Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield, Pleasant Valley in Lenox, Tracy Brook in Richmond, and Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield. Combined, these offer 1,800+ acres of varied habitats and twelve miles of trails that welcome over 20,000 visitors annually for nature education and recreation including hiking and snowshoeing. Internships are based at our Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA and involve travel to other sanctuaries and study sites.

How to Apply

Send required parts [1. letter of interest; 2. resume; and 3. contact name, phone, email for three references] to:

Dale Abrams, Education and Volunteer Coordinator
Job# 2902

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