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Internships In Ecology, Land Management Offered In Bedford

The Mianus River Gorge is offering interested college students a chance at a summer internship.
The Mianus River Gorge is offering interested college students a chance at a summer internship. Photo Credit: http://www.mianus.org/

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Mianus River Gorge, a conservation organization and 800-acre nature preserve in Bedford, North Castle and Pound Ridge, offers eight-week summer internships for college students interested in the conservation of natural areas in urbanizing landscapes.

Internships last for a period of eight weeks from June to July, with some flexibility available. Longer internships may be available upon request. Preference may be given to local students or those that can commute, as summer housing is not always guaranteed, but students from outside the region are encouraged to apply, as they may be able to secure housing. Each intern will work alongside Gorge staff and graduate students on a variety of projects.

Stipend is $100 per week or combination of school credit and stipend, depending on university requirements.

Anticipated activities for 2015 include the following:

  • Monitoring coyotes and other wildlife in New York City.
  • Vegetation sampling, monitoring, and restoration
  • Monitoring box and wood turtle nesting areas
  • Assist on an ongoing stream salamander population genetics study
  • Mapping of priority management areas via GIS
  • Data management and analysis on numerous long-term projects

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply. There is no requirement for applicants to major in a particular discipline, however, exposure to and interest in the fields of ecology, environmental science, or geography is encouraged. Interns must be self-motivated and work well in group settings. Applicants should be prepared for strenuous summer work outdoors, such as field research and land management projects, as well as indoor work when necessary.

The application deadline is March 15. Direct questions to research@mianus.org or call Chris Nagy at 914-234-3455. The application and more information is available at http://www.mianus.org/research-and-education/undergraduate/internship-application/ .

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