Invasive Plant Biology Internship

Maine Natural Areas Program, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Opening posted: 03/30/2021 | Expires: 04/23/2021


The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) seeks adventurous interns for two Invasive Plant Biology Internships in Southern Maine in summer 2021 (York and Cumberland counties).  The interns will survey, map, treat, and monitor invasive terrestrial and wetland plants, with a special focus on perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium), a species still uncommon in Maine.  Fieldwork will take place primarily in York and Cumberland counties, and includes: searching for invasive plants and documenting infestations; manual removal of invasive plants; and assisting with invasive plant workshops.  Desk work includes data entry and records management, landowner outreach, creating maps using iMapInvasives and/or ArcGIS, assisting with invasive plant management reports, preparing for outreach events, and general office projects.  Applicants must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long days on foot in hot weather.  The internship requires a strong interest in invasive plant ecology and land stewardship, attention to detail, teamwork, good communication skills, and enthusiasm for addressing invasive plants.  The ability to identify common invasive and native plants, familiarity with handheld GPS units, ArcGIS experience, and prior fieldwork experience are helpful, but training will be provided.  The interns will be cross-trained with other MNAP ecology and monitoring projects.

Due to COVID-19, it is unclear at this time whether the interns will have access to an office space in Southern Maine.  If not, interns can expect to complete most office work remotely (at home, good internet required), with occasional work at the MNAP office in Augusta.  This position requires frequent within-state travel and may include occasional overnight travel.

The Internships will run from approximately mid-June to mid-August.  Pay is $14/hour.  Shared housing may be available in the project area for a fee.

For more information about MNAP, visit: www.maine.gov/dacf/mnap

If you have questions about the Internship, please contact Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, or 207-287-8046.

To apply, email Nancy and attach your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position.  Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, April 16, 2021.