Wildlands Ecology Intern

Northeast Wilderness Trust

Opening posted: 03/10/2023 | Expires: 04/08/2023

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Reports to: Northern New England Land Steward
Duration: 10 weeks for 30 hours/week; June – August 2023
Compensation: $15/hour

Location: Bethel, Maine (housing not provided – some travel required)

Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT) conserves forever-wild landscapes for nature and people. NEWT safeguards more than 73,000 acres across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Northeast Wilderness Trust is the only regional land trust focused exclusively on wilderness conservation.

The Wildlands Ecology Intern will work closely with NEWT staff on a variety of data collection and stewardship tasks, primarily the establishment and initial monitoring of a series of long-term forest monitoring plots on a NEWT Preserve, but other tasks may include boundary marking, maintenance and monitoring of NEWT Preserves and Conservation Easement lands in Maine.

The Wildlands Ecology Intern will:
• Work with NEWT stewardship/ecology team to establish, monument, and monitor up to 20 long-term
forest monitoring plots on NEWT fee preserves, primarily Grafton Forest Wilderness Preserve in Grafton TWP, Maine.
• Collaborate with development and outreach staff at NEWT to collect and share media
(photos, videos, sound recordings) useful for outreach and education purposes promoting
wilderness education and conservation
• Monitor properties owned by NEWT and those on which the organization holds conservation
• Property maintenance including marking boundaries, trash removal, and taking steps to prevent trespass by motorized and mechanized vehicles.
• Collaborate on other NEWT projects and events according to your interests and as time

Consider Applying if:
• You are an undergraduate student or recent graduate who is looking to gain hands-on
experience in ecological data collection (community college students encouraged to apply)
• You are highly organized and proactive with a passion for wilderness and conservation
• You have or are pursuing a degree in natural resources, environmental science, forest
ecosystems, conservation biology, botany, soil science or related field
• You have strong oral and written communication skills in English
• You have experience working with scientific data (or a strong desire to learn) with
accountability and commitment to accuracy
• You are able to identify common plants and trees of the northeastern US and are
comfortable navigating off-trail in the woods over uneven, sometimes challenging terrain
• You are proficient with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word
• You are willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions (i.e. heat, rain, bugs)
including some lifting or carrying of up to 50 lbs.
• You have proof of receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in the U.S. or
willingness to mask and test for COVID-19 prior to work tasks that require being in close
proximity to others
• You are a self-starter who is able to work in both group settings and independently
• Ability and willingness to travel across the region, occasionally overnight, and carry a valid driver’s license
• Reliable vehicle for travel on rough roads is preferable

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and one page resume as a single combined PDF to Shelby Perry, Wildlands Ecologist at . Application deadline is April 7th, 2023.