Connecticut River Watershed Conservation - TNC

Duration: 35 hours per week, May – August 2017

Location: Northampton, MA  with travel throughout the Connecticut River Watershed

Position Title: Connecticut River Watershed Conservation Intern

The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River Program aims to conserve and restore ecological functions to the Connecticut River, its main tributaries and associated terrestrial ecosystems. Within the Connecticut River Program we have identified several priority areas for conservation work within the watershed, including restoring floodplain forests, managing water for people and nature and reconnecting rivers and streams.

Housing: Housing will not be provided. Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

For more info: The Nature Conservancy  /  The Connecticut River Program

Description:

Internship priorities will include restoring floodplain forests and the wild population of American elm, key aspects of the Connecticut River Program’s watershed conservation work. The interns will assist with large-scale floodplain restoration and water flow programs under the direction of Nature Conservancy scientists. One intern will focus on propagating survivor elms in a greenhouse setting, gathering seed/seedlings that will be used in floodplain restoration projects in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and invasive species control. The other will focus on water flow management and its impact on aquatic species and floodplain communities. Data entry and other office work will be necessary to document work in the field. The interns will have the opportunity to learn how we approach landscape scale conservation issues. Occasional travel throughout the watershed will give the interns an opportunity to gain a better understanding of ongoing research and restoration projects and to work with various conservation partners, including federal and state agencies and other watershed NGOs. The interns will also assist with general program tasks.

Qualifications:

Educational background in natural sciences; commitment to conservation; comfortable working outdoors under physically demanding circumstances; valid driver’s license, canoeing and/or snorkeling ability, and prior experience with botanical field work helpful, but not essential.

Funding: $4200. $3000 - Available through the Miller Worley Center dispensed through the MHC UAF System. The additional $1200 provided by The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy will reimburse the interns for mileage and other travel costs.

How to Apply: Students must apply to this position through Lyon Net by midnight February 17th. In addition, please send at least one letter of recommendation to Danielle van Over at dvanover@mtholyoke.edu.

About the Organization:
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Within the Connecticut River Program we have identified several priority areas for conservation work within the watershed, including restoring floodplain forests, managing water for people and nature and reconnecting rivers and streams.

Approach
We have developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps us identify the highest-priority places—landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term. In other words, Conservation by Design allows us to achieve meaningful, lasting conservation results.

The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Initiatives
The Nature Conservancy has six priority conservation initiatives to address the principal threats to conservation at the sites where we work, focusing on fire, climate change, freshwater, marine, invasive species, protected areas and forests.

Our Methods, Tools and Techniques
How can The Nature Conservancy protect all of these places?
We can't buy them all, and we certainly can't protect them single-handedly. But by joining together with communities, businesses, governments, partner organizations, indigenous people and communities, and people like you, we can preserve our lands and waters for future generations to use and enjoy.