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Highstead works to inspire curiosity and build knowledge about plants and wooded landscapes in order to enhance life, preserve nature, and advance sound stewardship practices.

Apply now for Highstead's Conservationist Position

Highstead seeks an individual with a collaborative spirit and experience in land conservation, land use planning, environmental education or natural resources management to fill the new position of Conservationist.

The Conservationist will support the activities of the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network and work with the Senior Conservationist, RCP Network members, and others to help advance the pace and practice of large landscape conservation in New England and eastern New York.

Read the full job description, requirements, and information about submitting an application here.


Highstead Seeks Ecology and Conservation Interns

Highstead is currently hiring Ecology and Conservation interns for the summer of 2017.

The Ecology Intern will gain experience studying herbivore-forest interactions and learn a variety of forest vegetation sampling techniques as well as woody and herbaceous plant identification. Click here for details.

The Conservation Intern will work with Highstead’s Senior Conservationist for Conservation Finance to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that will inform our partners on where and how new conservation finance opportunities may emerge. Click here for details..

Highstead Ecologist Publishes Scientific Papers

Highstead ecologist, Ed Faison recently published two scientific papers on the complex effects of deer and moose browsing on forest understory diversity and tree regeneration in southern New England forests.

One paper published in the journal PLOS one is the first study in North America to compare the effects of moose + deer browsing to that of deer browsing alone on tree recruitment in forests.  The second study published in Rhodora reports on 15 years of change to the herb and shrub layer in Highstead’s woodland resulting from deer exclusion.


Highstead and Harvard Forest Participate in International Conservation Finance Workshop

Just as old leaves were beginning to fall in New England, new leaves and conservation ideas were breaking bud at Las Majadas de Pirque, outside of Santiago, Chile. Jim Levitt, Highstead Senior Fellow, David Foster, chair of Highstead’s board and director of the Harvard Forest, and Spencer Meyer, Senior Conservationist at Highstead joined about 50 U.S. and Chilean conservation finance experts to share lessons in innovative conservation across two continents.

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