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Conservation Internships at Highstead

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Cons Interns

Emily Silver and Eva Weyers

Conservation Internship Program

The Conservation Interns act as research assistants in Highstead’s Conservation Program for a twelve-week period.

Highstead's Conservation Program works to achieve large landscape conservation in New England in support of the Wildlands and Woodlands (W&W) Initiative. Highstead works with more than 80 organizations in New England, New York, and beyond to advance conservation and collaborate across political, geographical, and professional boundaries. Highstead coordinates the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative in partnership with Harvard University’s Harvard Forest.

Interns work with Highstead’s two Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance priority conservation initiatives. Interns prepare and present a 15-minute presentation of their work at the conclusion of their internship.

Interns will advance conservation in New England by bringing their energy and enthusiasm, and writing, researching, and/or computer mapping skills to any of the following initiatives:


  • Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering and Training: Help organize, administer, and support a full-day conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.
  • Northern Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership: Work with members of the ALPINE (Academics for Land Protection in New England) team and the RCP Network Steering Committee to connect ALPINE members (staff, faculty, students, and alums) with RCPs in the region.
  • Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership (H2H): Assist Highstead staff and H2H Co-coordinators with land protection activities including strategic conservation mapping, a pooled match inventory, project endorsements, landowner workshops, and meeting and event organizing.


  • New England Conservation Finance Network: Help develop a communications platform and strategy for a regional network of conservation finance practitioners, building on existing national efforts, and recent interest within New England. This project will involve repackaging existing content, identifying hot topics, assembling mailing lists, and blog writing and editing.
  • Evaluate Conservation Funding Trends: Build on recent Highstead work to catalog public and private funding for regional conservation. Update existing sources and identify new sources of information on philanthropic private and public grants, and private investments in forest and agriculture protection in New England.

Interns may also support the following:

  • New England Forest Policy Agenda: Provide information gathering, policy analysis, and other support to a New England-wide coalition intent on increasing resources for forest conservation across New England.
  • W&WI, RCP Network, and Conservation Finance Network Communication: Work with the communications staff and the conservation staff to develop e-newsletters and website content in support of W&WI, the RCP Network, and the Conservation Finance Network.
  • Conservation Event Planning, Administration, and Coordination: Interns may assist with events, meetings, and workshops serving a variety of conservation professionals. 


We seek recent graduates of Bachelor’s or Master’s-level programs with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the development and implementation of real-world strategies for the following areas: landscape ecology, land conservation, and forest policy. Candidates must have good writing, research, and organizational skills. They must be comfortable working in a group setting and also taking individual initiative, as they will have considerable responsibility for advancing one or more projects. Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus in some instances. Candidates must have access to a car for travel within, and in some cases outside of, Connecticut.


Intern compensation includes the following:
• Stipend of $5,000 for the 12-week session
• Free furnished housing

How To Apply

Check the Highstead homepage for any current openings.