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Conservation Internships at Highstead

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Cons Interns

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The Conservation Interns act as research assistants in Highstead’s Conservation Program for a twelve-week period from September 24, 2018 to December 14, 2018.

Highstead's Conservation Program is engaged in building the capacity of partners to achieve large landscape conservation strategies in New England, eastern New York, and beyond. Highstead works with more than eighty organizations in the Northeast to advance the pace and practice of large landscape conservation and fosters collaboration across political and geographical boundaries and among different fields and sectors. Highstead collaborates with Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and other regional partners to advance the Wildlands & Woodlands Initiative (W&WI).

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

2018 Conservation Program Initiatives

Interns will advance conservation in the region by bringing their energy and enthusiasm, writing, researching, and computer mapping skills to our conservation program. Interns will be matched to projects according to their interests, strengths, and our highest needs. For a list of 2018 fall priorities, click here.


We seek recent graduates of Bachelors or Masters level programs with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the development and implementation of real-world strategies in the following areas: landscape ecology, conservation finance, regional conservation partnerships, large landscape conservation, and forest policy. Candidates must have strong writing, research, and organizational skills. They must be comfortable working in a group setting and taking individual initiative, as they will have considerable responsibility for advancing one or more projects, often with little supervision. Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) is a plus for some projects. 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

Please send the following materials to Jody Cologgi at jcologgi@highstead.net. Reference “Conservation Intern Application” as the email subject. Applications will be accepted from May 23 to July 30, 2018 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

1. Cover letter describing your relevant conservation background and interests (including coursework, employment, or experience), your expectations for a successful experience, and your educational and career objectives. (300 words maximum)
2. Resume
3. Contact information for three references
4. Short writing sample

Please submit one PDF document containing all of your application materials.