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Ecology Internships at Highstead

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Olivia Zukas and Amanda Pachomski

Ecology Program

Interns participate in long-term research projects under the guidance of Highstead's ecologist and other staff members. Responsibilities are strongly field-based and include establishing sampling plots, identifying plants, measuring trees, and assessing deer activity.  Indoor work may include data entry, plant identification, herbarium work, and tree ring analysis. During the final week of the program, interns prepare a 15-minute presentation in which they present results and conclusions to Highstead staff and local conservation groups and town officials.

In addition, students may interact with local botanical experts, and researchers and students from the Harvard Forest, the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Arnold Arboretum.

Current Research projects

  • Vegetation change in Highstead's woodland after 10 years

Qualifications

Each summer, we seek one to two recent college graduates with majors in ecology, botany, wildlife biology, or a related field. The candidate must have a strong interest in plants and plant identification and be very detail-oriented with a commitment to collecting high quality data under rigorous field conditions (ticks, thorns, and hot weather). Candidates must show demonstrated experience and/or strong desire to work long hours in the field, sometimes in remote settings, with one other person. The position occasionally requires long drives to field sites. The ability to hike several miles off-trail is important.

How To Apply

Highstead is not accepting ecology internship applications at this time.

Highstead Ecology Interns 2004 to Present

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