Conservation and Stewardship Intern

Expected Dates
September 8, 2020 to November 23, 2020
The Nature Conservancy Western Massachusetts Program
Position ID
The Conservation and Stewardship Intern will work with Conservancy staff to provide research and management support for over 8,000 acres of Conservancy’s preserves and conservation easements in Western Massachusetts. This internship will provide a broad range of conservation work and will require regularly working independently in the field and office.  Primary responsibilities for this internship will be split between a turtle monitoring project and assisting with general preserve stewardship activities. The turtle monitoring project will by supervised by the Stewardship Manager and will include using radio-telemetry to track locations of 20 turtles per week in wetlands, record locations via GPS , take detailed notes, and work with data in large Excel database. Preserve stewardship tasks will be supervised by the Land Steward and  Stewardship Manager and will include preserve and conservation easement monitoring; natural resource mapping using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); controlling invasive plant species; ecological monitoring; maintenance of stewardship equipment and facilities; and other land stewardship tasks, as needed and appropriate. 
Compensation amounts (all allowances are taxed): 
  • $1,100 - One time travel grant, car is required but a company vehicle is available for all required work travel
  • $350 - weekly living allowance
  • $600 - monthly housing allowance
  • $20 - weekly commuting allowance

Due to the total compensation exceeding the maximim compensation threshold established by AmeriCorps, this position is NOT ELIGIBLE for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

  • The office is in Great Barrington, MA. Majority of the field work will be in the southern Berkshires but the position will require travel throughout western Massachuesetts.
  • This position will be trained as needed in radio-telemetry, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, Collector (ESRI application), invasive plant identification and control, conservation restriction monitoring, boundary posting.
  • The Berkshires offer countless cultural and recreational activities.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience