Part-time intern at flower farm

Native Farm Flowers is looking to hire a part-time intern starting this spring.  If you are interested, please contact Barbara Jefts at

Native Farm Flowers is a 5 acre farm dedicated to growing beautiful  perennial and annual flowers naturally and with the utmost care. We grow our flowers naturally using proven, age-old farming practices. My fields are host to many unusual and heirloom varieties of annual, perennial and woody perennial flowers. Grown mainly from seed, my flowers are harvested, conditioned and put in cold storage just days before they are sold. Our farming practices keep the environment and humans healthy and free of harmful chemicals.

Owned and operated for more than 29 years by Barbara Jefts, Native Farm is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, four short miles from Downtown Saratoga.

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Summer Residential Coordinator / Field Teaching Assistant

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is now accepting applications for support staff for two sessions of its three-week high school summer ecology course, Wildlife Ecology Research. Two nine week positions (June 6-August 7, 2016) are available. Applicants must have completed a BA/BS degree, preferably in a science related field. Staff is responsible for providing student supervision before and after classes each day, overnight, and on occasional non-academic days. Additionally, staff is responsible for shopping for food; assisting students with meal planning and preparation; overseeing the completion of household duties; planning evening and non-academic day activities; and assisting students with assignments. Staff will also have the opportunity to act as a teaching assistant for field based classes, tutor students daily lectures, and teach their own field-based lesson if desired. Training and course preparation will begin June 6- prior to the start of the first session. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest and/or experience in field ecology and research, science education, science tutoring, outdoor trip leading/camp counselor, and cooking and meal planning for groups of 12

Course Description:

Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive three week program where rising juniors and senior high school students learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Two sessions will run summer 2016 each consisting of 9-12 students who will live and work at the field station learning ecology and performing small group research projects. For more information about the program visit the Wildlife Ecology Research page

Residential Coordinator Responsibilities
Providing supervision for students before and after class each day, overnight, and non-academic days Assisting students in meal preparation and the completion of household duties Planning nightly and non-academic day activities

Field Teaching Assistant Responsibilities
Assisting students with assignments including synthesizing primary literature and the development and completion of independent research projects Acting as teaching assistant in the field for visiting guest lecturers Developing a field-based ecology lesson on a topic of interest

Duration: June 6-August 7, 2016 

Salary: $4500 – $5000 (based on applicant experience) plus room and board

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in a science related field
  • Group supervisory experience

Desirable Additional Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Personal vehicle
  • Experience/interest in field biology and research
  • Experience/interest in science education
  • Previous experience as a summer camp counselor
  • Experience cooking and meal planning for groups of 12
  • Experience team building
  • Organizational skills
  • Natural history knowledge pertinent to New York/the Northeast

To apply
Applications considered until positions filled or Monday, May 2 whichever comes first
Assemble into a single PDF or WORD document and email to with “Applicant’s Last Name WER RCTA” in the subject line: 

  1. A cover letter describing your interest and reason for applying as well as the skills you will bring to the position. As the position is both a residential coordinator and teaching assistant, applicants should feel free to elaborate on skills such as the ability to plan meals for large groups and include sample meal plans that accommodate vegetarians and people with allergies, in addition to information on research and teaching skills including ideas for field research projects or a lesson plan for a guest lecture geared towards high school students 
  2. A current CV/resume no more than 2 pages in length. 
  3. Two letters of reference. Submitted separately to the above email address.
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Paid Environmental Education and Conservation Intern

Wilton Wildlife Park and Preserve is hiring 2 education and conservation interns, to begin late summer/early fall. These are full-time, paid positions.

Position Summary
The major responsibilities of the intern are to develop and present indoor and outdoor environmental education programs for the general public, specific groups and elementary school classes. Secondary opportunities are (1) participation in conservation projects relating to the habitats and species of the Saratoga Sandplains and (2) participation on trail work and support of the recreational programs.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship. Housing can be provided at no-cost at the Preserve & Park Office. Pay is minimum wage. A vehicle is required, but mileage for work-use is reimbursed at the market-rate.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

Environmental Education
On- and off-site education programs
• Developing and reviewing lesson plans
• Scheduling and communication with classroom teachers/group leaders
• Organizing and prepping all program supplies
• Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Environmental Education Volunteers
• Participating in Training with Environmental Education volunteers
• Communicating with the Environmental Education volunteers, insure they are prepared for programs
• Presenting educational programs
• Recording program attendance
• Following up with group leaders/survey, file hard copies of surveys
• Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs and systems

After-school programs
• Developing and reviewing lesson plans
• Scheduling and communication with BOCES program coordinator
• Organizing and prepping all program supplies
• Filing of all paperwork relative to program supplies
• Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs
• Recording program attendance
• Public Programs at the Preserve & Park and Tabling Events
• Developing and reviewing seasonal schedule of public programs
• Organizing and prepping all program supplies
• Putting together program flyer
• Assisting with PR for programs
• Putting all program information on Web Site
• Taking reservations for programs if needed
• Staffing tabling opportunities at community events
• Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Env. Ed. Volunteers
• Collecting information from program participants for mailing list
• Recording program attendance
• Maintaining up-to-date file of presented programs

Visitor Center
• Developing interpretive displays
• Staffing center during public hours
• Keeping center stocked with brochures, maps and flyers

• Karner blue butterfly restoration efforts; seed collecting, lupine planting
• Other studies: e.g.: woodcock, Blanding’s turtle, amphibian watch, wetland study, bird survey
• Creating a new conservation project

• Planning, preparation and participation in recreation events like the Moonlight Ski and the Wildlife Festival
• Helping with trail work days and with winter grooming


• Greeting and communicating information to visitors
• Answering the phone and checking the answering machine
• Taking messages

Organizing materials and records
• Keeping maps stocked at kiosks
• Keeping flyers at kiosks up-to-date
• Keeping educational supplies organized
• Keeping intern computer files organized and up-to-date

Meeting participation
• Attending board meetings
• Attending volunteer meetings
• Attending Education Committee Meetings/Conservation Committee Meetings

80 Scout Road
• Helping to keep office public spaces clean and appealing
• Keeping living spaces clean and organized (kitchen, bathroom and bedroom)
• Shoveling sidewalk and entryways in the winter

Interested? Please contact:
Margo Olson, Executive Director
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park
80 Scout Road
Gansevoort, NY 12831

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Internship at the Climate Museum, NYC, Summer 2016

A newly launched climate museum start-up seeks applications for unpaid internships. The mission of the Climate Museum is to use the sciences, art, and design to foster inspire dialogue and spur innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement. More information can be found on our website:

Interns will carry out a range of tasks in an intellectually vibrant and supportive environment. This position will focus on research and writing, and interns will also have the opportunity to aid in social media development. Specific responsibilities will include research into and reporting on internet resources on climate change, climate solutions, and global climate initiatives; research on current and past climate exhibitions and events; site visits at local and regional science, tech, and design museums, and summaries of news, academic literature, and social media activity on climate issues. Applicants should possess excellent academic qualifications and research and writing skills.



– ability to volunteer at least four days per week; five days is strongly preferred

– demonstrated interest in climate issues

– exceptional research and writing skills

– enterprising and ambitious mindset

– outstanding collaboration skills

– proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and Google Drive, as well as the ability to learn new software

-social media interest


– undergraduate juniors and seniors, college graduates, and graduate students

Please submit a cover letter of no more than two single-spaced pages explaining how your participation with the Museum will further your academic interests, coursework, and experience, as well as a resume and a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). Your application should be addressed to Miranda Massie at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Summer internship at NY Botanical Garden

The Thain Family Forest Program is offering an excellent paid internship opportunity for students with interest in ecology, field botany, natural resource management, ecological restoration, etc. This season the interns will assist Forest staff with the forest inventory that is conducted every five years and ongoing ecological restoration work.

Please forward the job posting to anyone who may be interested:

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Science Education and Activism internship

The National Center for Science Education is seeking one full-time summer intern to work on science education activism, with a particular focus on climate change education. This is a temporary position based in Oakland, CA.

About the National Center for Science Education

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization that defends and promotes the teaching of science in public schools. We provide information, resources, and support related to areas of science that are often attacked on social or political grounds—such as climate change and evolution. Our mission is to ensure that these topics are presented in a scientific, engaging, and accurate manner in the classroom.

Science education in America is under attack and science teachers are at the forefront of this challenge. There are many topics in the sciences that are scientifically sound, but politically and socially controversial, leaving educators at risk of being challenged anytime they try to address these issues. Teachers are most frequently challenged when they attempt to teach climate change and evolution, but problems occasionally arise around other issues such as genetically modified foods and the Big Bang. It is NCSE’s position that socially controversial science topics must be taught accurately in the science classroom, and we work with educators to ensure that they have the support they need to do this.

Summer Internships

We are looking for one intern for three months (June-August 2015) to help with NCSE’s teacher engagement, with a particular focus on climate change education. This is a unique opportunity for someone with a science background to learn about science advocacy and help support one of science’s most important communities: science teachers.

The selected candidate will receive training in:

· Climate change science and education

· Common denial arguments and tactics

· Writing for the public and educational audiences

· Using social media and web technologies including Salesforce to connect with educators

· Helping to defend and support science educators who teach these topics

The intern will work at the NCSE headquarters located in Oakland, CA.


· Must have a basic understanding of and interest in science, science education, and science advocacy.

· Good writing and computing skills are required.

· Timeliness, follow-through, and ability to work independently are a must.

· Preference for background or degree in Biology, Earth Science, or Environmental Sciences.

· This is an ideal position for a recent graduate, but we will review all applicants equally.

Salary and benefits:

This is a full-time (40 hours a week) position at the NCSE offices in Oakland. The internship mentor will meet with each intern on a weekly basis, and be present while the interns are working. The internship will last for the entire summer: June–August. Due to the short nature of the internship, there will not be an opportunity for the intern to take a vacation during this time, though we do have July 4 off. The full-time position pays $6,000 for the summer. No benefits are associated this position. NCSE is an equal-opportunity employer.

To apply:

Please include a cover letter, three references, and a résumé. E-mail all three to Minda Berbeco PhD, Programs and Policy Director: Applications must be received by March 1st. Find out more at:

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Summer Farming Internship

Sweet Acre Farm is a small-scale, pesticide-free, diversified vegetable farm entering its sixth growing season. We are a family-run business operating on 6 acres in Lebanon, CT, with 2 acres in cultivation. We are excited to offer two summer internships for the 2016 season. Housing, board, and $500/month stipend included. Positions run from May 15-Sept 1. Extensions possible through October. Full immersion in the running of a small vegetable operation.

Educational opportunities inherent in the position are:
Growing – greenhouse and soil management, irrigation, harvesting, compost preparation and covercropping.
Marketing – participation in two farmer’s markets and boxed CSA program. We also wholesale produce to restaurants and the local Food Co-op.
Building – construction projects are ongoing and can include greenhouse construction, timber framing sheds, animal shelters, and miscellaneous smaller projects.
Business skills- Insight into crop planning, accounting, sales, and other behind the scenes skills needed to run a small business.
Culinary- one internship opening can include the food preparation for farm meals, preservation of the harvest, cheese-making, food management for small number of farm events including a CSA event, and possible collaboration with chefs for larger event.
Animal husbandry- we keep two goats for milking, 50 laying hens, and raise chickens and pigs for meat on a small scale. Chores include daily animal care, moveable fence management, slaughter, and butchering.
Basic machine maintenance and repair

Work six days per week expected. Previous experience not required. Positive attitude and openness to new learning experiences are required. Work on our farm is very physically demanding, relying mostly on hand tools as opposed to machinery. Expect long, hot, rewarding days. We all work together as a crew, so respect and dedication to the process is expected of anyone working on our farm.
Housing is private room in house with shared common spaces and kitchen.

We are steering committee members for the New CT Farmer Alliance and are well connected to other growers in Eastern CT for off farm visits and learning opportunities.

COMPENSATION this position is PAID


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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Ethiopia

In December we will begin accepting applications for the Summer 2016 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and in South Gondar, Ethiopia.

This REU provides eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left.

Under the eight-week summer REU program, students will receive training at Colby College in ecological field methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), social survey research, and written and oral communication. They will then travel to South Gondar, Ethiopia to conduct hands-on fieldwork with mentors from Colby College, the California Academy of Sciences, and local academic and government institutions.

Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2015. The application deadline is February 15, 2016 via the REU-in-Ethiopia webite:

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Parks and Trails NY internship in Albany

 Internship Opportunity with Statewide Environmental Organization

Arthur V. Savage Internship Program

The Arthur V. Savage Internship Program offers an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates to work in Albany with the Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) staff to shape environmentally intelligent policies, organize grassroots constituents and provide stewardship for parks, trails, and other outdoor recreational facilities. The program provides interns with valuable insight and first-hand experience in the environmental field.

Specific Responsibilities: Assist with a variety of program, research, communications, and outreach tasks related to protecting, promoting and enhancing New York’s parks and trails. Projects include:

  • Events – assist in organizing and promoting the statewide I Love My Park Day, Canal Clean Sweep, and Park and Trail Advocacy Days.
  • Communications – assist with print and e-publications, website content and production, and other outreach.
  • Advocacy – assist with PTNY’s advocacy efforts for state parks funding, funding for bike and pedestrian projects, and other park- and trail-related issues.

Qualifications/Skills: Well organized, excellent oral and written communications skills, multi-tasker, strategic thinker, experience with Microsoft Office and web-based tools. Demonstrated interest/experience in environmental, conservation, parks, trails, and/or bicycle/pedestrian issues.

Hours: Part-time, approximately 20 hours/week. Hours are flexible in terms of days and times but must be within regular work week hours (M-F, 9-5).

Work Environment: Friendly and hard-working staff. Casual atmosphere.

Compensation: $10-$12 per hour, based on experience. May be used for college internship requirements.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and references (including a former employer or supervisor of volunteer work) by November 30, 2015 to with the subject line “ASI Internship.” Include proposed work schedule in cover letter.

Parks & Trails New York, 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207,, 518-434-1583

PTNY is the leading statewide organization working to promote, enhance and protect a network of parks, trails and greenways across the state. We work with lawmakers to advance policy issues, assist local communities realize their visions for trails, lead bike tours along the Erie Canalway Trail and through the Hudson Valley, and work with grassroots groups to build their capacity to steward parks and trails.

Arthur V. Savage (1926-2012) was a distinguished lawyer-conservationist, with a particular devotion to the preservation of open spaces and public parks in New York State. During the last half of the 20th century, Arthur co-founded or led a large number of nonprofit organizations that shape environmental laws, protect natural resources, and educate the public about conservation values. A 20-year member of the PTNY Board of Directors, Arthur received our George W. Perkins Award in 2003 for his outstanding parks and conservation leadership. To honor the life and legacy of one of New York State’s most influential environmentalists, PTNY is proud to offer the Arthur V. Savage Internship Program.

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Youth Forum for People and Wildlife

Applications are now open for the first-ever Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) will identify 20 young leaders in conservation and animal protection, aged 18 to 25, to debate issues, explore solutions, network with delegates from around the world, and build skills that will empower them to contribute to protecting wildlife and promote a better world for animals and people. Travel and participant costs will be fully funded.

The Youth Forum for People and Wildlife will be held immediately prior to the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Delegates will represent not only the CITES host country of South Africa, but also other key source, transit and consumer nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. An online Forum website will connect the global community with forum participants before, during and after the onsite event. To apply or learn more about the Youth Forum, go to

Key dates

  • The Youth Forum will take place in South Africa 17-25 September 2016, and will include an overnight field excursion and four days in Johannesburg.
  • The application deadline is 4 December 2015. Visit apply online, download the application and learn more.
  • Applicants will be chosen in January 2016 and announced publicly on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016.
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