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Jobs and Internships for Summer 2012

These internships have been sent to faculty members from listserves and other sources and provide a good introduction to potential jobs. For other sources look at the Jobs, Internships and Opportunities page.

Environmental Education Job

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) seeks an energetic people-person to pro- vide program and administrative support for ESLC’s exciting new environmental education program as Education Programs Manager. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in environmental education, demonstrated abilities in administra- tion/program support, excellent and versatile computer skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Further desired is a self-motivated individual with strong organization, effective time management skills, and attention to detail, who thrives in a team-based, collaborative environment. Job responsibilities will include assisting with education programs, database man- agement, general program administration, coordinating and scheduling meetings, as well as handling phones and greeting office visitors. Based in historic Knock’s Folly near Kennedyville, Maryland. Salary $10 / hour for 40 hours / week with op- portunities for advancement based on success of programs. This is a great opportunity to join an emerging outdoor education center with strong leadership, stable funding, and tremendous potential to make a difference on Mary- land’s Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is a leading regional land trust responsible for preserving more than 50,000 acres. To apply, send resume, cover letter, and sal- ary requirements to: Nina White, ESLC, PO Box 169, Queenstown, MD 21658, or For more information about our work, please visit:

Off the Grid Homestead Internship

General Description: Full Fat Farm is a 26 acre, off-grid, integrated systems homstead working toward sustainability and food and energy self-sufficiency. We are not a commercial farm operation, rather we offer internships and apprentices the opportunity to learn first hand what it means to be an off the grid family homestead: growing food, raising animals, using solar and wood energy, improving the soil and forests, becoming less dependent on resource-depleting technologies, etc. We have a cow, goats, chickens, ducks, a dog and cat, 5 acres of pasture and 1/4 acre in vegetable production, 20+ acres of forest, ponds, creeks, spring water; a rustic, passive solar (stackwall, cordwood or Rob Roy style) house, solar power and unspoiled views of the surrounding New York State Forest. We are located 35 minutes from Ithaca, New York (home of Cornell University and Ithaca College) in the Finger Lakes. Internship Starts: Internship—April approx , Apprenticeship-- March 2012 Internship Ends: Internship--Sept 2012 , Apprenticeship-- November 2012 Number of Interns: 3 App Deadline: Ongoing Minimum Length of Stay: Interns: 3 months Apprentices: 9 months Meals: Internship: We provide all meals and snacks. Mostly Weston Price Foundation/Nourishing Traditions type diet using products from our farm, plus organic bulk staples. Apprentices: Could be same as above or other arrangement negotiated. Skills Desired: Enthusiasm for learning all aspects of an integrated homestead and a desire to use the experience and skills gained during internship sometime in the future. Curiosity, strong work ethic, self-responsibility and commitment to ideals are more important to us than practical skills per se. Commitment, clear communication, independence and openness to new ideas/ways of living are essential. Must be fit, interested in health and enjoy hard work and recreation in a peaceful, natural setting. Educational Opportunities: "Integrated" means that we integrate (as well as learn and teach) principles from several styles of agriculture: permaculture, biodynamics, biological farming, as well as typical organic methods. It also means that we strive to have interdependent systems that feed and support each other, minimizing purchased inputs. In addition to the above outlined tasks, interns and apprentices gain experience in every other aspect of what we do: creating balanced, mineralized soils, land management, food preservation, rotational grazing, row-cropping, composting, vehicle maintenance, animal care, care of fruit trees, butchering, cooking etc. Stipend: Stipend possible; amount varies with length of commitment Housing: Interns: Live in our home Apprentices: Live in our home or provide own housing, or live in a trailer, yurt, small cottage still to be erected. Preferred method Of Contact: email Internship Details: Internship: Work 8 hours, five days per week (very flexible hours). Typical tasks: milk cow and goats and do barn chores, help with kidding/calving, move electronet fences and livestock daily to new pasture, make compost, start seeds, plant out seedlings, cultivate etc., save seeds, preserve food ( make yogurt, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles, canned and frozen vegetables and soups etc.), prepare new cropland, etc. Apprenticeships: We are seeking an individual or couple (same sex OK; w/small children OK) to share our land and labors, preferably those who would like someday to have an off-grid homestead and need practical experience. Appentices would live in our home or we would provide rudimentary housing (trailer, yurt, small cottage or? to be decided). Other than living on our land and participating in the above, most aspects of Apprenticeship are open to negotiation, such as number of hours worked, compensation and food provided, off-farm employment possibilities, etc.

Summer field assistant position: Stand dynamics and carbon budgets in old-growth Central Hardwood Region forests

Job Description:
We are two graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), looking to hire one field technician to assist with summer data collection for PhD and MS research projects addressing carbon budgets and stand dynamics in old-growth Central Hardwood Region forests. Study sites are located in Iowa and Missouri so you must be willing to travel for extended periods of time throughout the summer (9 consecutive days likely). The pay rate is $9/hour.

Experience identifying vegetation of the Central Hardwood Region and collecting measurements using forestry tools including diameter tape,compass, GPS, clinometer, and laser range finder, is a plus. Candidates with interest in ecology and carbon sequestration are especially encouraged to apply.

Looking for someone to work full-time from approximately May 7, 2012 through August 17, 2012, though these dates may be flexible. Must be willing to travel for extended periods of time throughout the summer. Need to be willing and able to work long days outside, with a small crew of people, under a variety of conditions including heat, rain, and insects. Must be
able to carry heavy loads (e.g. field gear, samples) over long distances. Must possess a valid driver’s license.

To apply:
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and dates of availability, resume or CV, and contact information for three references to Brad Graham ( and Christy Lowney ( by April 06, 2012.

If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact either of us via e-mail.

Botany Field Technician

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Botany Field Technician to work cooperatively as part of a larger team of Technicians working on botany, avian biology and restoration initiatives. The Technician will work on a number of projects, including a variety of
rare plant and butterfly host plant inventories.  Other projects will include implementation of long-term monitoring for rare plant species and previously implemented restoration projects; migratory and nesting bird point count surveys and nest searches; owl call playback surveys; identification and collection of native plant seeds for restoration projects; and small scale riparian and arid land restoration projects. Collectively, the team is responsible for data collection, entry and
analysis; report writing; project planning and mapping; and other tasks assigned by SMNRA resource biologists.  Opportunities to collaborate with other GBI crews at the SMNRA (e.g. archaeology, education) and participate
in training (e.g. GIS) are available.

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Stacy Mitchell, GBI HR Assistant, at Please include where you found this position posted.

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