Restoration Ecology Field Internship Position
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 07:39 AM

The Wilds' mission is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience.

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world. Internship positions are available through the Restoration Ecology Program at during the Spring and Summer semesters.

Below is a summary of the position:
Interns gain valuable hands-on experience, participate in land management projects and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest and grassland habitats.

  • Schedule: M-F, 9:00-5:00 Mid-June through Mid-August (flexible upon arrangement).
  • Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team.
  • Typical tasks: habitat management, control of invasive plants (hand pulling, mechanical and assisting with herbicide applications), vegetation monitoring and research plot maintenance.
  •  Skills training: vegetation identification, research methodology, GPS / GIS applications, biological monitoring and application of practical field methods.


As a Wilds intern, you will be provided with office space, use of a full laboratory, and computer stations. Sitting within the Evan S. Blumer Conservation Science Training Center Field Station (CSTC) complex is four cabins, one of which is ADA-accessible. These cabins can provide housing for visiting interns and are located in close proximity to the offices and classrooms.

The fee for the 10-week internship is $1,700.00 per intern and includes: • Lodging in our on-site cabins • On-site parking • Full access to our research center • Use of radios and CSTC gated entry • Pre-internship orientation • Mentoring in an independent research project.

  • The position is physically demanding at times, requiring outdoor work in hot, buggy and sometimes challenging conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.
  • interns do not receive monetary compensation; however the position is ideal for those interested in a career in conservation, natural resource management, land stewardship or ecological studies. Opportunities for school credit are available.

To apply, send your resume with references and a cover letter to the contact below. Please outline your interest in the position, what you would hope to gain from it and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All internships at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.


Please send application materials to:
Shana Byrd
Restoration Ecology Program Director
The Wilds
14000 International Road
Cumberland, OH 43732
sbyrd@thewilds.org


740-638-5030 ext. 2084
www.thewilds.org