Restoration Ecologist Internships
Sunday, March 08, 2015 12:15 PM

Number of positions: 3 internships
Location: The Center for Biodiversity at Joseph Pines Preserve, Sussex County, VA and Meadowview headquarters in Caroline County, VA
May 18 – July 31, 2015

Application Close Date: April 15, 2015

Please visit http://www.pitcherplant.org/About-Us/job-openings.html for full job description and job application

Compensation The internship comes with a monthly stipend of $250, free lodging at the Center or headquarters, and garden privileges from the intern vegetable garden.

Position Description & Requirements
The Restoration Ecologist Intern position is designed for a current biology student or a college graduate with a degree in the biological sciences. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.2.

The intent of the program is to train the individual in the five step process of Meadowview Biological Research Station including discovery, propagation, research, reintroduction, and education. The work for two interns will focus on Meadowview’s Center for Biodiversity and adjoining 232 acre Joseph Pines Preserve. The third intern will work at Meadowview headquarters, nursery, Central Virginia Preserve, and will participate in educational outreach with a local environmental non-profit (Downtown Greens in Fredericksburg, Virginia).

The intern must: be able to produce well written reports; be in excellent physical condition; lift 50 pounds; possess a valid driver’s license and have an insured motor vehicle; be familiar and proficient with scientific methods, techniques, and tools. A focus of intern activity in 2015 will be on research to test the hypothesis that “Healthy Pitcher Plants Mean Healthy Water”. Meadowview expects a well rounded individual who can work with the public and represent the organization in a professional manner.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Control hardwood competition in longleaf pine stands, map and census rare plant populations, assist with cordwood collection
  • Collect data from monitoring wells on a daily basis and replace plastic pipes with fire resistant metal pipes, prepare biotic checklists, and perform seed bank analysis.
  • Provide general oversight of the Center for Biodiversity and Joseph Pines Preserve.
  • Assist in research projects, grant writing, newsletter production, intern manual, and research publications.
  • Provide brochures to general public, answer their questions, and have visitors sign guestbook.
  • Maintain center and intern living quarters by mopping, vacuuming, and dusting on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain intern vegetable garden
  • Assist horticulturist in plant sales and orders
  • Groom plant collection and weed walkways
  • Maintain greenhouse facilities and collection
  • Maintain outside plant bed collection.

Meadowview Biological Research Station
8390 Fredericksburg Tnpk.
Woodford, VA 22580.
www.pitcherplant.or,
meadowview@pitcherplant.org
804-633-4336