2016 Vince Schaefer Research Internship

Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, N.Y.

Organization: Mohonk Preserve

Type of opportunity: internship, seasonal


Interns will work with Preserve Conservation Science staff, world-class scientists, and land managers on:

  • forest, meadow, stream, and lake habitat use
  • long-term changes in natural history of the region
  • recreational impact assessment
  • detailed data collection & management
  • Be a part of an exciting research community working closely with researchers, educators and land management professionals.


Interns will develop an individualized research project, complete a written report, and present their findings in an oral presentation at the end of the summer.

Eligibility: Freshmen or sophomore college students from 2- or 4-year institutions with biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science, or related natural science majors. Ability to hike a minimum of 7 miles and provide personal gear for the day (rain gear, appropriate clothing, hiking boots). Driver’s license preferred. Those with little or no previous field or research experience are encouraged to apply. Interns who excel may be invited to return a second year

Start and end dates: June to mid-August (10 weeks)

Other support: Housing is available on an as needed and space available basis; Preserve membership for duration of the internship

Link to more information: Job Page

How to apply: Send resume; a cover letter which clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain as part of your career goals; your current transcript (unofficial is OK); and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Elizabeth Long, Director of Conservation Science, Mohonk Preserve; P.O. Box 715; New Paltz, NY 12561; OR send the application as a single pdf (minus the two letters of recommendation, which should be sent directly by the referrers) to elong@mohonkpreserve.org by the application deadline.

Application deadlineAll materials must be received by March 15, 2016. Only complete applications will be considered.