Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Internship Positions

The Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the University of Delaware, offers two internship positions to Natural Resource Management and Wildlife Conservation students at UD.  The Stewardship Assistant internships are funded by The Nature Conservancy and will be administered through University of Delaware.

About us:  The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard.  Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.  Since its beginning in 1990, the Delaware Chapter has worked to protect over 30,000 acres in Delaware and owns and manages 5 Preserves totaling over 5,000 acres. Visit www.nature.org/delaware to learn more about the Delaware Chapter.

Stewardship Assistant Positions: Stewardship Assistant positions are short-term internships beginning June 03 and ending July 31.  Interns will work an average of 21 hours per week, over 3 consecutive days per week for a total of 189 internship hours.  Work will be focused on our Preserves and Easements. Interns will work out of The Nature Conservancy’s Milton office in conjunction with the chapter’s Land Steward who will be directing the internship. Interns will work together to complete field work and are required to have valid driver’s licenses to use The Nature Conservancy’s vehicle for field travel. Housing may be provided at The Nature Conservancy’s Edward H. McCabe Preserve. Details of housing will be further discussed with top candidates.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with preserve and easement monitoring and reporting which involves both field and office work.
  • Assist with habitat restoration projects. Work may include manual invasive species control, herbicide application or other work requiring physical exertion.
  • Assist with data collection including but not limited to seedling survivorship and fire effects.
  • Assist with basic preserve maintenance work including trail maintenance, fence and gate installation, property boundary posting, and kiosk display updates.
  • Some of the work for this internship will be independent and will require good writing and decision making skills.
  • Other projects may develop over the course of the internship.

Qualifications:

  • UD junior or senior year student currently enrolled as a Natural Resource Management or Wildlife Conservation major is preferred.
  • Ability to perform physical work, occasionally in adverse conditions in remote locations.
  • Strong writing skills and familiarity with all basic business software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Prior experience with power tools such as mowers, weed-eaters and chain saws is preferred.
  • Experience with or working knowledge of natural systems is preferred by not required.
  • Basic ArcGIS skills or experience is preferred but not required.

Auto Safety Policy: This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program.  Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.”  Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.  Acceptance into this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective internee’s motor vehicle record.

Scholarship Offered to New Jersey College Students

A $500 scholarship will be awarded this summer to a New Jersey student majoring in natural resource conservation, environmental science or a related field of study, announced the Firman E. Bear Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). The Edward R. Hall/Robert R. Hanna Scholarship is awarded annually to acknowledge NJ college students for their academic and personal accomplishments in the field of conservation and/or natural resources.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018 postmark

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must be:
• a full-time student in good standing at any New Jersey accredited university/college, or a New Jersey resident attending any accredited out-of-state university/college; and
• an undergraduate enrolled in a curriculum related to natural resources, including but not limited to: agriculture, agronomy, conservation, ecology, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, geography, journalism, plant science, soil science, and/or wildlife. Other areas related to conservation may also qualify; and
• have successfully completed at least two semesters of study.

TO APPLY: Go to www.njswcs.org to download application form, complete and postmark by April 30, 2018 and mail to:

Firman E. Bear Chapter, SWCS
C/O USDA-NRCS
220 Davidson Ave, 4th floor
Somerset, NJ 08873

The scholarship winner will be announced by June 15, 2018.

Firman E. Bear is the New Jersey Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Mission: The Soil and Water Conservation Society fosters the development and application of science- based policies and practices for managing soil, water, and related natural resources in order to achieve sustainability.