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Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

2021 CLM internship opportunities are listed below.

To apply, please send the following application materials directly to Chris Woolridge at: cwoolridge@chicagobotanic.org

 - Cover letter, resume, contact information for three references

Openings:

Agency: US Forest Service - Monongahela National Forest

Location: Marlinton, WV

Start date range: 5/3 - 5/31

Description: The Monongahela National Forest includes over 920,000 acres of Federal lands in 10 West Virginia counties. Two interns will serve in support of the Monongahela National Forest's ecology and botany programs with an emphasis on management of non-native invasive species throughout the Rivers & Gorges Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area (RGCWPMA). The interns will assist with maintaining natural areas, removing nonnative invasive species, maintaining tools and equipment, keeping treatment records, writing reports and updating RGCWPMA members of progress. The interns may also assist with activities related to native plant materials development including seed collection, growing and after-care of native plants to be used in various restoration projects throughout the Monongahela National Forest including the conversion of mined land to native red spruce ecosystems.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
- Assist with nonnative invasive species control including identification, mapping, eradication, prevention and education.
- Assist with identifying, inventorying, and monitoring populations of nonnative invasive species.
- Assist with herbicide applications and mechanical treatments
- Operate and maintain tools and equipment
- Maintain accurate records and complete data entry in an information tracking system.
- Assist the development of the Rivers & Gorges Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area to form partnerships in controlling invasive species.
- Support and co-lead volunteer and education programs.
- Develop and perform outdoor presentations to engage a variety of audiences, including youth, while promoting conservation and habitat restoration

As time allows, the position will also support other programs including wildlife, hydrology and recreation. Other duties may include:
- Assist with identifying and collecting native plant materials in the field.
- Assist with processing and storing plant materials for propagation.
- Assist with propagation of native plants including sowing seeds, processing cuttings and transplanting seedlings.
- Perform routine plant maintenance including monitoring, watering, weeding, fertilizing, pruning and moving plants.
- Assist with native plant material monitoring.
- Assist with identifying and inventorying populations of sensitive, threatened and endangered species as well as nonnative invasive species
- Maintain accurate records and complete data entry in an information tracking system.
- Perform native landscape care.

 

 

The Chicago Botanic Garden stands firmly opposed to systemic and institutional racism. We passionately believe that Black lives matter. We recognize that people of color often feel unwelcome in public spaces, including gardens, forest preserves, and parks. The Chicago Botanic Garden acknowledges that we can do more to address this within our own organization. We recommit ourselves to live our mission and values as we strive to make the Chicago Botanic Garden a welcoming place for everyone.

The Conservation and Land Management (CLM) internship program places early-career scientists in five-month paid internships to assist professional biologists with land management and conservation projects. Since 2001, the CLM program has successfully placed over 1350 interns, providing them with a rich experience from which to launch their professional careers. 

 

CLM Internship Benefits 
CLM internships are paid internships! ​
 Explore your career goals and expand your resume 
Experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity in the beautiful western US
Make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations
Learn what it's like to work at a federal agency
Apply your education to important conservation projects

Most of our internships are located in the western US, where the majority of public land occurs. Federal partners include the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. D. A. Forest Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Non-profit partners include the the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank.​

Click here to read more about our internshi​ps!

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call 847-835-8264 to contact our Title IX Coordinator should you have questions or concerns.