PRLC is pleased to announce two paid internships available in Summer 2017. We seek to provide a direct hands-on learning experience in nature preservation to two college students in the Environmental Studies or a similar field of study. Our interns participate in trail maintenance, habitat protection, and scientific research projects. They also act as tour guides to work sites, document and develop site plans, and present a summary of their work to the local community at season’s end.
This year, we offer internships in Preserve Stewardship and Environmental Restoration. The Preserve Stewardship Intern will range across our eight preserves with trails and will visit other sites protected for their conservation value. The Environmental Restoration Intern will help us to grow native plant stock in our home nursery at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center and to plant and maintain restoration areas at select PRLC preserves, including Halle Ravine, Carolin’s Grove, and Clark Preserves. We also welcome high school students who have the opportunity to volunteer as interns during the last month of their senior year. Please see our Internships page for more information and instructions on how to apply.
The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy invites nature lovers of all ages to attend our Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum on February 26, 6pm, at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center in Pound Ridge. Discover opportunities to help land managers and scientists using your phone, camera, laptop, or simple tools. Find an internship or volunteer position with the PRLC or one of our partners. Our guest speakers will inspire you to become involved and join with others to make a difference in the world.
This year, we feature Akiko Busch, author of The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science. Ms. Busch is a Hudson Valley resident who conveys a deep sense of place in her writing. She will read an excerpt from her book and discuss the crucial role that volunteers play in maintaining our ecosystems.
We will also hear from local scientists and project directors, including Shaun McCoshum and Carolyn Sears. Dr. McCoshum currently works for the Westchester Land Trust as the Preserve Manager and Educator. He has earned a PhD in Zoology and is an active citizen scientist and formal researcher who uses data from Citizen Science programs. Dr. Sears is a former educator and co-founder of The Invasives Project – Pound Ridge. She will describe plans for a community volunteer effort to use goats to manage Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant species.
Participation is free although prior registration is suggested. Please contact Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-205-3533 to register and to receive a digital copy of the Environmentalist’s Guide to Local Volunteer Resources and Citizen Science Projects.