Posting Date: October 24, 2017
Title: Field Study Site Intern/Conservation Associate
Supervisor: Field Study Site Coordinator
Willistown Conservation Trust (WCT) is a non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving and managing the open land, rural character, scenic, recreational, historic, agricultural, and natural resources of the Willistown area and nearby communities and to sharing these unique resources with people of all ages and backgrounds to inspire, educate and develop a lifelong commitment to the land and the natural world. WCT promotes, through our land protection, habitat restoration, bird conservation, and agroecology programs, practices that enhance biodiversity and are critical to a healthy watershed. Using the rich natural resources within our program area WCT has developed a robust field study program, collaborating with major research institutions to conduct research in the areas of ornithology, agroecology, land stewardship and biodiversity – in order to foster a deeper understanding of the natural world we are committed to protect.
A recent grant from the William Penn Foundation (WPF) enables WCT to formalize our program area as a Field Study Site for research and education and establishes a two-year pilot program to increase our capacity to implement watershed protection projects and promote awareness of water quality issues throughout our program area and beyond.
WCT seeks a Field Study Site Intern/Conservation Associate who will be tasked with assisting the Field Study Site Coordinator in implementing the WPF grant, by participating in research and education in our Field Study Site and working to further WCT’s watershed protection initiatives. Pursuant to the terms of the WPF grant, at least 50% of the activities of the Intern/Conservation Associate will be focused on watershed-related research, education, and/or outreach projects, allowing for cross-disciplinary work in our other program areas should such opportunities arise in the course of the work.
- Intern/Conservation Associate will assist Field Study Site Coordinator in identifying specific watershed related initiatives to pursue, guided by a stream reach assessment to be conducted by the Academy of Natural Sciences/Drexel University (ANS/Drexel). Using methodology developed in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), ANS/Drexel will analyze streams in the area, assess baseline water quality, recommend locations for on-going water quality monitoring, and assist WCT in identifying watershed related research and remediation scenarios. Intern/Conservation Associate will assist in data collection and field work related to watershed protection, as well as incorporating watershed protection work into WCT’s education and outreach programming.
- Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences or related field, or demonstrated coursework in pursuit of an equivalent degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Excellent communication (oral & written) and interpersonal skills, as well as ability to collaborate effectively with project partners;
- Personal passion and commitment to protecting the environment and furthering our understanding of the natural world and watersheds;
- Facility in working in a varied environment, with some work in an office and some work in the field, and/or experience in water quality monitoring and data collection.
- Computer competency including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Salary: Salary will be in accordance with the terms of the two-year WPF grant and dependent on duration of internship. Example: $3,000 for twelve week internship.
Service Dates: Internship to commence in 2017.
Equal opportunity employer. Smoke-free and dog-friendly office.
Send resume and cover letter to:
Jeanne B. Van Alen
Willistown Conservation Trust
925 Providence Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073