One position designed to provide experience in natural areas land management including planning, assessment, stewardship and site restoration.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with natural areas staff to care for plants in natural areas:
- Learn to identify native and non-native woody and herbaceous plant species
- Manage invasive species competing with native vegetation; weed, cut, use herbicides under the direction of a Certified Pesticide Applicator, and remove seeds or other propagules
- Increase populations of native plants; set up exclosures to protect plants from herbivory, prepare areas for planting and plant native species, and collect seeds and propagate plants
- Maintain and develop trails and boardwalks to prevent damage to habitats
- Monitor and clean-up sites
- Help develop management plans for selected natural areas
- Help to monitor populations of rare plant or animal species
- Identify needs for long-term protection and assess threats
- Use GPS and GIS to locate rare plants and trails or other landscape features and update maps
- Update plant and animal databases
Develop a special project
- Work with natural areas staff to develop a management plan for a campus natural area.
- Identify needs for immediate and long-term site protection and assess threats to our conservation efforts.
- Begin implementation of your management plan, and when appropriate, organize and supervise group projects to do so.
- Document your management plan.
Management plans may include:
- Invasive species control
- Identify invasive species and their effects on other vegetation
- Investigate invasive species control methods and plan treatments
- Use GPS and GIS to monitor invasive plant populations and effects of treatments
- Set up exclosures to protect plants from herbivory
- Reintroduction of native plants
- Collect seeds to propagate plants for restoration projects
- Prepare areas for planting and plant native species
- Use GPS and GIS to locate rare plants.
- Inventory or monitor plant or animal species
- Ability to commit to the entire internship period,
- Must be a currently enrolled or accepted Cornell University student
- Experience with plant identification is very helpful
- Willingness to work outdoors under field conditions
- Ability and willingness to do repetitive tasks
- Ability to work alone and be self-directed, as necessary, in remote settings
- Participation in group student activities and field trips, as scheduled
- Ability to alternate between independent and group work
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds
- Learn to follow proper safety protocol
- A valid drivers license and 2-3 years driving experience preferred though not mandatory
This is a full-time, summer-long internship. Typical work hours are 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Internships include “Learning Mondays,” group work days, and are required to capture their summer experience to share on the last day.