The Nature Conservancy Turtle Monitoring Intern

TITLE Turtle Monitoring Intern
JOB FAMILY Conservation
STATUS Unpaid, part-time
LOCATION Berkshire County, Great Barrington
DATES Flexible to Student Schedule
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact
around the world in more than 60 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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a
globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.
The Turtle Monitoring intern will conduct rare species and habitat monitoring at Conservancy
preserves in southern Berkshire county. The primary responsibilities will be assisting in monitoring
two populations of turtles, including use of radio-telemetry to track up to 20 turtles, markrecapture data collection and analysis, trapping, and habitat monitoring. Time permitting, they may
also assist with mapping and monitoring invasive plants, other rare species and vegetation
communities within our preserves. They will collect new data as well as update historic data. They
will be provided with a mobile mapping device (iPad mini) with ESRI mapping applications and will
be trained in its operation. Ideally, the intern will both collect data in the field and then perform
quality control and other tasks with the data in ArcGIS and Microsoft Excel. As time allows the
intern may also assist in routine preserve stewardship and ecological restoration tasks in western
Massachusetts. The intern will be supervised by stewardship staff in the Great Barrington office.
• Assist in monitoring two populations of federally threatened turtles
• Collect invasive plant and other resources data in TNC preserves in western Massachusetts
• Manage GIS data and field data, including data entry into Excel
• Stewardship and ecological tasks as agreed upon by student and supervisor
• Minimum commitment of 150 hours (1-2 days per week, June – Aug)
• Student will have a flexible work schedule
• Student will regularly communicate with stewardship staff on progress
• Supervisory support will be provided by the members of the Stewardship Team
• High school diploma and pursuing degree in related field
• Good written and oral communication and organizational skills
• Familiarity with common invasive plants
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision at times
• Comfortable working alone outside in remote locations
• Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software
• Relevant stewardship experience preferred
• Prior research project experience preferred
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best
advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an
inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national
or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently on a project from start to finish
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
Interested students should contact Angela Sirois-Pitel at [email protected]