The Trustees

Botanical Intern

Location: Sheffield, Massachusetts


Position Summary:


The botanical intern works closely with the Regional Ecologist and the Bartholomew’s Cobble Stewardship/Ecology Seasonal on implementation of projects to protect the ecological resources of The Trustees properties within the Southern Berkshires. He/she will assist in the control of invasive plants, conduct surveys for early detection invasive species, collect data on invasive species abundance, and monitor rare plants.


The Botanical Intern will be based at Bartholomew’s Cobble where the majority of the work will be done, though he/she will assist with other projects on properties within the western region.




  • Assist the Stewardship/Ecology Seasonal with control invasive plant species within priority ecological landscapes using mechanical means


  • Survey previously established invasive plant monitoring plots to assess the success of our invasive species control projects.


  • Survey tree species within the floodplain forest restoration project area to track growth and survival of individual trees.


  • Establish and collect baseline data on deer browse using the Ten tallest method.


  • Assist regional ecologist to monitor populations of state-listed species and identify management needs to protect the populations.


  • Compile data collected into appropriate files, and summarize the information in final reports.


June – August (12 weeks): 40 hrs/week = 480 hours



  • Coursework in botany, ecology, environmental science, or related field
  • Strongly motivated towards a career in botany, ecology and/or ecological management
  • Good physical fitness and outdoor experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong natural history knowledge and willingness to learn more
  • Must have own transportation.


For more information or to apply contact: Dr. Julie Richburg, Regional Ecologist. [email protected]