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SUMMER INTERNSHIP in Field Botany and Native Plant Gardening Posted Jan 28
Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program , Ghent, NY
The Farmscape Ecology Program is dedicated to exploring the human and natural dimensions of the landscape in and around Columbia County, NY through research and outreach. The Program is part of Hawthorne Valley Association, an educational non-profit, and is comprised of a wildlife ecologist, a botanist, a social scientist, a conservation biologist, and a research technician.

Our interdisciplinary research explores various dimensions of the historical, current, and potential future interactions of people with the land. An important part of our work is applied farmscape ecology, which involves documenting synergies between agricultural production and nature conservation, as well as creating, managing, and monitoring experimental on-farm habitats for beneficial wildlife.

For the 2020 season, we are looking for an intern dedicated mainly to the botanical aspects of our applied farmscape ecology work and to assist with the creation, maintenance, and monitoring of beneficial on-farm habitats.

Activities: The intern will be involved in the creation and maintenance of perennial native plant beds in a newly installed butterfly house; the maintenance and expansion of a native plant garden; the maintenance of on-farm habitats (pollinator beds, beetle banks, a hedgerow, native meadows) created to support pollinators and other beneficial insects; and the monitoring of vegetation composition and flower abundance in select areas across the season. The botany intern is also expected to assist with insect sampling and processing of insect specimens, as needed, and will be trained and become responsible for the weekly monitoring of the phenology trails at Hawthorne Valley Farm. He/she is expected to keep accurate records and to do some data entry into the computer.

Qualifications: We are looking for candidates with a strong interest in plants and gardening or agriculture, who really enjoys the outdoors. The ideal candidate has some experience with plant identification and gardening and is eager to hone his/her skills in these areas, but also is excited to learn about insects and their interactions with native plants and agriculture. Candidates should be comfortable living and working in a rural environment, be energetic, and thrive outdoors even when the going gets rough (think long hot days in a field without shade!). Given the work environment, it is important that candidates are sociable, able to interact with a diverse range of people of all ages and backgrounds, self-motivated and can work independently with attention to detail. Most importantly, we are looking for people who are eager to learn. We expect the candidates to have basic computer skills (word, excel) and some academic and/or work experience in field biology, field ecology, natural history, environmental science, sustainable farming/gardening, environmental education, or related fields.

General Conditions: The internship is based at Hawthorne Valley Farm, a 500-acre organic and biodynamic diversified farm located in the heart of Columbia County, NY. Interns will be expected to work at least five eight-hour days (40–45 hours) per week, and will occasionally be asked to work early, late, and on weekends.

Compensation: The successful applicant will be provided with communal housing (a small apartment with a shared kitchen and bathroom) in the Farmscape Ecology Program building and a stipend of $800/month.

Additional Information: Information about Hawthorne Valley Association is available at; for more on the Farmscape Ecology Program itself, see

Application Process: Please email us ( a CV including contact information for three references along with a cover letter explaining your interest in the entomology internship and highlighting your relevant experience. Suitable applicants will be interviewed by phone, and finalists will typically be required to visit us in-person (again, we are located in eastern NY State) before we make a final commitment. If you have questions, please contact Claudia Knab-Vispo at 518-672-7994 or via the email address provided above.

We will begin reviewing applications on Feb. 10, 2020, but continue to accept applications until the position is filled (after Feb. 10, please check on to see if the position is still available).