Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I – Greenwood Lake) is encouraging all junior or senior college students, majoring in geology, planning, natural resource management, environmental studies or a related field, to apply for the 2010 Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship offered at Mohonk Preserve. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2010.
“Thom Scheuer served as head ranger at the preserve for over 20 years and this internship, in his legacy, provides students with the perfect opportunity to carry out his vision of environmental stewardship and land protection. This opportunity for college juniors and seniors could prove to be invaluable as they prepare to embark on their own careers after graduation,” said Assemblywoman Rabbitt.
Seniors and juniors majoring in Landscape Architecture, Library or Museum Science, or Data Management also are welcome to apply. The most eligible applicants should have some experience working with GIS and those awarded with internships will receive a $3,200 stipend as well as housing, if needed. The internship is 10 weeks long, from June to mid-August, will include the intern writing a detailed report summarizing their work, experiences gained, and tangible accomplishments, and offers interns the chance to assist land stewardship staff with:
- Basic ranger duties
- Promoting visitor safety and enjoyment
- Trail and road design, construction and repair
- Monitoring overuse and other impact on land
- Boundary line inspection and reporting
- Conservation easement monitoring
The Mohonk Preserve is one of America’s largest and most historic private, non-profit nature preserves, which has been protecting over 6,500 acres of the Northern Shawangunk Mountains, in Ulster County, New York, for the last 40 years. The preserve offers the public programs in land management, environmental education, and scientific research, including topics such as weather, bird, mammal and plant observation, acid rain and lake pH, and cultural and vegetation history. The preserve aims to protect the Shawangunk natural landscape and promote an understanding of the environment.
Students interested in applying for this summer’s internship should send their resume, cover letter that clearly states one’s reasons for pursuing this internship and what one hopes to gain from the experience as part of their career goals, a copy of their transcript, and two letters of recommendation to:
P.O. Box 715
New Paltz, New York 12561
Applications are due by March 15, 2010. To learn more, please visit the Mohonk Preserve Web site.