Prairie restoration and science and seed farm internships/deadline to submit these materials is March 31st

The Center for Natural Lands Management is seeking 6-8 interns to help with monitoring, restoration and seed farm work this spring and summer. Positions are 20-40 hours per week and can be arranged for college credit. Position descriptions are described below. If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to eacker. The cover letter should include the position you’re interested in, why you want the job and what you’d like to get out of your experience working in the South Puget Sound Prairies. The deadline to submit these materials is March 31st.

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Prairie Restoration Intern

The CNLM Prairie Restoration Intern will be based out of the Olympia, WA office and will assist with seasonal on-the-ground restoration actions across hundreds of acres at several public and private South Sound prairie sites and plant propagation at the native plant nursery. Restoration tasks will include control of invasive species, prescribed fire application, native planting and seeding, and monitoring of key animal and plant species. The nursery activities will include native seed processing, seed bed maintenance, and plug sowing.

The Restoration Intern can expect to participate in the following activities:

· Chemical and mechanical control of invasive species

· Plant native prairie species across sites

· Monitor amphibian populations throughout regional wetlands

· Collect seed and propagate native prairie plant species

· Any additional restoration work as needed

This position can be physically demanding, but will provide many opportunities to learn about ecological restoration. Long field days can be expected, so a positive attitude and the ability to work independently are required.

This is an unpaid position, but is eligible for college credit. Hours are 20-40 per week, and start and end dates are negotiable.

Please contact Erin Acker, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, (eacker 360.878.1668) if you are interested or have any questions. You will need to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. Applications are due by March 30th.

Prairie Science Intern

The CNLM Prairie Science Intern will provide essential support to our many ongoing experiments targeting effective restoration techniques for western Washington prairies and oak woodlands. The intern will spend 75% of his/her time conducting vegetation monitoring on restoration research projects; the remaining 25% will be spent assisting staff with on-the-ground restoration practices, including propagating and planting native species, collecting native seed and working on prescribed fire crews. This intern can participate in a wide range of studies involving native seeding techniques, herbicide effectiveness, mycorrhizal inoculation and prescribed fire severity and effects.

This position entails a high-level of responsibility and interpersonal skills, sound work ethic, and positive attitude during long field days. Development of positive and effective relationships with volunteers and partners is critical. The Intern must also be able to work independently, completing substantial tasks without direct supervision or through the supervision of conservation partners, including state agency personnel, such as the WA Dept. of Natural Resources or WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. The South Sound Prairie Program is science-based and the Intern will be required to document and appropriately file all data pertinent to the operations on a regular basis.

We need 4-6 part-time to full-time (3-5 days/week) interns from April 15-Sept 15. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. These are unpaid positions but they can be set up as for-credit internships, if necessary.

Please contact Erin Acker (eacker, 360.878.1668) if you are interested or have any questions. You will need to submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references. Applications are due by March 30th.

Seed Farm Intern

The CNLM Seed Farm Intern will assist CNLM at our nursery and seed farm and provide essential support to our many ongoing restoration needs, focusing on the production of plant materials for restoration of western Washington prairies and oak woodlands. The internship will focus on multiple aspects of plant production, from seed collection and processing to farm maintenance. Duties will include cleaning seeds, harvesting seeds, tractor work, weeding and general farm maintenance, along with any restoration work as the season dictates. Restoration work can include control of invasive species, prescribed fire application, native planting and seeding, and monitoring of key animal and plant species.

This position can be physically demanding, but will offer many opportunities to learn about work on a functioning, professional farm and nursery. Long field days can be expected, so a positive attitude and the ability to work independently are required.

This is an unpaid position, but is eligible for college credit.

We need three interns for spring, summer, and fall quarters. Hours are 20-40 per week and start dates are negotiable.

Please contact Erin Acker, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, (eacker, 360-878-1668) if you are interested or have any questions. You will need to submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references. Applications are due by March 30th.

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