The Conservation Internship is for those interested in a "hands-on" experience in conservation and land management. This internship provides the perfect opportunity to build one's skills in sustainable land management, native species identification, and scientifically based data collection using geospatial and/or field research methods. Those interested in geographic information systems (GIS) techniques have the option to develop spatial modeling and map-making skills applicable to ongoing research projects and the needs of Westcave Preserve.
The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in several of the following research projects: endangered species habitat management, dragonfly migration monitoring, water quality testing, seasonal bird counts and surveys, and amphibian surveys. Routine duties of the internship will include assisting with general land management activities, trail maintenance, bird blind maintenance, and opening/closing the visitor center. Other duties will include non-native vegetation removal, conservation related research, and occasionally interacting with visitors at the visitor center or elsewhere on the preserve.
We encourage our interns to pursue their own passions in conservation as well, such as taking on a research project or implementing a program that would be sustainable and beneficial to the preserve.