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The Herbert J. Esther M. Atkinson Conservation Internship The Lovejoy Conservation Internship, New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, MA, USA

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New England Wild Flower Society, the oldest native plant conservation organization in the United States, is a recognized leader in regional plant conservation. Two core initiatives--the New England Plant Conservation Program (NEPCoP) and the Plant Conservation Volunteer (PCV) program--engage professional and citizen volunteers in rare species monitoring, habitat management, invasive species monitoring and control, reintroduction and augmentation projects, and long-term conservation planning. These innovative and award-winning programs work closely with Natural Heritage offices and with conservation organizations in all six New England states.

The two internships offer a range of learning opportunities in field actions that are integral to these programs, from coordinating volunteers and entering data to conducting botanical surveys and undertaking management projects. As part of their internship, interns will have an education plan and be required to complete a project on a topic of their choice.


The Society offers two 25-week internships. The interns have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the Society's conservation programs while assisting staff in conducting training programs, retrieving data from the heritage programs, obtaining landowner permission for rare plant surveys, sending out volunteer assignments, and entering data. Additionally, the interns are involved in the planning and implementation of restoration and management activities, invasive species initiatives, general floristic surveys, and PCV field trips to botanically interesting locations throughout the region.


Candidates should have some familiarity with the flora of New England and ecological processes, excellent speaking and writing skills, good phone skills, a willingness to call landowners, and a sense of humor. Interns must respect and maintain the confidentiality of rare species locations. Some long days in difficult situations (hot, buggy, and wet) are required. Candidates must have a valid driving license to operate work vehicles.

New England Wild Flower Society is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


Internships:  2 full-time, 25-week positions Starting date: flexible, as early as March 20, but no later than April 10

Compensation:  a seasonal internship with a stipend of 0.00 a week, plus free housing provided by the Society (which is taxed as a benefit valued at 0/week)


Please contact Laney Widener, Botanical Coordinator, at (508) 877-7630 ext. 3204 or

To Apply

Submit cover letter, resume, and reference list by email to:

Laney Widener

Botanical Coordinator

New England Wild Flower Society


Application Deadline: 1 February 2019 for current year's Internships.


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