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Rice Fellowship

Posted 2014-01-31
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Berkshire Natural Resources Council
20 Bank Row
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Job Type:
Internship (Full-Time)

Job Description


Berkshire Natural Resources Council, a private, non-profit land trust based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is offering its 2014 Rice Fellowship to individuals exploring a career in environmental fields.

The internship dates are May 15 to September 1, with flexibility on both ends.

The 40-hour/week fellowship provides a stipend and lodging in a rustic cabin on Onota Lake in Pittsfield. There is a mix of approximately 70/30 field/office work. Fellows will gain valuable experience in resource management at a successful environmental organization while performing meaningful work in the Berkshires. BNRC is a small organization (staff of five) unburdened by administrative formality. Rice Fellows enjoy an unusual level of independence compared with many internships; a large amount of self-motivation is required.

Primary responsibilities
1. Fee land management
2. Public outreach
3. Trail maintenance
4. Conservation restriction stewardship

Specific duties
1. Easement monitoring
2. Establishing baseline documents
3. Invasive-plant control
4. Trail maintenance and construction
5. Assistance with public outreach events (e.g., leading hikes and coordinating events)
6. Other land management tasks as required

1. Solid writing and communication skills;
2. Ability to work unsupervised and comfort with being alone in the woods;
3. Personal transportation
4. Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions

Fellows will gain:
1. Field skills in GPS and map-and-compass navigation
2. Leadership skills
3. Trail building skills
4. Knowledge of global positioning systems (GPS)
5. Orienteering and boundary maintenance skills
6. Understanding of ecological restoration theory and practice
7. Basic understanding of land management techniques and challenges for land conservation
8. Topical experience with Arc 9.3 GIS (mapping)

Applicants should email cover letter, r'sum', and contact information for three references by February 19th 2014. Please be in touch by e-mail with questions and send application to:

Michael Leavitt
Berkshire Natural Resources Council
20 Bank Row
Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-0596

Hours: Full-Time
Type: Internship


Michael Leavitt
(413) 499-0596

Company Description

Berkshire Natural Resources Council is a small, regional land trust working throughout the Berkshires to protect and conserve land.

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