Tin Mountain strives to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment in which to learn about and explore the natural world. Our doors and our lands are open and available to everyone who wants to participate. Tin Mountain Conservation Center staff, board of trustees, and members are united in our passion for environmental conservation, education, and research as well as our mutual trust and respect for each other and the world in which we live.

Tin Mountain is currently hiring for 3 seasonal research internships:
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Avian Ecology Internship:

Tin Mountain is seeking one Avian Ecology Intern for the summer 2022 field season from early May through August, with the possibility of extension. The Avian Ecology Intern will contribute to Tin Mountain’s 10+ years of avian and forest ecology research.  Tin Mountain’s avian research program began in 2008 with surveys conducted to determine the long-term impact of sustainable forestry methods on avian communities. Since its inception, Tin Mountain has expanded its research program to include breeding season banding, a winter bird ecology component, and increased the number and scope of point count surveys done. Internship duties will include:  conducting weekly avian point count surveys on properties we steward and on other conserved private land in the area, assisting with songbird banding activities and MAPS station operation, re-sighting previously color-banded species, and collecting associated forest habitat data.

The intern will work with volunteers and staff to collect, organize, and analyze data and report results.

The avian ecology internship will begin in early-May and run through mid-to-late August. Extending the position to a full year is a possibility pending funding and satisfactory job performance.

Qualified applicants will have:

  • An interest in avian ecology and forest management
  • Experience identifying northern New England bird species by sight and sound
  • A familiarity with or willingness to learn proper mist-netting and banding techniques
  • Data collection, organization, and management skills
  • Ability to work well in groups as well as independently in the field
  • Ability to work in challenging field conditions including hot summer weather, insects, and early mornings
  • Ability to navigate and hike through rough forested terrain
  • A willingness to contribute to reports and pursue independent research projects
  • Experience with GPS and mapping software such as ArcMap preferred but not required

Interested applicants should email a resume with three references and cover letter, including dates of availability, to Katy Lewis: klewis@tinmountain.org.

Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

Compensation is $1,000/month. Shared housing is provided.

Interns must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccinations will be required.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all staff and interns.

 

Brook Trout Habitat Restoration Internships

Tin Mountain is seeking two Brook Trout Ecology and Stream Restoration Interns for our summer 2022 field season. One internship will run from June through mid-late August, while the second intern will be hired to stay from June through September.

Tin Mountain has been conducting stream restoration activities throughout the Mount Washington Valley since 2010. Interns will collect baseline information on study streams prior to treatment with large wood additions, as well as conduct post-treatment assessments on previously treated sites.

The Tin Mountain Brook Trout Ecology and Stream Restoration intern duties include: researching the influence of adding large woody material to first and second-order forested streams, collecting data pertaining to instream habitat measurements, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification, and electro-fishing. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with large wood additions in August and September, depending on availability and stream conditions. This project involves strenuous work as well as extensive data collection on physical and biological attributes of streams, water chemistry, and fish populations. The interns will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results.

Qualified applicants will have:

  • An interest in brook trout ecology and freshwater stream restoration 
  • Experience identifying northern New England benthic macroinvertebrate species preferred but not required
  • Ability to use a dichotomous key to identify benthic macroinvertebrate species
  • Data collection, organization, and management skills
  • Ability to work well in groups as well as independently in the field
  • Ability to work in challenging field conditions including hot summer weather, insects, and long days in the field
  • Ability to conduct strenuous, physical outdoor work
  • Ability to navigate and hike through rough forested terrain
  • A willingness to contribute to reports and pursue independent research projects
  • Experience with GPS and mapping software such as ArcMap preferred but not required

Interested applicants should email a resume with three references and cover letter to Katy Lewis: klewis@tinmountain.org. Please include whether you are applying to stay until mid-late August or through September in your application.

Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

The trout ecology internships will begin early June. One internship will complete in August, the other will conclude in late September.

Compensation is $1,000/month. Shared housing is provided.

Interns must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccinations will be required.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all staff and interns.

 

Intern Program

Interns are an integral part of the staff and participate in all aspects of the center’s operation and have an opportunity to work with all ages, and with a variety of groups, including schools and the general public. Interns are involved in general Nature Center operations including weekend festivals and events, curriculum and program development, and writing articles for the newsletter. Tin Mountain’s best interns have a strong desire to teach and share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world. A background in education or the natural sciences is helpful but not necessary.

Learn more about our ongoing projects on our Research & Studies page.