Schaefer Research Internship

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New Paltz, NY


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$14/hr; housing may be available

Published Date

Jan 13, 2021

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The Mohonk Preserve helps to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. The Preserve manages ~8,000 acres of the northern Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County, NY through four integrated programs – Conservation Science, Education, Land Stewardship, and Land Protection.


Dr. Vincent and Lois Schaefer established the Schaefer Internship “to introduce students to the fascination and almost infinite variety of the natural world by providing the setting, exposure to dedicated scientists, and opportunity to sample a wide variety of nature study.”


This internship is based out of the Conservation Science department, operating in the Daniel Smiley Research Center located near Mohonk Lake. Conservation Science staff carry out a broad program of ecological research projects including long-term studies on:

  • Climate
  • Natural history of plants and animals
  • Water quality and limnology
  • Phenology

The 2021 Schaefer Research Internship at the Daniel Smiley Research Center provides an opportunity to work with Preserve research staff, scientists, and land managers on:

  • Forest vegetation diversity
  • Vegetation impact from white-tailed deer browse
  • Long-term changes in natural history of the region
  • Recreational impact assessment
  • Detailed data collection & management

The selected intern will develop an individualized research project, complete a written report, and present their findings in an oral presentation at the end of the summer.


Application Process

Who may apply: Students currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior years of college (or equivalent credit hours) who are majoring in biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science, or related natural science majors. Must be able to provide personal gear for the day (rain gear, appropriate clothing, hiking boots). Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates. Interns who excel may be invited to return a second year if applicable.


How to apply: Applications accepted via e-mail only. Submit the following as a single pdf by email to Conservation Science staff at

1. A cover letter that clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain toward achieving your career goals

2.Your current resume

3.Your current transcript (unofficial is OK)


Include the applicant’s last name in the file name of your application. Please include “Schaefer Research Internship” in the subject line of your email.


In addition, arrange to have two letters of recommendation emailed to by the application deadline. Only on-time, complete applications, which includes reference letters, will be considered. No phone calls, please.


Duration: ~10 weeks (summer season; flexible)

Location: Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center

Compensation: $14.00/hour for a maximum of 350 hours; housing may be available; Preserve membership for duration of the internship

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021