The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is looking for two undergraduates (or graduated Dec, 2018 – May, 2019) for our summer internship research program, one student to do GIS work and another to summarize regional conservation plans.


  • Advancing Wildlands and Woodlands through Collaborative Conservation
  • May 27 to August 9, 2019
  • Located in Petersham, MA
  • 11-week residential program for undergraduates only
  • $5775 stipend plus travel, Full room & board and meal plan

Position 1: Conservation GIS Intern

This position will be focused on using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide insights on the region’s conservation history, recent landcover changes, population and potential future changes, and–working with experts–help identify areas most suitable for forests, farms, and responsible development. Applicants should be interested in land protection and have experience with, or have a strong motivation to learn, GIS and have good analytic skills.

Position 2: Regional Planning Intern

This position will focus on using planning documents from community to regional scales and social, demographic and economic data to summarize existing frameworks for action and to provide detailed characterization of the Connecticut River Valley’s economic, demographic, and cultural variation. The student will be involved in developing a coordinated regional plan in collaboration with mentors and NGO partners. Applicants should have experience or coursework in regional planning, and an interest in land protection, agriculture, and urban issues.

To apply: browse to the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology: ( and choose the project entitled “Advancing Wildlands and Woodlands through Collaborative Conservation” you can mention which of the two positions you would prefer in your essay. We cannot accept applications in any other manner;  if applications are not submitted through the website, they cannot be considered.

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Application Deadline: February 1, 2019