2017 Summer Internship Opportunities
APCC is committed to training the environmental leaders of tomorrow. Our internship program is designed to provide interns with challenging environmental projects that yield meaningful results. All intern projects support our mission to protect and restore the natural environment of Cape Cod and to promote environmental stewardship.
Positions: APCC is seeking applicants for two summer internship positions, the Whitlock Internship and the Geist Internship. Interns are paid salaries but are not provided with benefits and will work under the supervision of APCC staff. Work will be performed at APCC’s new permanent home located at 482 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis, MA, but projects involving travel or field work will be conducted at other locations on Cape Cod.
Eligible applicants: Eligible applicants include undergraduate students, graduate students, those who are planning graduate-level education or have recently completed graduate-level studies, and secondary/elementary school science teachers. The Whitlock Internship is intended for students who plan to pursue, are enrolled in, or have recently completed graduate-level studies. All interns must be highly self-motivated, be able to work independently, stick to a tight schedule, be adaptable, and complete projects on time. Interns will be selected based on demonstrated skills, training and experience.
Examples of Projects: Interns will work on projects according to their skills, training, experience, interest and time available and APCC’s needs. Examples of projects that interns may work on include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:
- Climate change outreach and planning: conduct literature research, prepare outreach materials, assist with outreach events, coordinate groups and individuals, assist with translating science into policies and action, and other activities.
- Restoration and monitoring: assist APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center, e.g., update APCC’s inventory of restoration projects, conduct field monitoring of salt marshes, fish runs and other habitats, analyze monitoring data, conduct literature research, prepare reports and outreach materials, and other activities.
- Map natural communities and update the Cape Cod Critical Habitats Atlas to protect sensitive habitats: map natural plant communities in the field and using aerial photographs, create GIS maps, conduct literature research, and update APCC’s interactive online Cape Cod Critical Habitats Atlas.
- Prepare environmental outreach materials for a range of topics using different media (e.g., written, electronic, social media, Web-based, video, photography).
- Assist in developing policies for environmental protection by conducting literature research, preparing syntheses and writing white papers.
- Other projects to be determined.
APCC seeks individuals with some or all of the following skills, training and/or experience:
- Conservation and restoration science and policy.
- Environmental policy and protection.
- Environmental education, outreach or advocacy.
- Water resource protection.
- Familiarity with Cape Cod’s natural history based on work and/or study.
- Ability to identify native New England plants and ability to use taxonomic keys.
- Use of handheld GPS and Geographic Information System (GIS) to create maps and analyze environmental data and trends.
- Ability to conduct field work to collect and assess environmental data.
- Use of Excel and other software to organize and analyze data,
- Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, and experience in preparing clear written reports in MS Word and other commonly available software.
- Ability to analyze and translate complex technical issues into simple clear summaries and messages using written and/or graphical means.
- Coursework and/or experience as described below.
Relevant environmental coursework and/or experience includes: botany, climate change science, conservation science and policy, ecological restoration, ecology, curriculum-development, policy, education, environmental science, film-making, geology, GIS mapping, graphics and illustration, green infrastructure, landscape design using native plants, literature reviews, natural resources management, science communication, statistics, stormwater management, water and watershed protection, Web design.
Examples of past intern projects: designing community visioning exercises to promote smart growth, developing a Cape-wide inventory of restoration projects, mapping natural communities and shoreline change, developing a web-based interactive Critical Habitats Atlas, surveying municipal stormwater management needs, monitoring salt marsh restoration sites, developing education materials, and identifying salt marsh restoration priorities that will enable salt marsh migration to occur as sea level rises.
Equal Opportunity Employer: APCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or any other protected class.
Fieldwork: Applicants who are interested in conducting field projects should be able to physically traverse rough terrain. APCC will make reasonable accommodation for otherwise qualified students who have a physical handicap.
Transportation: Work will often entail travel across Cape Cod. Applicants must provide their own means of transportation but will be reimbursed for mileage at standard rates.
Housing: Housing is not included in any APCC internship program. APCC will assist interns in locating housing, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the intern. Cape Cod is a tourist destination and housing can be expensive.
Applying: For more information or to submit an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the header “APCC Intern application.” With your email, attach your resume and a cover letter summarizing your experience and describing the project(s) you are interested in. Applications received by Friday March 31 will be given preference. If you have questions please contact APCC’s Executive Director at (508) 619-3185 or Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto, Director of Science Programs at (508) 619-3185.