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Natural Areas


The Natural Areas Internship will focus on learning the tools and techniques
utilized by stewards of land conservation, learning a broad range of horticultural
skills and natural areas management skills through hands-on training and
involvement in the daily operations of Mundy Wildflower Garden, and using
methods of assessing the condition of and changes in vegetation in natural areas.

Printable Job Description.


Tasks include:

  • plant identification
  •  invasive species control
  • use of GIS & GPS
  • trail maintenance
  • site monitoring
  • vegetation sampling
  • rare plant monitoring and protection
  • preparing areas for and planting native and naturalized species
  • seed collecting and seed handling protocols
  • plant propagation
  • working with volunteers


  • Ability to commit to the entire internship period,
  • Must be a currently enrolled or accepted Cornell University student
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for learning about plants,
  • Solid work ethic with experience in agricultural or outdoor labor,
  • Ability to alternate between independent and group work,
  • Ability and willingness to do repetitive tasks,
  • Desire and ability to work outdoors,
  • Learn to follow proper safety protocol,
  • Ability to move 50 pounds,
  • Participate in group intern activities as scheduled, and
  • A valid driver’s license and 2-3 years driving experience preferred though not mandatory

This is a full-time, 12 week internship. Must be able to work Saturday of Reunion Weekend. Typical work hours are Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.