Deadline 3/31: Research Internship with the Mountain Area Land Trust

The Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is seeking an intern to assist with research to inform the conservation of Rocky Mountain Ecosystems. Undergraduates and graduate students at any stage including graduating seniors are eligible to apply.

Location: Fairplay, Colorado
Hours: Seasonal – 40 hours per week (June 11th, 2018 – August 10th, 2018)

Primary Duties:

  • Conduct guided independent research as part of a research team on Pennsylvania Mountain, Colorado.
  • Assist in long term surveys of flowering time and pollinator abundances
  • Initiate and conduct a water quality monitoring program on Pennsylvania Creek
  • Lead tours of the research area with MALT for the public and receive mentoring in science outreach skills.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Learn about the ecology of the area.
  • Engage attendees and discuss summer research activity.
  • Create a weekly “Field Notes” article on active research and include photos for MALT Communications Director.
  • Contribute article on outreach experiences for MALT Newsletter.
  • Attend MALT fundraiser “A Night in the Park” on July, 14, 2018 and discuss research informally with guests.
  • Perform other additional duties as requested by the Executive Director or MALT staff.

Education, Technology Skills and Physical Abilities:

  • Applicants should be working toward or possess a Bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resource sciences, environmental education or related field.
  • The ideal applicant will have an interest in the conservation and biodiversity of alpine ecosystems and will be willing to work long days in the field at high altitude.
  • Applicants should be self-starters with outstanding skills in teamwork, communication, and organization.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Must be able to travel across rough mountainous terrain on foot and/or by operating 4-wheel drive or AWD vehicles.
  • First Aid and CPR certification required.

Other highly desirable traits include:

  • Flexible personality and positive attitude
  • Prior experience working outdoors
  • Knowledge of Colorado flora and fauna
  • Interest in and enthusiasm about environmental education
  • Sincere interest in the environment
  • Experience working with the public
  • Knowledge of basic ecological sampling/survey techniques and experimental design


  • $500 per week
  • Group housing
  • Academic course credit highly recommended.


  • Send a current CV and letter of interest describing your experience, career goals, and motivation for pursuing this opportunity to Dr. Candace Galen at
  • Have two letters of reference provided by faculty of employers familiar with your work ethic, aptitude for guided research, outreach/collaborative skills and career goals.

Applications will be considered on a running basis until the positions are filled. Suggested information for letter of interest:

  • Research or outreach experience preparing you to make the most of this internship.
  • Experiences teaching environmental education.
  • Experiences leading interpretive programs or speaking with groups of people.
  • Biggest challenges you anticipate with this position.
  • Why you would be a good fit for this position.


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