There are currently no open positions at Mohonk Preserve. Please check below for internship opportunities.
Loewy-Mohonk Preserve Liaison Fellowship
In 2005, the Loewy Family Foundation began to provide a generous annual grant to establish the Preserve's paid, professional-level research fellowships. Michael Tessler, Ph.D. student, Fordham University/American Museum of Natural History, was selected as the Fellow in 2013. He worked on a study entitled “Bryophytes of the Northern Shawangunks: floristics and realized niches.” This study addresses four sets of questions and objectives:
- What is the composition of bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) in the Northern Shawangunks (mainly Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park)? Is there high species richness and diversity among bryophytes? This study would aim to complete a bryophyte checklist, including liverworts and hornworts (if present). This baseline information will help in understanding change in ecological communities.
- Which environmental variables correlate with the distributions and realized niches of bryophytes in the Northern Shawangunks? Which environmental variables correlate with areas of high species richness or diversity within this area? This study will aim to test these questions using multivariate analyses.
- How does climbing related recreation at the Mohonk Preserve impact the bryophyte flora? This study will test the hypothesis that cliffs with high amounts of climbing activity have decreased species richness and abundance.
- Are certain areas of the Mohonk Preserve particularly diverse in bryophytes? If so, are they currently managed areas or should they be managed? Management plans will be created for any such sites.
We welcome graduate students to apply to become Sussman interns at the Preserve. Students at SUNY ESF and other participating schools may apply through their school for support from the Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation. Learn more about the Sussman Internships.
Every summer, the Mohonk Preserve offers paid internships for students. The internships run for 10 weeks (June to mid-August). The application deadline is March 15th.
The Thom Scheuer Land Management Internship is open to college juniors and seniors. The intern will help with design of trailhead structures; assist in maintaining the Preserve's boundaries; and support visitor safety and enjoyment.
The Schaefer Research Internship is open to college freshman and sophomores. Research interns work at the Preserve's Daniel Smiley Research Center to conduct field studies and collect natural science data utilizing GIS/GPS technology, and develop and carry out a research projects of their own in conjunction with Preserve staff.