Position Announcement

Mohonk Preserve, New York State’s largest member & visitor supported nature preserve, is seeking to fill the temporary position of:

Climate & Forestry Intern

Photo by Gerald Berliner

About the Position:

The Climate and Forestry Intern will assist with the development of a climate-adapted eastern hemlock forest management plan for ~1,000 acres of forest at the Mohonk Preserve. From January to May 2023 (approximately 10 hrs./week; may be completed remotely), the intern will assist with the spatial analysis of forest inventory and other relevant datasets (e.g., sensitive species presence, high use recreation areas, etc.) and drafting a management plan.

The intern will also assist with drafting grant proposals for prescribed management activities.

Between May and August 2023, the intern will assist with collecting and analyzing pre-treatment stand data (approximately 35 hours/week; onsite). The position is supervised by the Applied Forest Ecologist and also requires working closely with other Conservation Programs and Mohonk Preserve staff.

This hourly, grant-funded position runs from approximately January – August 2023.


Temporary; grant-funded; Non-exempt


    • $20/hour
    • Mohonk Preserve membership for the duration of the position

Essential Functions:

    • Assist with analysis of eastern hemlock forest inventory data using statistical and GIS software
    • Assist with creation of an eastern hemlock forest management plan, including stand prescriptions for ~1,000 acres of eastern hemlock-northern hardwood forest and hemlock-hardwood swamp
    • Assist with the preparation of grant proposals for the implementation of management activities
    • Establish pre-treatment monitoring plots in eastern hemlock stands
    • Record, manage, and enter other scientific data relative to eastern hemlock forests

Desired Skills and Experience:

At Mohonk Preserve, our priority is finding the best candidate for the job. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all the qualifications or have a less traditional background.

      • Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
      • Experience in writing forest management plans and/or harvest plans
      • Working knowledge of GIS including familiarity with ESRI and ArcGIS products
      • Strong data analysis skills including organization and statistics
      • Familiarity with using forestry equipment including but not limited to wedge prisms, DBH tape, densitometer, compass, clinometer, and quadrats
      • Excellent communications abilities including written, oral and presentation skills
      • Proficient computer skills – Microsoft Office 365 applications, remote work platforms (e.g., Teams, Zoom
      • Have a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to ensure that all people are respected and welcomed at Mohonk Preserve. This includes participating in ongoing education and other work the organization undertakes to develop and incorporate these principles
  • Bonus skills:
      • Survey 123 form design
      • Experience with orthoimagery analysis
      • Familiarity with Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) or other vegetation model simulator
      • Strong knowledge of regional flora and fauna
      • Knowledge base of the natural and cultural history of the region
      • Bilingual background (Spanish/English)


Mohonk Preserve’s main offices are located at our Visitor Center in Gardiner, NY. Mohonk Preserve’s Conservation Programs department works primarily out of the Daniel Smiley Research Center in New Paltz, NY (on the property of Mohonk Mountain House). Mohonk Preserve offers hybrid work schedules at this time – coordinated with their supervisor and depending on the job, staff may be able to split time working remotely, as well as in the office and in-person on the land. Generally standard working hours, with some flexibility, to be coordinated with supervisor.

COVID-19 Considerations:

The health and safety of our employees and their families is of the utmost importance. Mohonk Preserve requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask per CDC guidelines CDC Mask Guidance. Regular testing may be required for the unvaccinated. All employees are expected to adhere to required Mohonk Preserve COVID-19 protocols.

Mohonk Preserve is a smoke-free campus.

Physical Demands:

        • Ability to hike up to ten miles in a rugged outdoor environment carrying field equipment in all weather conditions
        • Frequently works outdoors
        • May require standing, walking, hiking, climbing, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
        • Uses a computer keyboard, reads, writes

How to Apply:

Applications accepted via e-mail only. Please submit in PDF format:

Cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three professional references by November 14, 2022 to: employment@mohonkpreserve.org

Include in subject line “Climate & Forestry Intern”

The anticipated start date of this position is January 2, 2023

No phone calls please

Additional Information:

More information about Mohonk Preserve can be found at https://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.