EwA Internship » Biodiversity Citizen Science

EwA is looking for community-minded and eco-driven interns to help our organization advance climate & wildlife conservation citizen sciences in our communities.

EwA’s mission is to empower individuals, communities and organizations to interact responsibly and ethically with the natural world. Whether as an enthusiast, tourist, or scientific inquirer, EwA helps to prepare each of us to adopt responsible nature ethics and to minimize ecological disruptions to the habitats surrounding and sustaining us. We engage communities through citizen science and teach an approach that involves each individual in concrete conservation efforts taking place around the world. We strive to build a network of environmental leaders who will be prepared to take impactful strategies and skills into their industries.

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The internship is ideal for emerging conservation leaders, graduate students, and A+ undergraduate seniors preferably studying ecology, and/or conservation biology.

It’s a great opportunity to contribute to developing and implementing citizen science programs and assist us in our citizen science events. Our goal is to have the candidate become an accomplished citizen scientist who is also comfortable in leading events, speaking in public seminars with us. Our interns gain deep ecology science knowledge, and invaluable leadership and communication skills. They experience all levels of nonprofit management and gain exposure to local and international organizations and experts in our domain of expertise.

Our EwA internships are very special. They are mentorships. We train our interns to work and live with real-world problems. That is, we train explicitly for leadership skills, open science methodology, critical thinking, and systems thinking. We dedicate invaluable time and resources to those internships. Motivation, commitment, and accountability in an intern are what we screen for.

Role Description & Requirements (*)

  1. Must be a grad student
  2. Must receive academic credit. This internship is unpaid.
  3. Receive liability insurance through your school. No individual plans will be accepted.
  4. Qualified candidates need to have an interest in biodiversity study, conservation biology, forest and wetland ecology, and have earned credit in one of those disciplines (or closely related).
  5. Candidates need to be willing to do fieldwork in any weather condition and hike through dense brush, mud, and water.

To apply, submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Academic advisor contact info

2021 summer and fall internship candidacy: Ongoing

Please contact: Claire O’Neill

Email: claire.oneill@earthwiseaware.org

What Our Interns Say About EwA's Biodiversity Internship Program and its Supervisors ➔

Interning with Claire at EwA has been a transformative experience for me. Prior to my internship, I considered myself someone who appreciated nature but I had not spent an extended period of time building an ecological understanding of the places near to me. Through regular fieldwork and community events at the Middlesex Fells Reservation, Claire encouraged me to connect with places in a way I had never done before. Her enthusiasm and unwavering curiosity about the natural world is infectious and her depth of knowledge of local ecology is truly inspiring. As a result of my internship with EwA, my sense of duty to pursue a career around environmental issues no longer just exists in a rational, moral space - it has taken on an emotional quality as well.

One of the qualities I most appreciate about Claire is her dedication to improvement. Whether it be finding ways to strengthen EwA’s data collection protocols, asking for feedback on her own work, or providing constructive feedback to others, Claire always sees room to grow and improve. Claire approaches to feedback in a highly refreshing manner; she is adamant that everyone – including herself – can improve. During my performance appraisals, Claire pointed out both my strongest attributes and areas for improvement using specific examples. Claire not only taught me what I have to offer and where I can improve but also the value of specific feedback and how to take critique with humility and gratitude. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to intern with EwA and am thrilled to continue working with Claire moving forward!

— Mina Burton (Summer 2020, Lesley University)


“It has been an incredible experience and absolute joy interning with Earthwise Aware this summer. Amongst many other things, I was able to expand my ecological knowledge. I also gained the hands-on experience of working in the field, in several different locations, and on a weekly basis. With the help of the supportive and talented EwA team, I also was able to create a site-specific ecological almanac documenting the relationships between plants and insects at Fresh Pond (one of our study sites). I always felt like a valuable member of the organization –my input and work were always appreciated, and I was able to accomplish so much with the support of the team. Thanks for a wonderful summer internship experience, EwA!

It has been a pleasure to work with Mike this summer. He has been an excellent project manager for my summer internship work. He is well-spoken and articulate, both in his writing and in person. He is also very knowledgeable--both in the field of ecology and otherwise--and always has something insightful to add to the conversation. Whenever I needed it, he was always available to provide guidance, particularly in my research and writing for the ecological almanac project. Thank you for an excellent summer, Mike!

— Lucy Janovitz (Summer 2020, Skidmore College)


“Working at Earthwise Aware has brought me so much more than just the technical skills that I learn after many hours in the field with the team. It brought me a feel for a job in the “real world” while still being able to have one of my first experiences and not being harshly punished for taking risks and making mistakes. Instead, I was pushed to take those risks and push myself to a point beyond my comfort zone, so I can learn about my strengths and weaknesses. This is beneficial for future internships and jobs so I can know what I can capitalize on and where to ask for more help.

This is a great opportunity for anyone with a genuine curiosity and passion for conservation and getting to spend time outside and learn. I would say more than half of this internship was spent doing fieldwork which is not like most other internships, even environmental-based work you oftentimes find yourself in an office.

The community of citizen scientists is great and the team at EwA, I knew whenever I was not feeling confident about a project I had multiple other peers who would love to help me out without demeaning me. This is a very welcoming community where the focus is always on how to help each other improve and make the best product possible. It always felt like a learning group where every experience there was something we could take away from the experience.”

– Sarah Haugney (Capstone Project & Summer Internship 2019, University of Washington)


“Interning with Earthwise Aware (EwA) has been one of the highlights of my undergraduate career. EwA currently focuses on a wide range of platforms surrounding environmental conservation and ecological literacy. EwAs mission is geared towards making informed, ethical, and compassionate decisions and attitudes with respect towards nature.

Through my time with EwA, I have worked with Claire creating and developing a new etiquette/protocol surrounding the dos and don’ts when it comes to bat-watching, an awareness tip about what to do when a bat enters your house, an awareness article highlighting the importance of urban farming in today’s world, and many other various tasks and research assistance. EwA has further developed my research skills and allowed me to explore different frameworks of writing throughout the process. Perhaps my favorite part about my internship involved all of the informative talks and fieldwork for EwA’s Citizen Science programs that we accomplished. These events built bridges between different communities of folks who wanted to learn and get more involved. Each audience or group brought new and interesting ideas and it was wonderful learning from and meeting other like-minded individuals. Moreover, EwA furthered my interpersonal skills through the events, networking opportunities, and our weekly one-on-one meetings.

I am beyond grateful to Claire and EwA for giving me a chance and welcoming me into their family. EwA is made up of such compassionate and wonderful human beings who truly want to make a positive change for our planet. I am very sad to be leaving, but as Claire always says, once you’re a part of EwA, you’re a part forever! I look forward to working with them in the future and applying all of the teachings and tools I gained in my future endeavors.”

— Xaelel Allen-Caballero (Spring Internship 2019, Lesley University)

(*) The same position is available as a long-term volunteer position. Contact us if you’re interested in joining us!


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