Undergraduate Conservation Internships

We are proud to partner with the Environmental Studies Department at Keene State College (KSC) on an innovative, seven-week summer conservation internship experience for undergraduates.

Two of our 2013 conservation interns document a roadkilled amphibian as part of the Harris Center’s ongoing road mortality survey of Route 123. See more photos of the KSC conservation interns in action on Flickr.

Under the guidance of Harris Center staff and KSC professors, these interns gain exposure to many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse work, with a special focus on ecological inventory and conservation research. Together, the students document vernal pools, survey forest community inventory plots, inventory and pull invasive plants, conduct weekly monitoring of the Harris Center’s campsites on Spoonwood Pond, assist with educational events and easement monitoring, and collect data for a wildlife road mortality study of Route 123, which bisects SuperSanctuary lands in Hancock, Antrim, Stoddard, and Nelson.

This internship program is a win-win: the Harris Center acquires scientific data that we can use to better steward the lands in our care, and the students get an unparalleled, hands-on learning experience. “Working in the field alongside conservation professionals helps the students see how their classroom education applies to the conservation challenges we face every day, and how even the things that we take for granted, like roads, can have significant environmental impacts,” reflects KSC professor Dr. William Fleeger. “It exposes them to the demands and possibilities of the profession that it is impossible to replicate in any other way.”

For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org or (603) 358-2065.