Intern with FMR! [Filled]

Field interns

Field interns conduct vegetation surveys

Note: Sorry, this internship has been filled. FMR does not have any internship offerings at this time.

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FMR is seeking a Field Ecology Intern for late-May to mid-August 2020 to assist with our Land Conservation Program. 

Our Land Conservation Program is actively working to restore hundreds of acres at over 30 metro-area sites and assessing how well restored lands provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

This is an excellent opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate student with an ecology, wildlife or natural resources-related major to connect their academic studies with professional field and habitat restoration work.

This internship offers a blend of indoor and outdoor, hands-on and project-oriented work. The Field Ecology intern will work with FMR ecologists as they conduct day-to-day natural resources management tasks. They will gain hands-on experience in ecological survey methods, data management, and ecological restoration methods of prairie and woodland habitats. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct pollinator, monarch and vegetation survey work (training provided)
  • Monitor wildlife cameras in forests and at turtle nesting enclosures, including setting up the cameras, changing camera cards and batteries, viewing and sorting images and compiling information; some maintenance of turtle nesting enclosures
  • Manage field data: enter field data and manage database, catalog photos, keep project records
  • Lead volunteers in pollinator surveys and assisting with other volunteer restoration events​


  • Coursework or background in natural resource fields such as general ecology, restoration ecology, plant communities, conservation biology, soils, forestry, ornithology, wildlife biology, botany, etc.
  • Detail-oriented in terms of both field and office/data work
  • Comfortable working in Excel and Word
  • Have a reliable vehicle and able to drive to project sites in Dakota, Washington and Hennepin Counties (mileage will be reimbursed)
  • Comfortable with adverse weather and field conditions (insects, dense brush, heat, sun, rain), and have suitable footwear and clothing for such conditions 

Additional desired qualifications

  • Ability to and interest in interacting with volunteers from the general public (don’t need to be an extrovert, just personable)
  • Native plant or pollinator identification skills, though FMR will provide any necessary training
  • Students of color are particularly encouraged to apply 

Training and supervision

  • The student will receive an overview of FMR and their work, interact with supervisors each day on the job, and also have weekly check-ins to make sure goals are being met and to ensure that additional support is there when needed.
  • The intern will have a regular cubicle in a professional but camaraderie-filled atmosphere, where they can both relax and learn to be their most productive.
  • At each step along the way, we will offer ample support (including templates, contact lists, training at the beginning of each event) but also encourage creativity.
  • Most interns become valued members of the FMR team, and also have the opportunity to get to know staff from partner groups such as the National Park Service, St. Paul Parks, the Department of Natural Resources and others.
  • If it works for their schedule, we would love for the student to attend monthly staff meetings and/or monthly staff lunches.


  • Preferred season/semester: 16 weeks, between late-May and mid-August, although start and end dates may be flexible
  • Average hours per week: 15, though additional hours may be available
  • Workdays are typically Monday-Friday but may include occasional Saturday events
  • Hours can be flexible and may change week to week, but workdays are typically between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., but may begin as early as 6 a.m. for a few days in June, and as late as 8:30 p.m. for a few evening events

Stipend and Mileage

  • FMR is able to offer a stipend of $1,900 and will cover additional mileage reimbursement at the current federal rate for travel to and from survey sites. The stipend and hours may increase depending on additional funding.

Ready to apply?

  • To apply, please send a resume, contact information for two references (preferably one academic and one from a previous employer or contact in your field) and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this internship and explaining any relevant experience you may have. 
  • Please email your resume, references and cover letter to both Karen Schik, (651-222-2193 x15) and Alex Roth, (651-222-2193 x33).
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2020. Interviews will also occur on a rolling basis.

If interested, please read further about our organization and follow the links to review our annual reports and other program materials.


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