The following is an unpaid advertisement by The Prairie Ecologist…
Need to build experience for a career in conservation? Looking for a summer get-away that allows you to give back to the world? Want to increase your knowledge of prairie ecology or natural history?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider volunteering with The Nature Conservancy at the Platte River Prairies in Nebraska! We are looking for a few dedicated people who are willing to give a month or more of their time between May and October, 2012. You can assist us with seed harvesting, native plant nursery work, invasive species control, fence repair and maintenance, research data collection, and inventory/monitoring of plant and animal populations. In most cases, we can provide housing during your stay, so your primary expenses would be limited to travel to our prairies and food while you’re here.
We can tailor your experience to fit your individual needs and preferences. If you’re a student looking for practical job experience, we will make sure you get hands on practice with a wide variety of tools and techniques and can network with our partner organizations. If you’re more interested in some components of our work than others, we’ll do what we can to accomodate that. We can also help set up individual research or other projects if you want something more in-depth or need something like that for college credit.
Anyone interested in volunteering with us can contact Mardell Jasnowski at our office (402-694-4191) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. We will ask for a resume and references, and will sort through applicants to find a slate of volunteers who match up well with our needs and capacity to provide a good experience for both parties. There is no deadline for applications – we will begin evaluating them as they come in.