Invasive Species/Education Internship

The Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is pleased to announce an internship opportunity in invasive species management/environmental education. This internship may be available for college credit based on your college’s requirements and approval.

Invasive Species/Education Internship

Otsego County Conservation Association, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (Mohican Farm, corner of Allen Lake Road)


Time Requirements:
20-30 hours per week, mid-May through mid-August.
Flexible schedule; some weekend and evening work required.

Suggested Major(s):
Biology, Environmental Science, Education, Environmental Education or other applicable fields.

Number of Openings:
1 per summer

Working under the supervision of the Program Director, the Invasive Species/ Education Intern will assist in a broad range of tasks supporting OCCA in its mission of protecting, preserving and enhancing the natural environment, with a specific emphasis on invasive species detection, control and education projects.

Tasks include:

  • Carry out surveys of lakes, streams, ponds and wetlands to detect and document high priority Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
  • Lead or assist in rapid response removals of newly-detected AIS populations
  • Participate in ongoing removals/control work of AIS in Goodyear Lake, Silver Lake and other locations in Otsego County
  • Document survey results using iMapInvasives
  • Organize and train volunteers assisting with aquatic invasive species removal projects.
  • Participate in control of terrestrial invasive species, including Japanese knotweed
  • Participate in ongoing emerald ash borer survey at Mohican Farm
  • Participate in ongoing spotted lanternfly surveys and trap monitoring
  • Assist in development and implementation of public education programs related to invasive species and effectively engage the public while carrying out other tasks 
  • Keep detailed and accurate records of activities
  • Support OCCA in other areas as needed.

Applicant should have a basic understanding of ecological principles and invasive species; strong communication skills; valid New York State driver’s license and access to a vehicle; experience handling canoes and/or kayaks; ability to work unsupervised and outdoors for long hours; able to lift 60 pounds.

Stipend: Yes.

Offline Application Procedure: Send resume and cover letter to Jeff O’Handley, Program Director, or mail to Jeff O’Handley, OCCA, PO Box 931, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Online Application Procedure: Complete the form below, upload files for cover letter and resume and submit.

Invasive Species/Education Internship - Applicant Information



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