Employment

CURRENT OPENINGS

 

1) Camp Instructor

Great Hollow is looking for an instructor for our Eco-Discovery Camp. The ideal candidates are undergraduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences or outdoor/environmental education fields, and have prior experience working with children (recent graduates are also welcome). Our Eco-Discovery Camp is a small, science-based environmental education day camp for children ages 5-12. Typical weekly enrollment is between 10 and 15 children. The camp instructor will help the camp director (along with two CIT’s) in all aspects of running the camp, including but not limited to program planning and implementation, independent supervision and instruction of children, daily prep and clean-up, and camper behavior management. The instructor will also be required to help with animal care (birds of prey, aquatic turtles, corn snake, and marbled salamander), miscellaneous office duties, occasional weekend community events and education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow.

Great Hollow is a newly established environmental education, conservation, and science institute located in New Fairfield, CT, approximately one hour north of New York City. The preserve totals 825 acres and is contiguous or nearly contiguous with thousands of acres of additional protected land in Connecticut and neighboring New York State. The education department has a variety of offerings for children including school field trips and outreaches, homeschool programs, scout programs, and birthday parties, in addition to the day camp.

Camp is in session 8:30am – 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, from late June through late August. Mandatory orientation/training will be held for two days the week before camp begins. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $250-300 depending on experience, along with free, on-site, shared housing and utilities (valued at approximately $1,000 per month) for the duration of employment if needed.  Applicants must be available for the entire camp season.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Camp Director to run daily camp activities, often including managing a small group of children independently for the majority of the day.
  • Supervise children, often independently, in an outdoor setting that includes forests, streams, and wetlands, with travel both on and off-trail. We will be outside in all weather conditions except thunderstorms.
  • Daily activity prep and clean-up.
  • Handle and present education program animals (reptiles and amphibians, and possibly birds of prey).
  • Other duties as assigned, including miscellaneous office work, staffing community events, and animal care.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Completion of at least two years of post-secondary education, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, outdoor education, environmental education, or a related field.
  • Previous work experience with groups of children in formal or informal settings; summer camp, outdoor education, and/or environmental education experience strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of general ecological concepts and New England natural history, or a willingness to quickly learn.
  • Outgoing and engaging personality; ability to relate well to children.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to follow directions and give and receive feedback.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work long days outdoors, under potentially adverse conditions, while supervising a group of children.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification, or the ability to obtain before start of camp.
  • Record of a physical exam from within last three years (State camp license requirement).
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Must pass criminal background check.
  • For applicants in need of housing: Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others and maintain a clean, smoke-free living environment.

To apply: Please email as a single PDF a cover letter that outlines your relevant experience with children, a resume/CV, and contact info for at least 2 professional references to gro.w1558283300olloh1558283300taerg1558283300@anes1558283300. Please put CAMP APPLICATION_[Last Name_First Name] in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until 4/15/19 and reviewed in the order in which they are received.

 

2) Camp CITs

Great Hollow is currently accepting applications for CIT positions in its Eco-Discovery Camp. These are unpaid, volunteer positions that are eligible for high school community service requirements. Please click here for more information and to apply.

 

3) Visiting Post-doctoral Scientist

Great Hollow is pleased to announce a 12-month fellowship to support a Visiting Scientist in residence at our nature preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. The visiting scientist will: (1) conduct independent, field-based biological research within their area of expertise at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and/or other potential study sites in the area, (2) assist with other field research projects being led by Great Hollow, including data collection and statistical analyses, (3) coordinate Great Hollow’s summer internship program, and (4) contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow, including occasional assistance with education programs, community outreach events, and preserve stewardship. The ideal candidate will be an ecologist or organismal biologist whose research is integrative, has a conservation application, and will diversify Great Hollow’s current lines of research.

Major Responsibilities:

The Visiting Scientist will be responsible for designing and conducting a publishable field research project at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and/or other sites in the general area that can be completed and preferably submitted for publication within the 12-month fellowship period. Projects that have a conservation application are preferred but not required. The Visiting Scientist will be expected to apply for grants or other funding to help support their research (e.g., equipment/supplies, lab analyses, field assistant wages), but their proposed project should be possible to conduct with a modest and slightly negotiable budget of approximately $2,000 (for direct expenses) provided by Great Hollow in the event that efforts to procure external funding are unsuccessful.

The other major responsibility of the Visiting Scientist will be to help the Executive Director coordinate Great Hollow’s 10-week summer internship program. This includes managing the internship application and selection process, and directly mentoring 2-4 interns (who are usually undergraduates but may sometimes include high school students, post-bac students, or graduate students) as they assist with Great Hollow’s research projects and/or conduct independent projects of their own. Interns can also assist the Visiting Scientist with his/her research. For interns who are interested in conducting an independent study, the Visiting Scientist will help interns to identify research projects that are within their areas of interest and are feasible to conduct, mentor interns in study design, field methods, data analysis, and scientific writing, and coordinate their daily activities.

Timeline:

The term of the position is 12 months, with minimal potential for extension and no potential for transition into a permanent position. The start date can be flexible to accommodate the Visiting Scientist’s research schedule and appropriate season for his/her field work, but his/her 12-month term must fully overlap with the period of approximately March 1st – August 15th. This is because summer intern selections and offers are made by early April and the internships typically run from mid-May until early August.

Qualifications:

  • Completion of a Ph.D. in biology, ecology and evolution, wildlife management, conservation biology, or a related field in the past 5 years.
  • Independent research experience on the ecology of plants, invertebrates, freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, or mammals that includes study design, field work, data analysis, and writing.
  • Strong quantitative skills and proficiency in biological statistics; proficiency in R is a plus.
  • A minimum of two first-author publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated success securing grants or other extramural funding.
  • Experience mentoring students, preferably with independent research projects.
  • Familiarity with New England flora, fauna, ecosystems, and principles of habitat management.
  • Familiarity with a broad range of field methods and equipment that will enable the Visiting Scientist to mentor interns on projects outside of his/her immediate area of expertise.
  • English fluency and an ability to communicate with other staff, interns, and members of the public effectively.
  • Ability to work well with others as part of a team.
  • ​Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others.
  • Continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage.
  • U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Compensation:

The Visiting Scientist will receive: (1) a monthly stipend of $2,200, (2) free on-site, shared housing and free utilities (valued at approximately $1,200 per month), (3) monthly reimbursement for personal enrollment in the ConnectiCare state health insurance program if he or she does not possess alternate coverage of his/her own, and (4) a budget of up to $2,000 for research expenses (if outside funding cannot be obtained). No other benefits are provided. Housing includes a private bedroom with a queen bed in one of two shared houses at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. Both houses are newly renovated and furnished, and include a fully equipped kitchen, cable television, telephone land-line, and wireless internet. A washer and dryer are also available on-site.

To apply:

Please email (preferably as a single PDF) an application package that includes:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter.
  • Brief statement of mentoring/teaching experience and philosophy (no more than 2 pages single-spaced).
  • Research interest statement of up to 3 pages single-spaced that includes a description of how your research program fits the position and up to three feasible ideas for a potential project that you would conduct as a Visiting Scientist at Great Hollow.
  • Contact information for, and relationships to, at least two professional references.

Please also provide PDFs of up to three selected publications.

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Applications should be addressed to Great Hollow’s executive director, Chad Seewagen, and emailed to gro.w1558283300olloh1558283300taerg1558283300@nega1558283300weesc1558283300. Please put “VISITING SCIENTIST APPLICATION [Last name_First name]” in the subject line.