Our Eco-Discovery Camp CIT program is an exciting leadership training opportunity for rising 9th-12th graders (14-17 years old) who enjoy spending their days outdoors and are interested in working with children. Functioning as junior, unpaid members of the counselor team, CITs gain valuable volunteer experience while strengthening their leadership skills in a fun camp setting. They can also apply their hours at Great Hollow towards their high school’s community service requirements.

CITs work alongside the Camp Director and Camp Instructor to provide a week of fun and educational outdoor programming for our campers. CITs, supervised by the Camp Director and mentored by both the Director and Instructor, have the opportunity to explore their interests in environmental education while gaining valuable experience working with children outdoors. As comfort and skills grow, CITs are given opportunities to lead or help lead a variety of camp activities. Interested CITs may also be offered the chance to be trained in handling and presenting our education program reptiles. Please click here for additional information about requirements and qualifications, and an application to apply. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2023 and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please contact camp director Tara Ewers at  with any questions.



Great Hollow is pleased to announce a two-year fellowship to support a visiting post-doctoral scientist in residence at our preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. The Fellow will: (1) conduct independent field research at Great Hollow and/or other appropriate study sites in the region, (2) assist with other research projects of Great Hollow’s, (3) assist with the coordination of Great Hollow’s summer internship program, and (4) contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow as a member of our small staff, including, but not limited to, occasional assistance with education and outreach programs. The ideal candidate will be an ecologist whose research is field-based, integrative, innovative, has a conservation application, and will complement Great Hollow’s current areas of study. Candidates may work in any discipline that is relevant to the biodiversity and ecological communities of the northeastern U.S.  The fellowship is primarily intended for early-career scientists who have completed their PhD within the past 5 years, but post-doctoral researchers at any career stage are eligible to apply. PhD candidates who expect to defend during the spring of 2023, have a strong publication record, and have an appropriate level of research experience will also be considered. Please click here for additional information and instructions on how to apply.


PAID RESEARCH INTERNS (posted 01/18/2023)

Great Hollow is currently accepting applications for up to two paid internships for undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences, have a strong academic record and interest in field biology, and have demonstrated experience with the identification of northeastern U.S. forest plants, arthropods, and/or birds. Interns will mainly assist with the first year of a 3-year study of the effects of invasive Japanese barberry removal on plant, arthropod, and bird species composition. To be able to conduct the necessary field work for the project, applicants must be skilled at identifying plants, arthropods (to order), and/or birds of northeastern U.S. forests. We do not expect each applicant to have experience with all 3 taxa, so those with experience with only 1 or 2 of the taxa are still encouraged to apply. We will attempt to partner 2 interns with complimentary skills (e.g., one person with bird ID skills and another with plant and arthropod ID skills). Aside from working on this project, interns will also be occasionally asked to help with invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, miscellaneous office duties, facility maintenance, care of our non-releasable birds of prey and other education animals, community events, and kids’ education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow as members of our small staff. Internships begin in mid- to late May and last 8 weeks. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $400 and free on-site, shared housing.

Minimum Qualifications

-Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field.

-Strong identification skills for Northeastern forest plants, arthropods, and/or birds. Experience gained solely from the lab section of a college course is insufficient. Applicants must demonstrate other sources of experience (e.g., prior field positions, atlasing efforts, volunteer work, etc.).

-Ability to enjoy working outdoors for several hours, sometimes under adverse (e.g., hot, buggy) conditions.

-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.

-English fluency.

-Ability to communicate effectively.

-Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

​-Ability to live in shared, drug-free and smoke-free housing with respect for others.

-Proof of current health insurance coverage (not provided with internship).

-U.S. citizenship or current authorization (at the time of applying) to work in the U.S.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received, so do not wait until the last minute. To apply, please submit as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that includes a clear description of your relevant experience with Northeastern forest plant, insect, or bird ID; (2) your CV; and (3) contact info and your relationship to at least two professional references. Email your application package to Great Hollow’s executive director Chad Seewagen at . Please label the PDF as “Last name_first name” and put “Last name_2023 Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications that fail to follow these basic instructions may be disqualified. Please do not expect a confirmation that your email has been received or send an additional email asking for confirmation. All applicants will be notified of our decision by May 10th at the latest.


Great Hollow is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment for all employees, volunteers, members, and program participants. Discrimination or harassment because of age, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status is not tolerated and is strictly forbidden.