Research Interns

Great Hollow is currently accepting applications for two paid internships for undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences and have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology. Interns will assist with our spring and summer research projects through which they will gain experience with various field techniques and data collection methods. Our research this year includes a tri-trophic, plant-insect-bird project involving caterpillar sampling, vegetation surveys, bird surveys, and bird banding, and a study of the effects of artificial lighting on bats that will involve collecting and analyzing acoustic bat data. Interns will also occasionally be 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. Internships begin in mid- to late May and last 8 weeks. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $350 along with on-site, shared housing.

To be of the greatest assistance to this year’s projects, interns with strong bird identification skills and/or arthropod identification skills will be the most competitive. Prior experience conducting point-counts of eastern U.S. birds is a major plus.

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.
-GPA of 3.0 or above.
-Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions.
-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.
-English fluency.
-Ability to communicate effectively.
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
​-Ability to live in shared, drug-free and smoke-free housing with respect for others.
-Previous field biology experience and a familiarity with the flora and fauna of the Northeast.
-Proof of health insurance coverage.

-U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.

Applications for the Summer 2021 season will be accepted until April 1.  Applicants must be available to start no later than May 20. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply, please email (as a single PDF) a cover letter that outlines your experience, interests, and goals; a resume/CV; and contact info and your relationship to at least two professional references to Chad Seewagen at . Please label the PDF as “Last name_first name” and put “Last name_2021 Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications that fail to follow these basic instructions may be disqualified.


Summer Camp Counselors-in-Training (CITs)

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 members of the camp staff, CITs gain valuable work 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, 2021 and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Please contact the camp director, Maggie Cozens, at with any questions.


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.