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.


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.


  • 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.


The Visiting Scientist will receive: (1) a monthly stipend of $2,200, (2) on-site housing with free utilities, (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). 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 and accepted until January 1, 2020. Applications should be addressed to Great Hollow’s executive director, Dr. Chad Seewagen, and emailed to . Please put “VISITING SCIENTIST APPLICATION [Last name_First name]” in the subject line.