We are still accepting applications for field sponsors and encourage interested organizations to apply. To date the following organizations will be serving as field sponsors for the 2012 program:
Downeast Lakes Land Trust: The primary project for the intern team will be planning and implementing aquatic habitat restoration projects on the 33,700-acre Farm Cove Community Forest with DLLT staff and partner organizations and agencies. This work will include inventory of stream blockages from former roads and “splash dams” from the log drive era, and planning and assisting with volunteer projects to remove priority blockages to enhance habitat for brook trout and Atlantic salmon.
Downeast Salmon Federation: Interns will be integral to its summer outreach and stewardship activities, which may include the maintenance of trails, protected areas, and interpretive information. Interns will gain practical experience conserving Atlantic Salmon and sharing them with the public. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to observe and facilitate the operation of conservation hatcheries that use river-specific methods to enhance future salmon populations.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy: The interns will help FBC complete its free land conservation management plans and assist with the monitoring of its conservation easements.
Marine Environmental Research Institute: The interns will test sampling methods in the field as well as various methods of quantification and categorization of microplastics in the lab. The interns will deliver a comparative literature review of global microplastic concentrations from previous studies, a summary of the various sampling and quantification methods tested with recommendations for future work, and a visual advocacy aid on microplastics for use at MERI. The format will be left up to the creativity of the interns. Ideas include: a fact sheet, a poster, a short video or an app.
Nature Trust of New Brunswick, Canada: The intern will be working on provincial scale conservation planning and analysis as well as some field work.