Patchen Miller Internship – 2011 Application Guidelines

The Patchen Miller internship at UVLT embraces the science and stewardship involved in conserving land and encourages opportunities for people to enjoy, explore and learn from conserved properties. A Patchen Miller intern has leeway to develop a unique program of work while learning about land conservation and gaining experience with a nonprofit organization.

Each applicant is asked to submit a proposal for consideration by UVLT that serves the applicant’s individual interests and learning objectives, furthers UVLT’s land conservation mission, and draws on collaboration with teachers, naturalists and/or other professional mentors. A modest stipend between $1500- $2000 will be awarded. Internship length is variable but should generally incorporate the equivalent of 8-10 weeks of full time work.

An intern need not have significant expertise in the work area proposed, but the work plan should be well thought out, with a timeline and measurable goals. The products of the internship can be written, verbal and experiential. There may be evening programs and slides shows, workshops for landowners or resource profession¬als, scientific documentation and/or outdoor events. Some possible internship themes:

  • Develop outdoor programs on conserved properties – recreational enjoyment as well as teaching. (Ex: Mapping, signage, trail building, as well as leading hikes, bird walks, kayak trips etc.)
  • Teach children and adults tracking & plant identification skills, forest succession, wetland delineation, invasive species, ecosystem analysis, land management assessments.
  • Coordinate educational exchanges drawing on the knowledge of experts in the community. (Could include forest management, tracking skills, agricultural know-how, photography, identifying natural communities, etc.)
    Document conserved properties for future ecological monitoring– assemble in depth baseline botanical information to allow an assessment of incremental change over time.
  • Work with UVLT and adults to sustain the Connecticut River Primitive Campsite program.
    Share storytelling traditions and myths about the natural world (especially our immediate part of it), and/or music, art.
  • Link life in the Upper Valley to ecological changes else¬where by examining migratory species, acid rain, etc.
  • Develop management plans for recently acquired, UVLT owned lands incorporating wildlife, recreation, and long-term sustainability.

Your application should include your resume and a brief letter outlining your interests and proposed focus of work. Based on your initial application, UVLT staff will work with you to refine your proposal to meet both your objectives and UVLT’s interests.

Applications are due by April 1st for the upcoming summer of 2011. Submit your letter of application to: Patchen Miller Internship, Upper Valley Land Trust, 19 Buck Road, Hanover, NH 03755 or email it to Questions may be directed to Pete Helm, Vice President of Stewardship, (603) 643-6626 x104. or via email (

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