Summer Steward Internship
NCLT’s Summer Steward Internship engages high school students in multiple aspects of land conservation and stewardship. Much of the program is spent stewarding NCLT’s properties by building and maintaining trails, controlling invasive species, and creating habitat for local wildlife.
Throughout the internship, participants learn the science and philosophy behind sustainable land use, including the identification of native and invasive plants, the impact of historic land use on today’s ecosystems, and the importance of maintaining diverse habitats across the landscape.
In addition to having a fun and rewarding summer experience, interns are compensated at a weekly rate for their participation in the program.
“I gained an understanding of working in the outdoors, a new knowledge and appreciation for the New Canaan Wilderness, and an overall understanding of how the Land Trust works and what it’s about.”
“My favorite parts of the program this summer were the projects where we built things like trails and water bars. I would recommend this program to a friend or do it again because it was a good way to stay active in the summer.”
“One of the best programs I have come across in New Canaan”
“I think that the program offered a good balance of work, education, discussion, and fun. I came in the first day not knowing anyone, and by the end of the program, many of the other kids became my friends. It was also a nice environment to work in as it was educational and fun while we were also seeing the impact we were making on the property.”
“I would recommend to a friend 100%…You learn lots of new things and sometimes get pushed outside of your comfort zone. That allows you to grow as a human, and its a great experience”
“This internship has gone above and beyond what we expected for our son. It has been fun, organized, and educational. Thanks to the NCLT staff and other adults and volunteers for sharing your knowledge, passion, and talents with the interns. It is a wonderful lesson in stewardship.”