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Summer Steward Internship

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 internship program.
Details can be found below.

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend your summer? Want to learn about the environment while getting paid to work outside? Then the New Canaan Land Trust’s Summer Steward Internship is for you!

The internship program introduces participants to the multi-faceted fields of land conservation and stewardship. In addition to completing meaningful projects that benefit the environment and the New Canaan community, interns meet with professionals in the environmental field, take trips to local conservation areas, and have abundant opportunities for field-based learning.

Interns spend 4 days per week working and learning on the Land Trust’s 400-acre network of open space. Projects at the Land Trust vary from year to year, but can include trail construction, invasive species removal, stone wall building, tree planting, or other projects that help the Land Trust care for its preserves. The 5th day of the week is an out-of-town field trip. Recent field trips have included visits to an arboretum to learn about tree conservation, cruises on long island sound to learn about marine conservation, tours of organic and urban farms, and hiking trips to nearby forests.

You will be a good fit for this internship if you have a strong work ethic and are interested in learning about nature, the environment, and what it takes to care for our land. Much of this internship is centered around the completion of labor-intensive stewardship projects that require participants to work outdoors in sometimes inclement weather conditions, using a variety of land stewardship tools (training provided).

2021 Program Details

Program Dates: We offer two, four-week internship sessions. Participants must commit to four weeks of work, and may use the “flex week” between the two sessions (July 19-23) to meet this requirement, should they need to miss work during their session.

  • Session 1: June 21 through July 16.
  • Session 2: July 26 through August 20.

Program Hours: Interns work from 9:00am until 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Occasionally, full-day field trips or inclement weather may extend or shorten work days.

Compensation: In addition to this being an educational internship with ample opportunities for learning, growth, and exploration, interns will receive a stipend, paid upon successful completion of the program. The base stipend is $125 per week, with the opportunity to earn an additional $75 per week, based on self-evaluation and the evaluation of the program manager.

How to Apply: Send an email to info@newcanaanlandtrust.org explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, what you will be able to contribute to the success of the program, and details about any relevant work/volunteer experience (1 page max). Please also indicate which session you would prefer to participate in. All applicants should consider participating in NCLT volunteer days or attending NCLT events to demonstrate their interest in and appreciation for the work of the New Canaan Land Trust.

“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.”

Maura Craig

Parent of an Intern

“One of the best programs I have come across in New Canaan”

Parent of an Intern

“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.”

Katharine Reiss

2017 Intern

“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”

Javan Mitchell

2017 - 2019 Intern

Summer Stewards In Action

Internship Groups Over the Years