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Job & Internship Opportunities

  • Internship opportunities with EMMA are now available. We need student assistance with a variety of environmental monitoring and outreach projects. Please use the form below to let us know which project you are interested in.


  • Ongoing Internships Include:
  • EMMA’s ongoing phenology monitoring project: Students learn about the life histories of native and invasive species on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, and gain valuable field experience. In addition to phenology monitoring, students will do one of the following:

    • Develop species phenophase identification profiles for EMMA’s target phenology species in collaboration with the New York Phenology Project

    • Create an open-source phenology calendar showing the start and end of phenophases for EMMA’s target phenology species

    • Develop an annotated bibliography which includes citation and abstract for the most current and local examples of phenological asynchrony

Mentored by Keri Vancamp, Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. 2 POSITIONS OPEN.


  • EMMA Phenology Project Development: Student(s) will conduct a literature review for all of the EMMA phenology species (including species traits that trigger/create phenologic response), phenology research questions, and phenology projects of invasive plants, hemlock wooly adelgid and pollinators. This review will involve reading and saving all relevant papers to the Phenology Working Group folder and creating a “State of Phenology Research” summary report. Mentored by Jessica Schuler, New York Botanical Garden, and Keri Vancamp, Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. 2 POSITIONS OPEN.

  • EMMA Social Media Manager: Student will gain experience managing social media engagement for an environmental nonprofit. The internship will include creating posts for EMMA’s facebook and Instagram pages, and taking photographs on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve that help illustrate environmental concepts. Mentored by Jen Rubbo, Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns. 1 POSITION OPEN


Click here to check out the awesome work of past EMMA interns.

Volunteer & Citizen Science Opportunities

Phenology Monitoring

Citizen scientists learn about the life histories of native and invasive species in the Hudson Valley while collecting invaluable data for EMMA. Perfect for anyone who loves walking through the woods and observing nature. Your data will help us understand:
• How climate change is impacting the Hudson Valley’s ecosystems
• How invasive plants are affecting native ecosystems
• How best to eradicate the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive beetle that is decimating the region’s hemlock trees
• How EMMA’s preserves can be better habitats for pollinators

Interested in interning or volunteering with EMMA? Let us know by filling out the contact form below:

Centered in the Hudson Valley, EMMA brings together organizations and individuals to develop a regionally-coordinated ecological monitoring network that informs sustainable management practices and natural resource conservation through scientific research while engaging the public in environmental protection.

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