Dutchess Land Conservancy, Summer Land Steward Intern

AVAILABLE , SUMMER 2020

2020 Dutchess Land Conservancy Summer Internship

Title: Summer Land Steward Intern
Location: 4289 Route 82, Millbrook, NY
Duration: Approximately three months. Start and end dates are flexible. Minimum of 15 hrs/week. Application Deadline: 5 PM Wednesday April 15, 2020.
Compensation: This is a paid internship position. Housing will not be available.

The Summer Land Steward Intern, under direct supervision of the Stewardship, Planning & Education Specialist, is responsible for working with the Stewardship staff to meet the summer’s stewardship goals.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Extensive fieldwork involving monitoring of conservation easement properties.
  • Driving to properties throughout Dutchess County and hiking off-trail over a variety of terrains to document the condition of the property in photographs and writing.
  • Using photo-editing and GIS software to complete ground monitoring reports with associated maps and photographs.
  • Monitoring the current condition of the property, noting possible changes including construction of buildings or roads, tree clearing, disturbance of wetlands and waterways and natural disturbances such as erosion.Recommended Qualifications:
    • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
    • Background in Adobe Photoshop and ArcGIS. (Specific training will be provided.)
    • Drivers license and personal vehicle.
    • Ability to navigate using maps, aerial photographs and GPS.
    • Coursework in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Biology, or related fields.
    • Applicant should be in good physical condition, able to hike over rough terrain.How to Apply:Please email a cover letter and resume to Lucas Gordon ’19 (lucasg@dutchessland.org). Call (845) 677-3002 with questions about the position.

      Though recommended, if you do not currently meet all of the above qualifications, you are still encouraged to apply.

 

Beacon Historical Society

 

 Beacon Historical Society

 

The Beacon Historical Society welcomes interns to participate at our history center.  Established in 1976, the Society has grown exponentially in terms of programs and collections that pertain to the history of Beacon.   We are currently located at the former rectory of the St. Andrew’s Church on 17 South Avenue (off of Main and 9D) in Beacon NY, within walking distance from the train and bus and close to the Newburgh Beacon Bridge.

 

We are currently developing our collections management program and need assistance in cataloguing our archives into the Past Perfect database.  Interns would be required to handle materials, measure, describe, and record information into the program. In addition, many items need proper archival housing.  An assessment needs to be made as to the appropriate materials required for each object.

 

We are also seeking to develop our exhibition spaces to include a permanent display of the history of Beacon and areas for changing exhibits.  We have three gallery spaces available in which to develop these concepts.  We would appreciate input from interns from concept development, design, production, and promotion.

 

Depending on the student’s knowledge and skills, our volunteers are open to learning about the latest research and procedures in the museum studies field.

 

Schedule: Thursdays, 9 a.m. — noon; and/or Saturdays, 1:00 — 4:00 p.m.

They are also willing to work with your schedule.

Beacon Historical Society Mission Statement

 

The purpose of the Beacon Historical Society shall be to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to the natural and cultural history of the district now included within Beacon and its antecedent communities and any area relating to them.  The further purpose is to establish and maintain collections of books, record, manuscripts, newspapers, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, relics, letters, journals, surveys, field books and all artifacts which may establish or illustrate such history of the growth of the population, education, trade and commerce in said territory and to foster an awareness, appreciation, and interest thereof.

 

 

 

Contact:  Diane Lapis, President dlapis@beaconhistorical@gmail.com

Immigration Assistance with Grace Immigrant Outreach (GIO) Millbrook, NY

Available for Spring 2020

Website: Grace Immigrant Outreach

Grace Immigrant Outreach is a non-profit that offers immigration assistance.

Position description: Helping Spanish speaking people with the 2020 Census.

Marketing/Communications Outreach – Creating and distributing posters/flyers for social media and local establishments (Laundromats, bodegas, churches, schools, etc.)

Distribution of census specific information to be disbursed on the hosts’ social network. The information shared to hosts should be shared on any platform – sign a release form.

Managing social media accounts.

Identifying all clergy representatives of Latino communities in Dutchess County – reaching out for their support in the Census count.

Data Collection and Analysis.

Logging in all answered surveys

Organize surveys by towns, villages and cities.

Design a log program to maintain the survey information.

Keeping data on the communities visited

Keeping detailed contact information for host families

Keeping track and follow up of shared information via social media – did host family share Census information with network?

Requirements: Must speak Spanish

Number of available positions: 3

Time: 3 hour events, 3 events per week

Poughkeepsie Youth Coalition

Available for Spring 2020

The Poughkeepsie Youth Coalition brings together independent, school and government providers of youth services in the City of Poughkeepsie. The organization’s vision is communication and collaboration among service providers will allow us to better serve youth in our City as well as communicate goals, challenges and opportunities both to the youth we serve and to the School District and Government entities. One key initiative is the creation of a web-based directory of youth services aimed at students, teachers and parents in the City.

Communications Associate

Responsibilities: Contact all relevant youth service providers to facilitate their participation in the web-based Youth Service Directory; plan and facilitate meetings and communication with member organization of the Youth Coalition, coordinate with the City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County’s Path to Promise initiative .

Requirements: Good communication and social media skills, capability to work independently as well as supervised work

Contact Alex Reese (alexreese@aol.com) or Gully Stanford (gullystan@gmail.com) — Please copy Lisa Kaul on your correspondence.

Intern for the Mid-Hudson Chinese Community Association

This opportunity is available for the Spring 2020

Website: https://mhcca1968.wixsite.com/mhcca

CEL Location: 124 Raymond Ave, Vassar College

About Mid-Hudson Chinese Community Association: The Mid-Hudson Chinese Community Association (MHCCA) was established in 1968. As an apolitical and nonprofit organization, its goal is to promote understanding and the enhancement of cooperation among members through social contacts. Any resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley, regardless of ancestry or nationality, who has an interest in the promotion of Chinese culture may become a member. MHCCA seasonally hosts or co-hosts parties, picnics, sport activities, and cultural shows.

Position Description: Our organization needs some people to assist in the following activities:

  1. File for 501(c) legal status;
  2. Reach out to current members and understand the needs of the community;
  3. Connect to local Chinese businesses and encourage their participation;
  4. Design programs and services to meet these needs;
  5. Develop strategies to secure financial contributions for various activities and services.

Skills Desired:

  1. basic word and excel knowledge;
  2. some legal background preferred;
  3. good inter-personal skills;
  4. passion for community development.

Number of Available Positions: 2

Schedule: Friday 3-6 and Sunday 12-5

Who to Contact: Yue Tan, program development officer mhcca1968@gmail.com 845-5463132

Interns for Black History Project Committee

This opportunity available for Spring 2020

Location: Mid-Hudson Heritage Center/Glebe House

About Black History Project Committee/Fall Kill Creative Works: A Memorial Project to Honor the Lives of Enslaved People of African Descent in Poughkeepsie, sponsored by the Black History Project Committee of Poughkeepsie, which is under the fiscal sponsorship of the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center/Fall Kill Creative Works.

Carmen McGill, chair.

For the past several months, an ad hoc group of citizens has come together to plan ways to commemorate the enslaved people of Poughkeepsie. A memorial and several historic markers are envisioned that will recognize that slavery is very much a part of our area’s history, and that the atrocity of human enslavement contributed significantly to the growth and wealth of the Hudson Valley. The Project also seeks to work with educators and students in the City of Poughkeepsie K-12 Schools.

Our mission statement:

To acknowledge, articulate, embrace, research and commemorate the life of enslaved people of African descent in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Key points:

Slavery existed in the State of New York, the Mid-Hudson Region, and Poughkeepsie from its earliest days.

Enslaved adults and children were the main workforce who contributed to the growth of what is now the City of Poughkeepsie and the mid-Hudson Region.

The works, language and traditions of Africans, both enslaved and free, are part of the legacy, which is American history, and should be taught to, and treasured by, all Americans.

Position Description: The Memorial Project has formed subcommittees: historical research and education; site and design; communication/marketing/outreach; project title, mission, and narrative development. Students can join any of these subcommittees.

Skills Desired: An open, collective-minded, proactive disposition is a must. Different subcommittees require different skills: research skills, social media and communication skills, interest in K-12 education.

Number of Available Positions: 2-3

Schedule: The overall Memorial Project Committee meets the fourth Thursday of the month at the historic Glebe House. Subcommittees schedule separate times to meet. Participants in the Memorial Project work both independently and collaboratively.

Additional Requirements: Professor Katherine Hite (Political Science Department) is happy to serve as the faculty sponsor, as she is actively involved in the project as a co-facilitator.

Who to Contact: Carmen McGill, Chairwoman, BHPC and co-facilitator of the Memorial Project aquadragon40@verizon.net 845-471-0264

Intern for Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA)

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

The Vassar Ecological Preserve recently completed its Conservation Action Plan.  We are seeking students to assist with the implementation of our action plan.  Examples of projects include invasive species removal, planting native species, and creating outreach materials.  These projects will support the conservation of our ecological preserve. 2 POSITIONS OPEN. 

We are also a member of the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA).  This alliance brings together organizations and individuals centered in the Hudson Valley region to protect ecological systems and develop sustainable land management practices. We aim to address urgent threats to ecosystem health in the Hudson Valley, which include climate change, deer browse, habitat loss and fragmentation and invasive species, on a regional scale.

EMMA needs student assistance with a variety of environmental monitoring and outreach projects. Some examples of possible projects 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
    • Choose a set of emerging invasive species to monitor and develop an open-source calendar to notify land managers of critical phenophases.

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

  • EMMA Deer Management Project: This student will collect information about the deer  management techniques at each EMMA site and their effectiveness on deer populations.  The student will work with the EMMA’s Deer Working Group to develop a standardized template for collecting information.  The student will then survey site managers and compile information about the successes and failures that managers have encountered.

Mentored by Keri VanCamp, Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve.

Number of Available Positions:

Who to Contact: Keri VanCamp, kevancamp@vassar.edu

Donor Stewardship Intern for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

This opportunity available for Spring 2020

About the Organization: United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is a 501c3 organization and is committed to the principle of diversity and nondiscrimination.  All interns are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to beginning their internship.  Questions, comments and feedback regarding a student learning experiences during internships are welcomed at any time from the student, professors, guidance professionals and administrators.

Location: 75 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Key Responsibilities: This internship will work with the Resource Development Office to further business development.

Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Development Coordinator, Jennell Higgs.

Key Performance Metrics:

  • Coordinate signature event logistics
  • Research accuracy of information and document updates.
  • Thank you phone calls to donors
  • Put together Leadership Packets
  • Deliver or mail Leadership Packets
  • Manage Leadership Society Donor List
  • Merge/send acknowledgment letters
  • Create and maintain binder of leadership donor and event information

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Interest in nonprofit, business development, or relationship management
  • Interest in developing an understanding of the role of technology in business development
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Driver’s license and a car preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong computer & internet skills

Hours: negotiable

Who to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at ocel@vassar.edu

Community Impact Intern for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

This opportunity available for Spring 2020

About the Organization: United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is a 501c3 organization and is committed to the principle of diversity and nondiscrimination.  All interns are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to beginning their internship.  Questions, comments and feedback regarding a student learning experiences during internships are welcomed at any time from the student, professors, guidance professionals and administrators.

Location: 75 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Key Responsibilities: This intern will work within the Community Impact Department to assist with the administrative tasks important to ensuring our organization is fulfilling its mission.

Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Director of Community Impact, Melissa Clark.

Key Performance Metrics:

  • Filing reports
  • Scheduling site visits/attending site visits
  • Data entry for grant reporting
  • Mailing correspondence
  • Database management
  • Preparation for Community Impact Council meetings
  • Prepare agendas
  • Tabling United Way events
  • Preparing and printing marketing materials
  • Reviewing grants
  • Research United Way transition
  • Research trends in areas UW funds
  • Other duties as needed

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Interest in nonprofit and community outreach work
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Driver’s license and a car preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong computer & internet skillsHours: negotiableWho to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at ocel@vassar.edu

Gift-In-Kind Internship for United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region

This opportunity available for Spring 2020

About the Organization: United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is a 501c3 organization and is committed to the principle of diversity and nondiscrimination.  All interns are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to beginning their internship.  Questions, comments and feedback regarding a student learning experiences during internships are welcomed at any time from the student, professors, guidance professionals and administrators.

Location: 75 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Key Responsibilities: This intern will work within the Community Impact Department to expand and enhance our Gift-In-Kind program that supports our quarterly Days of Sharing.

Reporting Relationship:  This position reports to the Director of Community Impact, Melissa Clark and Community Building VISTA, Jazmin Awada.

Key Performance Metrics:

  • Research other existing GIK programs and best practices throughout the region and country
  • Build on existing relationships with partnered organizations to best serve the needs of their organization.
  • Organize, document, and track inventory of donated goods.
  • Organize quarterly Days of Sharing
  • Retrieve items from retailers in the area
  • Maintain existing relationships with partnered retailers and assist in creating new relationships with donors.
  • Attend and assist with United Way volunteer events as needed.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Interest in nonprofit work, program development, or relationship management
  • Attention to detail and strong time management skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Strong computer & internet skills
  • Driver’s license and a car preferred

Hours: negotiable

Who to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at ocel@vassar.edu