Franklin Land Trust & MA Woodlands Institute Summer Internship

Time Period/Start Date: June to September 2024

Hours per week: 24-32 hours per week, flexible hours, may be extended into the fall.

Stipend: Stipend paid biweekly ($16.00 per hour)

General History and Background: Incorporated in 1987, Franklin Land Trust works to protect farms,
forests and other natural resources significant to the environmental quality, economy and rural
character of western Massachusetts.

During the mid-1980's, it became clear that the rural, agricultural landscape that defines western
Massachusetts was in jeopardy from increasing development. Under economic stress, farmers were
selling their land at an alarming rate, which was both transforming the landscape and threatening
the viability of the agricultural economy. In response, local farmers and community leaders formed
the Franklin Land Trust. From our inception, FLT has been devoted to and skilled at saving
farmland.

Now in our 37th year, FLT is strengthening its focus to address conservation of larger landscape
blocks with high degrees of resiliency to climate change and water resources critical for mankind
and wildlife alike. The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) prioritizes the protection of large blocks of
land, particularly those that fall within our conservation priority areas, state-designated areas
critical for farming, forest management, resilient landscapes, biodiversity, watershed and
endangered species protection, and wildlife corridors.

The region’s interest and need for conservation has helped FLT to facilitate the permanent
protection of over 35,373 acres in our region. FLT holds 164 restrictions on over 10,381 acres of
forests, farms, and wetlands in Franklin County and neighboring communities. In addition, we manage
1302 acres on 21 fee owned conservation areas for public access, wildlife and forestry. Our efforts
are supported by over 1,200 contributing members, 165 volunteers and nine full-time staff.

Position Description: The Franklin Land Trust Organizational Internship is designed to give
participants a broad experience across the various departments including Outreach and Fundraising,
Land Stewardship and Land Conservation.

Primary Opportunities:

Outreach and Fundraising: The FLT Intern will assist staff including the Executive Director,
Development & Communications Coordinator, and the Executive Director of MA Woodlands Institute/FLT
Community Conservation Program Manager with planning and executing outreach events including the
launching of a new program “Forester’s for the Fish”.

Additionally, the Intern will be assisting on preparation for environmental / natural history
outdoor education programs and fundraising events including our exciting bike ride, the D2R2. This
work may also include preparing an ESRI Story Map https://storymaps.arcgis.com/ project as time and
experience allows.

Secondary Opportunities:

Land Stewardship: The FLT Intern will team up with the Stewardship Director and Land Steward to
care for FLT’s conservation areas including trail building, boundary marking, monitoring and
assisting with baseline report field work on conservation restrictions held by FLT.

Land Conservation: The FLT Intern will assist the Conservation Director and Land Protection
Specialist with preparing incoming project information, using LANDSCAPE software to visit
properties and input data for new potential projects.

Skills: Applicants should have a strong interest in conservation and protecting the outdoors for
wildlife, farming and public enjoyment. FLT is looking for someone with a broad background and
skills to participate in all aspects of FLT, including writing skills, organizing events,
comfortable working with the public, and the ability and willingness to work outdoors.

Intern should have reliable transportation. Mileage costs for work-related travel will be
reimbursed. A laptop will be supplied for internship activities.

Please send resume and cover letter by June 14, 2024, to Executive Director, Mary Lynn Sabourin at
mlsabourin@franklinlandtrust.org. Preference will be given to applications submitted by this date.

Position open until filled. This is not a remote working position.

Location: Franklin Land Trust, 5 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-9152
www.franklinlandtrust.org and www.masswoodlands.org