Gunpowder Valley Conservancy / Tree Maintenance Intern, Youth Conservation Corps Coordinator Internship

Gunpowder valley conservancy

Internship Profile

Position Title: Tree Maintenance Intern, Youth Conservation Corps Coordinator
Student Name: Allison Mosley
Major: Environmental Science & Studies
City, State: Loch Raven, MD
Semester: Fall; Spring; Summer
Hours: 5-10 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, hourly wage

How did you find this internship?

A friend of mine who has an environmental career learned about this position and referred
me to it.

What advice on the internship application process would you give to another TU student
interested in this internship?

It is demanding but rewarding physical labor. Be aware of what the internship will
entail, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Also, don’t be afraid to say “no” if
it is not the right fit for you!

What did you do as an intern at this organization?

I worked manually with handheld tools to maintain trees that were already planted,
removed invasive plants, dug out tree tubes, and re-staked trees. I also taught the
public the importance of trees, tree maintenance, and how to perform maintenance.
I promoted the non-profit by sharing our mission with the public and other activities
that volunteers can help with.

What did you find most rewarding in your internship?

Having a one on one interaction with nature by myself was really rewarding. I was
able to see baby fox kits playing in a field, a momma turkey protecting her babies,
a giant eastern box turtle, and so many snakes, mice, deer, etc. I was also able to
physically help a tree, knowing that if I didn’t fix it, it may not have survived.

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What were the challenges you faced in your internship?

There are a lot of ticks so you need to be aware of them and symptoms of Lyme Disease.
I came into contact with poison ivy a handful of times even though I tried to stay
away from it. When I was the youth coordinator showing high schoolers how to do maintenance,
it was apparent that they were not responsive to emails or other communication and
in general lacked responsible communication skills.

If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills
would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?

I’m not sure there would be anything to prepare for. You are either the kind of person
that can do the labor and get it done or you aren’t. You need to have good communication
skills to correspond with your mentor. Being confident and able to work by yourself
in the woods is important in order to be successful in this internship. Being responsible
and accountable is important when working with a non-profit, as they are depending
on you!

About the organization

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy

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