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Erik Yando and Stephen Murphy
Undergraduate and Recent Graduate Opportunities
Highstead’s Internship Program offers an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work with Highstead staff on innovative projects in ecology, conservation, and communications. Highstead has a paid 11-week ecology program in the summer and a paid 12-week conservation and communications program in the fall. Volunteer internships may be available at other times of the year.
Working at Highstead
Located approximately halfway between Hartford, CT and New York City, Highstead is a 100+ acre preserve of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows secluded in the quiet town of Redding, CT. Highstead's staff is small, so interns become important members of the Highstead community during their stay. Facilities include office space, reception/presentation room with art gallery, library and reading room, laboratory and greenhouse space, herbarium, and maintenance garage.
Living in Redding
Despite Highstead’s proximity to large urban areas, prospective interns should understand that Redding is a rural and somewhat isolated location. A personal vehicle is highly recommended, if not essential. The nearest town with a grocery store and other amenities is Bethel, CT, about a 10-15 minute drive away. A commuter rail line to NYC is located in West Redding.
Nearby Attractions: Redding has a large number of nature preserves, state parks, and hiking trails and is situated in the most undeveloped part of Fairfield County. The Nature Conservancy's, 1800-acre Devil's Den Preserve is located several miles south as is the Saugatuck Reservoir, offering striking watershed views and miles of hiking trails. The Connecticut Coast is about a 30-minute drive south, the rural highlands of northwestern, CT are about a 45-minute drive north, and scenic destinations on the Hudson River at least a one hour drive to the west.
- Stipend of $5,000 for the 11-12 week session
- Free furnished housing