Internship Announcement

Intern with Center for Urban Habitats and join the team for an exciting 2021 project: An Assessment of Native Grasslands of the Central Virginia Piedmont


Center for Urban Habitats seeks two qualified interns for assistance with a botanical assessment of high quality grasslands in an 8-County area of the Central Virginia Piedmont. The selected interns will work part-time and on-call during an evolving schedule to meet the assessment needs of newly discovered survey sites during the window of June 15 to September 15. Undergraduate or graduate students interested in field botany, plant taxonomy, and natural grassland inventory and conservation may apply. The selected interns will gain valuable field experience in high quality grassland identification, vegetative plot sampling, species and community identification, physiographic assessment, and data entry while working with the staff of a leading education and conservation organization.


  • Expect long strenuous work days in adverse weather conditions and challenging terrain
  • Expect biting insects, snakes, muck, and brambles in summer heat
  • Applicant must have unwavering high standards for scientific protocols and methods
  • Experience identifying plants in the field to species level using a dichotomous key is a plus
  • Must be able to carry heavy loads up to 50lbs. across rugged terrain
  • Punctual, works well with others, and able to adjust to a variety of responsibilities
  • Ability to roll with strategic schedule and location changes, and last-second planning


Total paid work load will not exceed 150 hours over the 2021 summer field season. Compensation will be a lump sum of $2,940.

Mileage during work will be reimbursed at a rate of $.56/mile. Lodging will be provided to those coming from outside the study region (> 2 hrs away from Charlottesville).

Applicants encouraged to apply before June 10. Send CV & cover letter to Devin Floyd, Executive Director of Center for Urban Habitats: