You can broaden your knowledge and support our work by volunteering with the Willowsford Conservancy, a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization. Volunteer for one of our education programs, become a wildlife monitor, or keep us updated on conditions in the native plant meadow or on the trails. We would also love your help at the Farm, and with expanding our database of wildlife and nature photography.
Land Stewardship and Environmental Education Internship
Application closed for 2017. Check back for 2018 opportunities
This internship is a hands-on, 3-month internship where significant time is spent on outdoor field work related to habitat restoration, maintenance and interpretation; wildlife management; and presentation of educational programs. Work may also include research and writing to support projects, outreach and education.
Interns will work with Conservancy staff throughout Willowsford’s four villages in Ashburn and Aldie, VA, and will assist with habitat management and restoration, including woodland, meadow and wetland habitat. Interns may gain skills and expertise in a variety of habitat and wildlife stewardship and management techniques, species identification, GIS mapping, invasive species control, and trail maintenance.
Located in northern Virginia, Willowsford Conservancy is the long-term steward of approximately 2,000 acres of open space progressively dedicated to the Conservancy as the Willowsford community develops. Conservancy lands comprise woodlands, meadows and wetlands, approximately 300 acres of agricultural land, and over 40 miles of multi-surface trails.
Help monitor our bluebird nesting box trails – maintained with a dedicated group of volunteers and help from Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. The nesting boxes encourage a variety of native cavity-nesting songbirds, including bluebirds, chickadees, titmouse, tree swallows and house wrens. It is wonderful to watch them build their nest, lay eggs, and fledge young. During nesting season, volunteers work as part of a team and can coordinate their schedule with the other team members. Training provided.
VDGIF is responsible for the management of wildlife and inland fisheries for the Commonwealth of Virginia. VDGIF is an important resource and partner for the Conservancy for information and programs related to wildlife conservation, and game and nuisance animal management.
The Wildlife Meadow in the Grange is a rich habitat consisting of native grasses, shrubs and perennials and the wildlife that depends on them, along with a few vernal pools. Volunteers will monitor and record meadow development throughout the year through record-keeping, photography, and some research and writing. Volunteers can work on their own schedule. Some knowledge of native plants, wildlife and meadow habitats preferred.
The Conservancy is looking for help capturing the beauty of wildlife, native plants and habitat on Conservancy land, to use for our publications. Volunteers can work on their own schedule to, over time, help us develop a working collection of quality, high resolution images.
Do you have experience in the field that you’d love to share as a volunteer educator/guide? Areas of expertise include, for example, as a science teacher, environmental educator, hobby ornithologist, naturalist, horticulturist, VMN graduate, or other knowledgeable individuals enthusiastic to share their Virginia native wildlife, plant & habitat knowledge with audiences of all ages. Researchers and writers are wanted, too! Work with the Conservancy staff to develop and schedule tours and programs.
Love to hike or walk? Patrol some trails and perform minor maintenance (monitoring of trail signs, removal of small plant growth, debris pick-up), report larger maintenance needs, and log sightings of wildlife or invasive plants. This position works with the Conservancy Rangers. Flexible schedule.