Terrestrial Natural History Summer Internship

 About the Internship

Each summer The Preserve offers college level internship program focused on the terrestrial natural history of The Bahamas. The internship runs for seven weeks at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera and is designed to provide college students with field experience that can lead to work in the conservation field that they cannot attain in typical classroom settings. 

Experts from various fields teach different aspects of natural history so as to provide the interns with both a broad and deep familiarity with each subject.  Subjects include botany, plant ecology, geology, ornithology and herpetology.

A major focus of the botany portion, includes the fundamentals of plant taxonomy and training to sight recognize common Bahamian plant species. These skills are then used by interns to further the ongoing permanent forest plot research at the Preserve. In addition, interns conduct independent research projects and present their findings to the general public. 


2017 Program

Program Dates: May 8th – June 20th, 2017 (7 weeks)

Application Deadline: April 5th, 2017

To apply, email the following documents to efreid@bnt.bs and fcartwright@bnt.bs by the application deadline. Please title the subject line of your email "Leon Levy Summer Internship 2017".

  1. Completed Application Form.
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. College transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  4. Cover letter explaining why you are interested in participating in the internship.
Preferred prerequisites include:
- Background or previous coursework in botany, and/or general zoology.
- Strong desire for field experience.
- Available for full 7 weeks. 

Potential candidates will be contacted for an interview. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All travel expenses including room and board are provided for the three (3) successful candidates. A stipend is also awarded to each candidate for the duration of the program.

For more information contact:

Falon Cartwright Dr. Ethan Freid
Preserve Manager Botanist
fcartwright@bnt.bs efreid@bnt.bs