Restoration Ecology Apprenticeship




Cumberland, OH


The Wilds mission is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience.

The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative conservation centers in the world offering diverse training programs for early career professionals. Apprentice positions are available throughout the year. Schedule typically M-F, 9:00-5:00 from Sept 1st – March 1st and March 1st – Sept 1st (flexible on arrangement).

•Apprentices gain hands-on experience, participate in land management and receive field training on a variety of ecological studies in wetland, forest, stream & grassland habitats.
•Typical tasks: implementing habitat improvements and monitoring ecosystem recovery through invasive plant management, vegetation surveys, environmental monitoring, photo point collection, data analysis and report writing.
•Training: botanical skills, field methods (species identification, survey protocols, research methodology), GPS & GIS applications / map making, biological monitoring and application of land management and restoration techniques.
•Apprentices are responsible for an independent scientific research project, and will communicate their findings to Columbus Zoo and Wilds employees at the end of their term.
•Position requires hiking and some physically demanding tasks, including outdoor work throughout the seasons. This may include hot, buggy, cold or otherwise challenging conditions. Participants should be prepared with appropriate field gear / foot wear.
•Candidates should be eager for learning opportunities and willing to practice new skills independently. Apprentices must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work effectively with limited supervision, as well as in a team setting.
•Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to lift at least 45 lbs.

No monetary compensation is offered; however, the position is ideal for acquiring practical career experience in conservation, natural resource management, land stewardship or ecological studies. Certificate of completion is provided to successful participants. On-site housing is provided at $250/month (includes all utilities).

To apply, please send your resume with references and a cover letter to the contact below. Outline what you would hope to gain from the position and how your past experience makes you an ideal candidate. All training programs at the Wilds are competitive and we value placing individuals in programs that suit their career goals.

Please send application materials to:
Dr. Rebecca Swab
Director of Restoration Ecology, The Wilds
14000 International Road, Cumberland, OH 43732
[email protected]
740.638.5030 ext. 2084