About the SCI Program
The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission. This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, help preserve loon populations on Squam, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction.
This is an unpaid volunteer internship, with a food and travel reimbursement, and housing provided. Interns will be required to spend nights out on the islands. We select eight interns each year all with a great attitude and commitment to the SLA's mission who enjoy hard work and aren't afraid to get dirty. The real benefits to interns are the training and experience along with the location here on beautiful Squam Lake. On days off interns swim, explore the White Mountain National Forest, paddle or sail (boats available at our Resource Center), or head out for a bike ride on quiet back roads or some of the area’s single track.
Our past interns have gone on to great things! Here are a few examples:
Graduate study at Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment; NOAA-certified research diver; Biologist, Loon Preservation Committee; Wildlife Law Officer (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources); Conservation Intern Manger, SLA; Principle, Milfoil Extractors, LLC; Field Investigator at Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Outdoor Education and Outreach Coordinator at Texas Parks and Wildlife; Fish Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska; PhD Candidate in environmental chemistry, University of Vermont; Program Director, Newfound Lake Region Association; NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Wilderness First Aid Instructor; Naturalist, Naturalists-At-Large, California; Program Leader, Wilderness Ventures, Camp Director, SLA.
- Scuba diving certification
- Weed control diver certification
- Lake Host certification
- NH Safe Boating certification
- NH Commercial boating license
- Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications
- Housing with kitchen facilities
- Travel reimbursement (intern location dependent)
- Weekly Food reimbursement
Internship Candidate Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age by May 23, 2017
- Must be a competent swimmer
- Able to lift 50 pounds
- Able to carry and use heavy tools while hiking
- Able to hike at least 8 miles in a day
- Able to work independently and with a group
- Available from May 23, 2017 through August 23, 2017 (interns can request special permission to leave no earlier than August 18, 2017, if they have school related commitment)
- Must apply online
- Must pass all certification exams
Below is a typical week in the life of an SLA Intern, after the intensive, month-long training period. Each day will be assigned one of seven designations (Camping, Dive, Education, Lake Host, Off, Other, and Trail Host). Interns spend most of their time diving or camping. This schedule rotates weekly, and interns will work each position consecutively, providing the opportunity to experience all aspects of the program. Click schedule below to enlarge.
Click on the following links for more information about the schedule:
Important Information and Links
SCI Leadership The Squam Conservation Internship is a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of the SLA’s work. Because of the diversity of the intern experience, the efforts of our interns fall under different departments within the SLA.
The SCI experience
- Squam Conservation Intern Journal. Our interns are asked to write about their experience with the SLA. The Intern Journal chronicles the daily lives of interns.
- Past Squam Conservation Intern Experiences. After a summer on Squam, interns have a lot to say about their experience with the SLA. Here are some of their reflections.
- Adventure Ecology Programs. Every summer our interns coordinate and run educational programs that are open to the public. Here are this year's adventure ecology programs and the programs of the past.
- Endless Milfoil: A Day in the Life of a Conservation Intern. This video by 2015 intern Julian Dahl captures a dive day on Squam.
- SLA video. This video by 2016 intern Stevie Raymond shows much of the work performed by the SLA, and our interns.