Currently Hiring for the Following Positions

Ornithology Research Intern

Riveredge Nature Center has a 30 year history of surveying its resident and migrating avian populations. We are looking for an individual to assist in the collection of this June’s breeding bird survey across 177 acres of varied habitat, project historic point data into ArcGIS, and analyze shifts in bird populations over time.

Interested in learning more? Find details and application instructions in the Position Description.

Application deadline extended till April 1st.

Land Stewardship Intern

The intern will work with Riveredge land management staff to assist with land stewardship and preservation objectives. Student will gain experience in natural area assessments and management, plant species identification, invasive species management, safe herbicide use and application, restoration forestry, GIS mapping and data collection. At this time, stewardship interns are not compensated.

Interested in learning more? Find details and application instructions in the Land Stewardship Position Description.

2015 Summer Research Interns


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Caleb Jenks

Caleb grew up in Jefferson County, and was active in cross country, track, Boy Scouts, and youth group.  He has loved nature, particularly wildlife from an early age, and have had numerous pets such as turtles, salamanders, and dogs. Caleb is a recent graduate Carthage College where he received a biology degree.  In addition, he  enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, and endurance sports, pretty much anything outdoors.  When he is not working, he can usually be found training for his first marathon, hiking with his dog, cycling, or taking care of his pets.  After this summer, he his hoping to pursue a career as a full time naturalist, working in both education and research. Caleb’s project this summer will be assisting the Research & Conservation Team in aquatic surveys on Riveredge Creek as well as various other biological surveys throughout the summer.

Ben Amann 

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Ben Amann is a native of Slinger, Wisconsin, and a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  At school he double majored in Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on water resources management and human/environment interactions.  He have a strong passion for sustainable agriculture, and is currently pursuing opportunities as a hydroponics consultant.  Ben began working at Riveredge Nature Center as a Sturgeon Volunteer in the summer of 2013, came back for an Internship in the summer of 2014, and accepted a Fellowship position for the summer of 2016.  His hobbies include fishing, hiking, gardening, and long walks with his dog, Java.  Ben will be working on independent research projects including creating a methodology for delineating aspen clones and determining overall clone age and health as well as determining the sediment depth and contouring of Farm Pond, creating educational signage and plant signs and conducting educational programming at Woodland Harvest, and will be co-managing the Streamside Rearing Facility.

Kathy Macco-WebsterKathy

Kathy is from DePere, WI,  and a recent graduate from UW-Platteville where she studied zoology and animal science.  Her degree has provided opportunities to work with and research many kinds of organisms. In her free time, she love to crochet, sew, and play with her pet rat. In the future, Kathy wants to pursue graduate school in ecology.  She will be assisting in a breeding bird survey within the 110 acres of the Riveredge Forest Management  Zone (along the Milwaukee River) and analyzing historical Riveredge bird data.