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Barrington Area Conservation Trust 2020 Summer Internship Program
OBJECTIVE: This internship provides a hands-on opportunity to explore, learn, and participate in a variety of scientific methods utilized in the environmental field.

PROJECTS MAY INCLUDE: Physical and biological stream monitoring and submission to Riverwatch database; authentic data collection and analysis of preserves; social media posting; invasive plant and native plant species identification; monarch habitat research.

TIME COMMITMENT: (1 week -- select the time that works for you)

June 8-12, M-F 9am-12pm* OR June 8-12, M-F 2-5pm*

*Mandatory attendance at internship presentation night in August(date TBD) at Barrington Area Library from 7-9pm.

The internship provides invaluable experience for your college resume as well as insight into possible career opportunities. You will learn a variety of scientific methods utilized in the environmental field. While this internship is unpaid and you will not earn volunteer hours for this experience, it provides education beyond the classroom, and it is a foundation for future work. BACT does offer a large variety of other fun volunteer opportunies.

LOCATION: BACT office in the Barrington White House at 145 W. Main Street (across from Jewel) or the Pederson Preserve at the corner of Lake Cook Road and Hart Road.

ELIGIBILITY: To be considered, you must be:
- a current high school student, including incoming freshmen through seniors who graduate the spring immediately before the program.
- Must commit to program dates and times.
- As a final evaluation tool, potential participants are required to attend an informal interview.
- Applications due May 1st. A maximum of 5 students will be accepted for each session.
- Once selected, participants will be required to fill out a BACT liability and photo release consent form.

- Free to BACT members
- Or $50 fee which includes BACT annual membership for one adult member of the family once accepted into the program. ($100 family membership also available.) – visit to join online or mail a check with this form payable to Barrington Area Conservation Trust. Payment due after interview and upon acceptance into the program.

Use this application to tell us who you are. In particular, we want to know about your strengths, interests, and experiences in these areas:
- Interest in ecology or environmental
- Experience and interest in spending time outdoors
- Leadership skills and/or responsibility
- Participation with extracurricular groups or volunteer organizations

Completed applications must be received by May 6th. Submit application online and mail payment to:
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
145 West Main Street, Suite 201
Barrington, IL 60010
Attn: Susan Lenz

For more information regarding the Barrington Area Conservation Trust, check our our website: Contact Susan Lenz at with questions.

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