Teaching volunteers invaluable skills that will help them produce their own sustenance, utilize a variety of tools for common home and garden projects, and observe proper environmental practices for the rest of their lives.

Internships are open to enrolled S.T.A.T.E. volunteers only

Miss Sue’s Seedlings Assistant at Avalon (Spring Term)

March-June 2018

(Average 2 hours every other week)


If you enjoy working with children this may be a great opportunity for you! You will be assisting Miss Sue in setting up crafts, hiking with students ensuring the group stays together, and facilitating activities. Miss Sue is looking for students (9th-12th graders) who can commit to a total of 7 weekdays in the session, for each of these volunteer assistant positions. The class sizes are approximately 10 children. We will be accepting 1 student for each of the three sessions (total of 3 students).

Click here for spring 2018 class options and dates. 


  • Must enjoy working with children K – 4th grade
  • Be able to hike for up to an hour at a time in all weather.
  • Commit to ALL classes scheduled for their internship. 


  • Show up on time.
  • Help with all set up and clean up for classes.
  • Hike with students
  • Assist students in with projects.

Apply Now!

  • To apply, please e-mail state@avalonparkandpreserve.org with your top two choices of class preference.
  • E-mails will be accepted until February 14th 2018
  • E-mails received after February 14th will not be reviewed. 
  • You will be notified via e-mail, regarding if you were selected during the week of February 19th.

Deer Immunocontraception Program

March-August 2018

(Average 2-4 hours/week from March-May, 8-10 hours/week from June-August)

Upon evaluation and feedback at the end of the season, there is the potential to return and participate in this internship for the following year.


Northern white-tailed deer have been densely populating areas in Stony Brook Village, and continue to face increasing threats. Safely and effectively stabilizing the deer population is not an easy feat, but action needs to be taken. Upon taking this into consideration, a new long-term deer sterilization study has been approved for park staff and volunteers to collaborate on. We need five enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to set up feeding stations and PIT tag readers, collect data from wildlife camera videos and from reports by the general public, graph the data in order to analyze the long-term trends in this study, as well as to educate the public and spread awareness regarding human-deer conflicts.

If you are interested in wildlife tracking/tagging, enjoy learning about animals, have strong communication skills, want to expand your science research skills through firsthand field experience, and work well in pairs or with a small team, then this opportunity may be for you!


  • Flexibility of working both indoors and outdoors; you will be doing data collection and fieldwork.
  • Must be able to hike up to 2 miles in all weather
  • Able to speak to the public about the study and collect deer count reports from residents.


  • Commit to one weekend day each week for data collection; we will have a schedule set up alternating volunteers for the remainder of the school year.
  • Must commit to field season hours over the summer, we could potentially be meeting multiple times a week (schedule will be determined).
  • Record data from drone/wildlife camera footage
  • Handle field equipment safely and effectively
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner representing Avalon Park & Preserve, while interacting with the general public.
  • Other duties as instructed by Avalon Park staff and research staff.

    • Applications will be accepted until 11:45 PM EST on February 28th 2018.
    • Applications received after February 28th will not be reviewed.
    • You will be notified via e-mail, regarding if you were selected during the week of March 5th.

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