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Wildlife Technician Program (WTP)

Length of Program: 3 years beginning in the sophomore year of high-school
Program Description: The WTP Program provides research opportunities to high-school students in the fields of ecology, conservation biology and wildlife biology.
Wildlife Technicians (Techs) assist on various research projects while concentrating on designing and conducting their own multi-year study. Techs are mentored by Gorge staff and/or graduate students and are exposed to experimental design and field techniquest through non-traditional hands-on experience. Techs receive additional experience in wildlife ecology by assisting with graduate-level projects being conducted at the Gorge.
Candidate Qualifications: High-school sophomores must be enrolled in a multi-year research course. No GPA or work experience required. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in working in the natural sciences in an outdoor setting.
Application Procedure: WTP Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are currently available here. Candidates must complete the application and submit along with one letter of recommendation. Applicants may be contacted for an interview.
Application Deadline: Application deadline is November 15.
Acceptance Notification: Interview announcements will go out by December 1; acceptance decisions are made in January.
Questions: Please direct questions to Chris Nagy at or 914-234-3455

Upcoming Research Opportunities in 2017

  • Examining wildlife distribution and activity patterns with motion-activated cameras.
  • Developing strategies to enhance reproductive success of native turtle species.
  • Improving tools to non-invasively estimate white-tailed deer abundance.
  • Students with their own ecology-related research interests are encouraged to apply.


The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
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