Student Opportunities at Muller Field Station
Students in our Environmental Science and Conservation programs benefit from the hands-on learning experiences at Muller Field Station. Find out how you can get involved with an internship or participate in a variety of exciting events and meaningful research projects.
Gain Natural Resource Management Experience
The environmental work at Muller Field Station is more than a student learning experience; it's producing meaningful results for the regional ecosystem as well. Since our founding in 1999, black bears and fishers have naturally returned to the area, and river otters have been restored through a release program. As a student at FLCC, you can take part in this exciting and important work in a variety of ways.
Gain valuable experience contributing to long-term ecological monitoring and stewardship projects.
Paid internship opportunities are available each semester. Developed in partnership with government agencies and non-profit organizations, these applied experiences propel students towards their career with greater skill sets and professional networks.
FLCC Conservation Internship Projects:
- Biomonitoring and Native Seed Collection
- Breeding Bird Atlas
- Camera Trap Monitoring
- Conservation Education
- Finger Lakes National Forest Service Interns
- Fish Culture (Walleye Propagation)
- Fisher Diet Analysis
- Grassland Bird Monitoring
- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Monitoring
- Herptile Mapping and Monitoring
- Invasive Species Mapping and Management
- Lake Monitoring
- Nestbox Monitoring
- Spongy Moth Monitoring
- Squirrel Bite Monitoring
- Stream Gauge Monitoring
Muller Field Station serves as the natural classroom for the following FLCC courses:
- Ecology Lab (CON 202L or BIO 221L)
- Fish Culture Techniques (CON 218)
- Wetland Science and Practice (CON 235)
- Wetland Mammals (CON 236)
- Winter Ecological Adaptations and Field Techniques (BIO 210)
The field station also hosts many scientific and social outings for students throughout the year.
On the first warm, rainy nights of spring, many students join the team of volunteers helping rescue and record the thousands of salamanders migrating across Rt. 36 to the field station's breeding habitat. Staff-led Woodcock Walks reveal the marvels of the mating flights of the American woodcock in field stations' shrubby old fields and young forests.
These are just two examples of the various nature walks, channel paddles, stewardship workdays, identification workshops, campfires gatherings, camp-outs, and more that students may participate in each semester at the MFS.
Student groups are also welcome to plan their own retreats at Muller Field Station.
Muller Field Station offers many opportunities for in-depth research.
On-going, long-term studies include grassland bird surveys, songbird nest box studies, amphibian monitoring, walleye propagation, invasive species mapping and management, water quality, native plant restoration, wildlife camera trap research, and more.
Students are also invited to propose independent research projects that further advance our understanding of this dynamic ecosystem and its inhabitants.
Environmental Science and Conservation Degrees at FLCC
Our 250-acre campus has an on-site arboretum, greenhouse, nature trails, and research facilities designed for hands-on wildlife education. If you're interested in careers that involve environmental science and natural resource management, check out these four programs:
Our science and math courses combined with applied learning in the natural world prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Build relationships with conservation experts and agencies throughout the region while completing a series of undergraduate research projects.
Environmental Conservation: Law Enforcement
Prepare for a career in civil service as a New York State Environmental Conservation Officer. This unique program combines hands-on experience in wildlife conservation with law enforcement courses taught by professionals.
Fish and Wildlife Technology
This program provides students with fundamental biology concepts and hands-on experiences with fish and wildlife monitoring equipment. Use an electro-fishing boat, practice lab skills, and develop ethical sampling techniques as you study regional wildlife throughout the Finger Lakes.
Natural Resources Conservation
Gain the environmental knowledge and technical training necessary for a variety of career paths involving land and water stewardship. Learn about forestry, wildland fire suppression, wetland monitoring, and more. Prepare for a career as a field technician or environmental educator.
MFS Strategic Plan
Our 2021-2026 strategic plan states our goals and describes how we are making environmental conservation education and stewardship science more accessible every day.
Faculty & StaffMaura Sullivan
Director of Muller Field Station
Maura.Sullivan@flcc.edu Alexandria Esposito
Assistant Director of Muller Field Station
Alexandria.Esposito@flcc.edu Chelsea Gendreau
Conservation Education Outreach Coordinator
LocationFLCC Muller Field Station
6455 County Road 36, Honeoye, NY 14471 FLCC Canandaigua Campus
3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424