By Hana Zayatz

The Association to Preserve Cape Cod was founded in 1968 and since then, it has been the leading non-profit organization in restoring and protecting the many unique habitats here on Cape Cod. Their goal is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod. They have been the voice for Cape Cod’s environment and natural resources for almost 60 years.

Residing in Dennis, they are currently in the process of designing a “classroom-like setting” that would be open to the public.

“Here, we would be able to educate the public about current projects while providing information about our local environment.” said Ed DeWitt, Executive Director of APCC.

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According to the APCC website, “The barn will be modernized into an education center. It will make an ideal meeting and workshop space. Modernization will include leading edge renewable energy technologies.”

Another project produced by the APCC is their Rain Barrel Initiative. They are offering rain barrels that collect rainwater for gardens and flowers, save money, repurpose a plastic barrel, and all proceeds benefit the APCC.

The APCC has also announced its 2017 Summer Internship Opportunities. These paid internships focus on environmental projects across the Cape.

“People think we only hire students from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton,” DeWitt said “but that’s not the case.”

Many wonder what exactly must be done to help with such an extensive purpose. The following are examples of just that:

  1. Climate change outreach and planning: conduct literature research, prepare outreach materials, assist with outreach events, coordinate groups and individuals, assist with translating science into policies and action, and other activities.
  2. Restoration and monitoring: assist APCC’s Restoration Coordination Center, e.g., update APCC’s inventory of restoration projects, conduct field monitoring of salt marshes, fish runs and other habitats, analyze monitoring data, conduct literature research, prepare reports and outreach materials, and other activities.
  3. Map natural communities and update the Cape Cod Critical Habitats Atlas to protect sensitive habitats: map natural plant communities in the field and using aerial photographs, create GIS maps, conduct literature research, and update APCC’s interactive online Cape Cod Critical Habitats Atlas.

The APCC have helped the understanding of climate change, water quality and wastewater infrastructure, native plants, and many more.

The APCC wants to widen its range of applicants and encourage students with little to no experience to join them. They are looking for anyone with a passion for the environment and the willingness to learn. If you are interested in a 2017 Paid Summer Internship with the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, visit apcc.org/internships.

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