BFS Locations

Main Laboratory
5838 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-8778
Fax: 607-547-5114


Lakeside Farm &
Upland Interpretive Center

7027 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY
(physical address)

Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Rum Hill
Thurston Hill Rd.
Springfield, NY


Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary
7290 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY


Greenwoods Conservancy
824 Zachow Rd.
Hartwick, NY 13348


Upper Research Site
Averill Rd.
Cooperstown, NY




High School Internships


Intern collecting water sampleSummer Internship in Field Biology and
Environmental Monitoring

High school internships are open to individuals age 16 or older as of June 20th. The number of positions available to High School students varies from 1-3 depending on funding for a given year. At least one position must be filled by an Otsego County, NY resident, and so in the case that only one position is available, we are required to choose an Otsego County resident if a suitable candidate exists. Students from locales outside of Otsego County are absolutely encouraged to apply, but should be aware of this potential restriction AND must be prepared to arrange housing for themselves.

Application Process
In order to be considered for an internship position the BFS must receive a completed application package by 5:00pm on Friday, April 8th 2016. Late applications may be considered in the case that specific positions remain unfilled; contact the BFS with inquiries.

A complete application package consists of the following 3 items (click below to download the MS Word Files):

  • Application Form: to be completed by the applicant (must be age 16 or older to apply)
  • 2 Recommendation Forms: to be completed by 2 different individuals who will provide insight into the applicant's character and abilities.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that 2 different individuals each submit a completed recommendation form. Recommendation forms are to be submitted directly by the referees. It is important that applicants understand that their applications will not be considered complete unless both of their referees have completed and sent recommendation forms.

Completed forms can be submitted by email or by US Mail. 
E-mail Submissions may be sent to Jeane Bennett-O'Dea:

Hard-Copy submissions should be mailed to:
Jeane Bennett-O'Dea
Biological Field Station
5838 State Highway 80.
Cooperstown, NY 13326


Housing is not currently available at the BFS for high school students; please consider this before applying for an internship if you are not within commuting distance of the SUNY Oneonta Campus or the Biological Field Station (north of Cooperstown, NY). See the FAQs for more housing and transportation information.