TITLE: Inventory and Monitoring Intern
LOCATIONS: Mammoth Cave, KY
STATUS: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt
STIPEND: $200.00/week – paid out biweekly
HEALTH BENEFITS: Not Health Benefit Eligible
OTHER BENEFITS: Housing in the park, uniform shirts, protective equipment, trainings. Other development opportunities as available.
START/END DATE: 10/20/19 - 10/1/20 (some flexibility)
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults to complete conservation work projects on public, private and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. SECC fosters the personal development of corpsmembers through environmental stewardship projects and experiential learning. Through community partnerships, SECC provides hands-on job training opportunities to young adults while simultaneously meeting natural resource needs throughout the Southeast.
SECC positions focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SECC also provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
OVERVIEW OF INVENTORY AND MONITORING INTERNSHIP:
The primary goals of the Inventory & Monitoring Program are to: Inventory the natural resources under National Park Service stewardship to determine their nature and status. Monitor park ecosystems to better understand their dynamic nature and condition and to provide reference points for comparisons with other, altered environments. Establish natural resource inventory and monitoring as a standard practice throughout the National Park system that transcends traditional program, activity, and funding boundaries. Integrate natural resource inventory and monitoring information into National Park Service planning, management, and decision making. Share National Park Service accomplishments and information with other natural resource organizations and form partnerships for attaining common goals and objectives.
This position will benefit the environment by providing assistance to the National Park Service (NPS) with the inventory and monitoring of natural resources on multiple park units within the Southeast Region. Position will include a variety of tasks related to monitoring of natural resources such as: cave fauna, water quality, air quality, vegetation, and/or wildlife. This work will jointly benefit the Inventory and Monitoring Program as well as the Science and Natural Resources Program of the National Park Service.
The candidate’s main project will involve assistance with inventory and monitoring at 14 national park units within the Cumberland Piedmont Network. This work will jointly benefit the Inventory and Monitoring Program, as well as park Resource Management programs, and will advance the data needs of the NPS. This project will improve knowledge regarding ecosystems of the 14 national park units within the Southeast Region of NPS. Assistance will include activities such as monitoring of cave fauna, air/water quality, wildlife, and/or vegetation. Ideally, this work will help park staff interpret the status and importance of natural resources within the park, and help identify resource threats and stressors that are both internal and external to the park (such as invasive exotic species).
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
Intern will: Assist with analysis of imagery, data entry, and fieldwork related to the monitoring of cave vital signs (cave aquatic biota/cave bats/cave crickets); Assist crews with forest vegetation, rare plants monitoring, foliar injury, and invasive species early detection; Assist crews with water quality monitoring; Assist curatorial specialist with herbarium specimens and other records.
Essential Functions: navigate to sites, help take samples, record data.
Sept or Oct, 2019 - Sept or Oct, 2020 (some flexibility)
COMPENSATION: Interns are paid an living stipend of $200.00 per week (direct deposited biweekly) before taxes, via direct deposit. Dorm housing within the park is also provided to interns. Upon successful completion of their term, interns will receive a Segal AmeriCorps education award for tuition at Title IV accredited learning institutions, AmeriCorps approved non-traditional continued education or paying off student loans.
PARTICIPATION AND EXPEDITION BEHAVIOR: Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason. Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable. Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff. Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.
SAFETY AND JUDGMENT: Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds. Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others. Respond appropriately to stress or crises. If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
OUTDOOR SKILLS AND FITNESS (WHERE APPROPRIATE): Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries. Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
SUBSTANCE FREE: In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Frequently required to hike over rough terrain, walk, sit, talk and listen. Required to use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and the ability to focus. Frequently required to drive an SECC or NPS vehicle, and must be able to speak, understand, write and read English. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to preform essential functions.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree (complete or in progress) in biological sciences, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate for position. Applicant should be self-motivated, highly organized, and able to follow detailed protocols. Preferred qualifications include caving skills, computer skills, and capability to perform fieldwork. Intern will need to analyze images/videos and assist with data entry using computers. Intern should be capable of fieldwork which may occur at times in rugged terrain and in caves with long field days. GIS/GPS experience is a plus.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: All applicants must pass a criminal background and motor vehicle background check prior to hiring.
THIS PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO ALL ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS, WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY, AGE, SEX, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR RELIGION.
TO APPLY: Follow the SECC link and complete the vegetation monitoring internship application. INCLUDE: 3 references, resume and copy of your transcripts.
INCLUDE: 3 REFERENCES, RESUME AND COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS (UNOFFICIAL OKAY). You can put the references in a word doc and up load it along side your resume. A cover letter is encouraged but not required.
If you have questions about the position contact:
If you have questions about the application process contact: Chattanooga, TN office Matt Cottam Individual Placements Coordinator (423) 876-9378 email@example.com
Job Location Mammoth Cave, KY United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular
Required Skills Required Experience