ACE/NPS West Virginia: New River Gorge Wildlife and GIS Internship – AmeriCorps

Agency
American Conservation Experience
Location
Glen Jean, WV
Job Category
Internships
Website
https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/137206.html
Salary
$250/week, eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,538.36)
Start Date
05/28/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/10/2017
Description
Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with New River Gorge (NERI) National River in West Virginia is seeking ONE Wildlife/GIS Intern to dedicate 12 weeks to the NERI Natural Resource Management and GIS staff to promote conservation through conducting wildlife surveys, assist with research studies, and a GIS project that maps the infrastructure utilities above and below ground at park facilities. These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, emerging professionals with a background in biology, zoology, wildlife, GIS, environmental science, and natural resource management who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through learning and commitment to the New River Gorge National Rivers' professional staff and resources.

Start Date: May 28, 2017 (flexible by 1-2 weeks)
End Date: August 20, 2017
* A 12-week commitment is required *

Location: New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, West Virginia.

New River Gorge National River (NERI) is located in southern West Virginia and encompasses 70,000 acres and 53 miles of one of the oldest rivers on the continent. NERI is home to a vast array of natural and cultural resources. Renowned for its recreational opportunities, NERI host miles of hiking and biking trails, premiere white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and camping.

Park staff also manages nearby Bluestone National Scenic River (BLUE) and Gauley River National Recreation Area (GARI). BLUE protects 10.5 miles of free flowing river and offers a rich variety of natural resources and history along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail. GARI protects 25 miles of the Gauley River and 6 miles of Meadow River. Known for its multiple class V rapids, GARI is one of the most adventurous rivers in the east.

Project Website: For more information about the park, please visit their website at:
https://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm,
https://www.nps.gov/blue/index.htm,
https://www.nps.gov/gari/index.htm. For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:
http://www.usaconservation.org/.

Compensation: The ACE intern will be expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week. The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel, though a personal vehicle is required for time off and transportation to/from the park. Housing is provided at no cost to the intern by the park and consists of a furnished house located 6 miles from park headquarters and 13 miles to the nearest grocery store. Absolutely no pets are permitted in government housing.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1538.36) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description: The duties of the intern will be divided between assisting with wildlife surveys and GIS projects.

Wildlife Surveys:
Assist the wildlife technician with amphibian and invertebrate surveys for a research study that is determining the effects on an insecticide (imidacloprid) on these animal populations. This will require amphibian identification, measurement, and data recording.
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) is a collaborative effort to assist the conservation of birds through demographic monitoring. Ten mist nets are erected at a permanent location and birds that are caught are identified, measured, banded, and released.
With the presence of White Nose Syndrome (WNS), bat surveys have become very important to measuring population decline. The intern will assist with acoustic bat surveys and mine portal surveys.

GIS Projects:
Assist with a project to locate and GPS infrastructure utilities above and below ground at park facilities, download GPS data and update GIS databases for park infrastructure.
Contribute to producing infrastructure map of each park facility. To accomplish this, the intern will be involved in the research of existing condition mapping, interviewing staff with institutional knowledge and collecting locations in the field.
The intern may be involved in additional GIS/GPS projects as needs arise.

Training: The wildlife intern will be trained in field survey protocols for the research projects, data collection, proper wildlife handling techniques, identification, CPR and first aid, and safety. Cross-training opportunities are encouraged and can include: water quality sampling and analyses, electrofishing, aquatic invertebrate sampling, invasive species management, vegetation management, and interpretive programs/education.

Physical Demands: Since wildlife surveys take place during the early morning or late at night, the intern will be exposed to serving in dark conditions, where the terrain can be rough, steep, and slippery. Conducting survey also requires hiking into remote backcountry locations with heavy equipment on uneven surfaces. The intern should be willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions for long periods of time.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as biology, zoology, wildlife, GIS, environmental science, conservation, natural resource management, or a related discipline.

Required:
Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
Between the ages of 18 and 35
Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation, personal vehicle required
English proficiency required
Effective communication skills
Desire to learn and apply new concepts
Ability to serve well with others and individually
Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field
Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in physical labor
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required

Preferred:
Basic GPS skills
Experience conducting field research
Wildlife identification skills including amphibians, birds, and bats
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website: usaconservation.org

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or pwoodruff@usaconservation.org.
Qualifications
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as biology, zoology, wildlife, GIS, environmental science, conservation, natural resource management, or a related discipline.

Required:
Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
Between the ages of 18 and 35
Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation, personal vehicle required
English proficiency required
Effective communication skills
Desire to learn and apply new concepts
Ability to serve well with others and individually
Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field
Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in physical labor
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required

Preferred:
Basic GPS skills
Experience conducting field research
Wildlife identification skills including amphibians, birds, and bats

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
Contact Person
Peter Woodruff
Contact Phone
801-989-7069
Contact eMail
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