Botanist intern-Maryland

National Park Service
Hagerstown, MD
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The position will be based at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Hagerstown, Maryland. The park is 185 miles in length, and incorporates nearly 60 distinct vegetative communities along the Potomac River, some of which are globally rare. The park contains over 200 state-listed rare, threatened, and endangered plant species, with observations of plant populations dating back to the 1800s. Major duties: Applicant will conduct and lead surveys for rare, threatened, and endangered plant species. Using our extant database, the intern will work closely with the park biologist to determine plant sampling schedule throughout the length of the internship. She/he will conduct targeted plant surveys for known populations in order to establish temporal trends in the condition of the species' population. Data will be used to identify potential long-term trends in population size and distribution over time. Applicant will also survey for exotic plant species and conduct reconnaissance surveys for potential impacts from construction and park infrastructure projects. Other duties: Intern will provide site-specific restoration and management plans. The Intern will co-represent the parks botanical needs at meetings with other agencies, nonprofits, and private entities. The intern will provide updates to the park GIS dataset of rare plant species, will coordinate with Maryland Natural Heritage to ensure recent discoveries of state listed plants are included in their databases and will continually update park species lists for vascular plants. The intern will work with park interpretive and natural resource staff on environmental education programs; lead plant ID walks for volunteers; update the park website and assist with social media; and will help coordinate with long-term Weed Warrior volunteers. Visits to local, regional, and national herbaria will be pursued.
The intern must have a good knowledge of eastern plants and plant communities. Knowledge of the use of ArcGIS and/or handheld GPS units is beneficial but not required. The intern needs to be flexible and self-driven; capable of working independently in a fast-paced environment with sometimes changing priorities; and able to use local flora to independently key out vascular plants to species. The park is long and linear and surveys may require a 1 to 1.5 hour drive through rural or urban settings. Applications are accepted through For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Landsman at
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