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:
i. Work with supervisor and GIS tech to select and map testing sites that will provide a wide/inclusive sample size area
ii. Locate testing sites, take photo test site, and collect water samples at each designated site
iii. Keep records of sites tested, analyze samples, record and enter data from test samples into appropriate NPS databases.
iv. Keep detailed log of best practices and most successful field methods for water and stream projects
v. Hike to potential future sites to note GPS coordinates, terrain, and activity
vi. Build foundation for collecting, analyzing, and logging data collected from stream projects
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)
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.