The Arkansas Conservation Intern will assist the Terrestrial Ecologist in work carried out under the Terrestrial Monitoring and Measures Program. The goal of this program is to demonstrate and promote adaptive natural resource management through data collection and analysis, and by effectively communicating results to partners and stakeholders. In the spring and summer, the Terrestrial Ecologist is actively involved in plant community monitoring efforts throughout the state, on TNC preserves, State Natural Areas, and National Forests. The Conservation Intern will help with these efforts, ensuring that monitoring data are collected using correct protocols, so that they can be relied upon to inform natural resource management decisions. Monitoring efforts typically involve day-long trips to work locations, but some multi-day efforts will require overnight travel.
The Arkansas Conservation GLOBE intern will also work with other conservation programs as needed, including our Upland River Restoration Program and Mississippi Delta Program. The intern will collect water quality data at our floodplain reconnection and wetland restoration project sites in the Mississippi Delta. The River Restoration team will also require assistance with bank stability assessments (using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index protocol) and river restoration projects (construction and riparian revegetation). In addition, the intern may assume some responsibility for preserve maintenance and general stewardship tasks. In these situations, the intern will be expected to communicate directly with other program directors and staff, under the guidance of the Terrestrial Ecologist.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Depending on project needs and the requisite skills involved, the intern may be given responsibility for completing the following tasks:
- Operating data recorders, dictating information, data pre- and post-processing using computer software (may include Excel, SAS, and photo managing software)
- Measuring vegetation attributes using specialized tools
- Taking digital photographs at predetermined locations
- Collecting plant specimens
- Operating a GPS and/or GPS capable mobile device to navigate and locate features in remote areas
- Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys and field guides (in the field or in the office)
- Maintaining the plant herbarium, and preparing and organizing equipment prior to field work
- HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2017, 2018, or 2019) of Biology, Conservation, Environmental Studies or related field, or equivalent
- Valid driver’s license and compliance with Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program for using staff vehicle to travel to preserves (see Auto Safety Policy section)
- Willingness to work with minors and ability to meet internal Youth Safety qualification standards. To be Youth Qualified, one must 1) consent to and successfully complete a background screening; 2) sign the Commitment to Youth Safety; and, 3) complete two online courses (approximately 30 minutes each) through Learn@TNC
- Experience and/or coursework involving natural systems and natural systems management techniques.
- Ability to effectively carry out work both independently and in a collaborative setting with TNC employees, partners, interns, and volunteers.
- Experience and/or coursework with analyzing, manipulating, and interpreting data which may include statistics
- Coursework, training and/or experience with ArcGIS software to manage GIS data and create maps
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
- This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a 10-week term of June 3 – August 9, 2019.
- TNC summer housing is provided
- Travel throughout Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma
- Safely and effectively carry out assigned tasks under variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
$12.50/per hour (undergrads) and $14.50/per hour (graduate and recently graduated level students)
The Nature Conservancy's GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:
- Contribution to diversity of The Nature Conservancy. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization.
- Understanding of communities and skills that aid in the trust building process essential for collaborative efforts with urban communities, organizations and leaders—ability to cross boundaries, find common ground and work together across differences
- Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.
- Commitment to Equity. Applicant shows an understanding of inequity and its context and has experience with engagement and inclusion of those from disadvantaged and/or underserved communities
INTERN SELECTION PROCESS
- Applications will be screened for eligibility, qualifications and experience level related to the project;
- Applicants will be notified of next steps in the process (within 3 weeks after the posting date ends)
- 2-3 telephone interviews will be conducted for selected applicants;
- Additional information may be required before making a final decision;
- All applicants will be notified of final selection by late-March
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
HOW TO APPLY
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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