NPS-Valley Forge National Historical Park - Natural Resource Intern

Conservation Legacy - King of Prussia, PA3.5

Full-time | Internship
Term of position is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk

King of Prussia, PA

Living Allowance:

AmeriCorps Award:
Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $2,960 (pre-tax).

Start Date:

Application Due Date:
Preference given to applicants that submit application by 8/1/2019

Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. SIPP, in partnership with the National Parks Service (NPS), is seeking an intern who will assist in planning and resource management at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The selected candidate will provide students with a concentrated, practical experience in natural resource management that affords the opportunity to apply classroom theory through a “hands-on” experience with the National Park Service.

Position Responsibilities will include:
Active involvement in a variety of activities associated with natural resource preservation, become familiar with issues that face natural resource managers, and work closely with NPS staff and partners to monitor and address those issues.
Contribute to the collection of data and implementation of projects that benefit park resources and assist park managers in achieving management goals.
Assist with collection of data and tissue samples from animals removed during lethal reduction activities to assess deer herd health and monitor for potential wildlife disease.
Learn and conduct tissue sample collection and safety procedures based on established protocols.
Assist with management of biological data using established data management protocols.
Work on a team that includes members from state and federal agencies as well as park staff from all park divisions.
Assist in monitoring water quality in the Valley Creek Watershed by downloading data from HOBO and SONDE data loggers
Develop and field test protocols for equipment maintenance, data collection and storage, and metadata creation
Help organize and input data into a database
Help upload and manage data input into new Aquarius database

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Experience with global positioning systems
Spanish language proficiency

Mandatory Requirements

Bachelor’s degree with Major in a field related to the biological sciences (e.g. wildlife and fisheries science, biology, forestry, environmental science, etc.) with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Applicants must pass a criminal background check which requires fingerprinting by park law enforcement or your local police department prior to start date.
Ability to hike up to 5-7 miles per day across varied terrain and to operate basic mechanical and electronic equipment (e.g. weed whip, GPS unit, etc.) and may include exposure to extreme weather conditions, herbicides, poisonous plants, stinging and biting insects and wild animals.

How to Apply
Apply on-line at:

Please include a resume and a one page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications. Members will be required to submit reports during their term of service.

For application questions, contact Rhea Johnson, Stewards Program Coordinator, at

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