The National Park Service’s Southeast Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network Coastal Program is seeking an enthusiastic, responsible, and meticulous individual to work with coastal shoreline change and salt marsh monitoring projects. This position will assist the Coastal Ecologist in planning and executing physical science monitoring efforts at coastal parks located in the Southeast. These parks include: Canaveral National Seashore, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Fort Frederica National Monument, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and Cape Lookout National Seashore. For more detailed information about these projects and our parks, please visit our website at https://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/secn/.
The coastal shoreline change monitoring project involves working on the beach both on foot and with the use of Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) or All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The Salt Marsh monitoring project involves accessing salt marsh monitoring stations by boat and working on narrow structures suspended over the marsh. Both projects require the ability to drive and maneuver large trucks with a trailer or trailered boat on roads, in parking areas, and on boat ramps. You will receive basic training in general safety, boat safety, use of power tools, use of ATV/UTV, and Motorboat Operation training (if applicable). Previous boat and UTV/ATV experience is not required, but it is highly desired. In general, you will need to be comfortable being on the water, in isolated environments, have a safety conscious attitude, and exercise good judgement. After the first two field trips, you will assume the field lead position and will be responsible for equipment inventory and maintenance, field preparations, and data management (data collection and entry). For this position, experience with GPS and GIS is required. You will be trained to collect, post-process, and manage geospatial data. Once trained you may assist in training others using these methods and techniques. You will occasionally assist in other physical science and monitoring efforts, which may include supporting stream monitoring and terrestrial monitoring efforts. These efforts may include deploying recording devices, performing stream surveys, and other ancillary duties. In addition to general office duties, such as scanning, copying, and filing documents, etc., you will be expected to assist in editing and providing feedback on standard operating procedures.
This position is based in Jacksonville, Fl and housing is provided. Housing is provided at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and consists of a private room with shared bathroom, living, and kitchen areas. A personal vehicle is required to get from housing to the office. The position also requires extensive multi-day trips to the Southeast parks to conduct field work. Additional funds are available in the internship budget to cover all duty-related travel, including hotel lodging fees and meal per diem. You will be responsible for complex field logistics, including making the appropriate reservations for your duty-related travel and hotel accommodations. This position entails a high level of responsibility and initiative. The ability to work efficiently, independently, and be detail oriented is essential. Previous experience organizing and leading field efforts is preferred. Good leadership skills, commitment to program mission, and respect for authority are essential.