Biological Science Intern

Expected Dates
August 18, 2014 to June 21, 2015
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Position ID
The Biological Science Intern will assist the park natural resource program with invasive plants treatment and monitoring. The majority of this position will involve manual invasive plant removal and herbicide treatment. You will be trained in the safe use and applicaiton of these tools and chemicals; so past experience is not necessary, but you must have a proven safety conscious attitude and exercise good judgement. After the first month (training month) you will assume a work leader position in setting-up and tracking the field efforts associated with invasive plant project which will include recruiting,  training and organizing different types of volunteer efforts in coordination with the park’s Volunteer Program. You will document daily management efforts and data collected using data forms, and ensure others are engaging in and documenting work appropriately. You will be responsible for the project’s data entry and data management. Using advanced GPS units, you will collect spatial data in the field and participate in post-processing of spatial data. At full performance, you will be the park’s field leader in this project and will conduct training for park staff and volunteers on properly executing the procedures related to this project. You will be responsible for maintaining the inventory and organization of safety materials, PPE and chemicals used in treatment. Once at full performance, you will take a leading role in training sessions to park staff and volunteers on herbicide application and safety. You will participate in providing editing and feedback on written procedures related to this invasive plant project. You will report to the Natural Resource Program Manager weekly, or more frequently, on status of project efforts.

You will conduct water quality monitoring once per week (or more often) for the park’s BacteriAlert program. Landscaping and restoration using native plants will also be a component of this position. You will occasionally assist with other physical science and biological surveys as needed which will include the collection of vegetation cover data, rare plant surveying, vegetative stem counts for botanical species of interest, assistance with fish studies, deployment of wildlife cameras, and other ancillary duties as assigned. 

This position will entail a high level of responsibility and initiative. The ability to work efficiently and independently is essential. Past experience in organizing and coordinating complex field efforts with diverse groups of people is required. Good leadership skills, committment to program mission, and respect for authority are essential. Familiarity with the use of GPS devices is desired. GIS skills are desired, but not required.

  • Park Headquarters and park units along a 48 mile corridor of the Chattahoochee River in the north metro-Atlanta area, Georgia.
  • Safety training, training in data collection, advanced GPS usage, online ESRI ArcGIS basic courses.
  • Enrichment opportunities offered to interns at the park include spending a day with each park division, local visits to neigboring parks, participation in hosting of river activities going on at the park, basic online GIS training course.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
Field Research
competent without supervision
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
competent without supervision