May 12, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
The forestry tech intern at Carolina Sandhills NWR will collect data that will be used to manage endangered species habitat. As a forestry tech intern you will collect forest stand data to be used in conducting habitat improvement projects on the 46,000-acre refuge; mark and tally timber; mark stand boundaries, log decks and skid trails; conduct timber cruises; record ﬁeld data appropriately and accurately; use support tools such as GPS/GIS and timber cruising software. Located in Chesterﬁeld County, South Carolina, the refuge was established in 1939 to restore and maintain the longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem. On the refuge, rolling beds of sandy soils, extensive longleaf pine forest, thirty man-made lakes, and numerous small creeks and tributaries serve as habitat to support more than 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians, and over 750 plant species. The refuge uses various management techniques, including prescribed burning, to maintain this ecosystem, and also supports the largest population of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on US Fish and Wildlife Service lands.
Inventory longleaf pine habitat, assist with sales monitoring and administration, assist with some wildlife monitoring
The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is dominated by the longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem and supports a wide variety of plants and animals including 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, and 25 species of amphibians. It is one of more than 500 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Several state and federally listed threatened and endangered species are found on the Refuge, including the Pine Barrens Tree Frog, and the Southern Bald Eagle. The Refuge is also home to the largest population of the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker on Fish and Wildlife Service lands.
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected