Southeast Exotic Plant Management Fellows

Expected Dates
October 1, 2014 to August 4, 2015
Congaree National Park
Position ID

The Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team (SEC-EPMT) is a travelling team based at Congaree National Park, the largest remaining tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the Southeast.  The SEC-EPMT serves 15 National Park units across the Carolinas, Georgia, and Alabama, ranging from protected seashores and forested wilderness to urban recreational areas and preserved cultural landscapes, including forts and battlegrounds from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  Interns will arrive at Congaree for a couple weeks of training, then move to SEC-EPMT partner park Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah, GA.  Interns will be stationed at Fort Pulaski for three months battling invasive plant species at this cultural Civil War park.  For the remainder of the internship, the selected team will relocate back to Congaree to serve as crewmembers on the SEC-EPMT.   Throughout the term Interns will have community outreach and volunteer recruitment opportunities at parks with visitors and volunteers.  While based at Congaree, the team will travel on a work schedule of eight consecutive ten hour working days to various National Park units, then return to Congaree for six scheduled days off before traveling to the next park for eight, ten hour work days.  Interns will control invasive plants using both manual and chemical methods (65%), perform distribution mapping of non-native plants using GPS (10%), community outreach and volunteer recruitment (10%)  and assist with additional resource management projects (15%).

Intern will receive training on chainsaw and brushcutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck and trailer driving, hand tool use, volunteer recruitment and management and see a variety of beautiful parks located in the Southeast.  The crew will be manually removing invasive vegetation in both urban and rural NPS sites.  The team will live together while in travel status, so the ability to get along with others is vital.  The housing accommodations will vary from rustic park housing to hotels, but while traveling, camping will not be required.  The program is interested in mature crewmembers with initiative, leadership ability, patience, and an intense work ethic who have a desire to expand their resumes.

We request all applicants:
-Be 21 or older
-Pass a government background check
-Have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and a personal vehicle (not to be used for work, just for personal use, remember you have six days off at a time!)
-Must commit to entire duration of Internship
-Have strong back, knees, and ankles: (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them, and endanger you
-Must at times work in poison ivy infested landscapes, (if you have strong reaction to P.I., beware!)
-Must live in tight quarters with small group of people (If you NEED your own space, this internship cannot provide it!)

  • Congaree National Park is a stunningly beautiful and very special place.
    This park protects the largest contiguous tract of old growth floodplain
    hardwood forest in the southeast. Our boundaries encompass approximately 27,000 acres the majority of which is designated wilderness. In general, the climate is mild with very, very hot and humid summers. Columbia is also
    a very nice city with much to keep you busy and entertained. There are many
    hiking opportunities within a short drive of the city and this is a
    wonderful place to be if you are a paddler. Columbia is also only about 2
    hours from the mountains and 1.5 hours from the ocean.
    For more info:

    The Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team serves:
    • Cape Hatteras National Seashore/ Wright Brothers National Memorial/ Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
    • Cape Lookout National Seashore
    • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
    • Congaree National Park
    • Cumberland Island National Seashore
    • Fort Frederica National Monument
    • Fort Pulaski National Monument
    • Fort Sumter National Monument/ Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
    • Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
    • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
    • Moores Creek National Battlefield
    • Ocmulgee National Monument

  • S-212 Chain Saw certification, proper use and handling of herbicides, GPS and GIS training, Trailering, First Aid and CPR, other TBD.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of field researchers and scientists who are currently working on projects through the Old Growth Bottomland Hardwood Forest Research and Education Center.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience