Working as part of a team at Gateway National Recreation Area, the interns will monitor park natural resources, including threatened and endangered species, and conduct outreach to park visitors to promote shared stewardship. In this capacity, one internship will be based at Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit in Highlands, N.J., and the other will be based at Gateway's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens.
Week 1: Orientation to NPS, NPNH, and career opportunities. Introduction to NPNH sites, offices, personnel, and programming. Interns will be engaged through activities representative of the different disciplines, site visits, and presentations by park personnel and other subject matter specialists. Two additional days of training will be scheduled for all the interns, one in July and one in August.
Week 2: Resource Stewardship orientation; shorebird steward training to become familiar with: field identification of shorebirds (particularly federal and state listed species); courtship behaviors; nesting behaviors; monitoring protocols; data collection; data management; visitor outreach and engagement.
Week 3: Continue shorebird steward training.
Week 4-10: Conduct threatened and endangered species monitoring, data collection and data management; conduct visitor outreach and engagement to build shared stewardship; assist with other park natural resource activities to gain broader experience.
Week 11 – Conduct threatened and endangered species monitoring; training for identification and data collection for federally threatened sea beach amaranth; begin monitoring data collection for sea beach amaranth; conduct visitor outreach and engagement.
Week 12–17: Conduct threatened and endangered species monitoring; conduct sea beach amaranth monitoring and data collection; conduct visitor outreach and engagement.
Week 18 – Data management; assist with data summaries; close out monitoring activities
• Proficiency in shorebird field identification
• Proficiency in identification of federal and state listed shorebirds
• Assist GATE with threatened and endangered species monitoring, data collection and data management.
• Visitor outreach and engagement to build shared stewardship for protection of beach species.
Allowance Rates (pre-tax)
- Living Allowance: $600/week
- Travel Grant: $650 (if non-local)
- AmeriCorps Education Award: $2,474 (based upon successful completion of the position).
It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.
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Position ID: PO-00733975
Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - September 8, 2023
26 Hudson Road
Highlands, NJ 107732
Training Provided: One week of training and orientation to NPNH resources, NPS careers, and special topics.
Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Not needed
Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available
US Citizenship: No