Natural Resource Intern

Expected Dates
July 13, 2020 to November 1, 2020
Duke Farms
Position ID
The 16-week opportunity of the SCA Natural Resource Intern at Duke Farms was created to assist the Duke Farms’ Natural Resources & Agroecology team in furthering the sustainability of our environment, particularly the ecological conservation of native flora and fauna, and to further the experience of visitors at Duke Farms. 

Duties include:
•    Support of restoration projects through the monitoring and measuring of project success via data collection, the utilization of basic mapping software, the utilization of GPS units, etc. 
•    Work to improve the ecological-system function of woodlands, meadows and aquatic systems throughout the property
•    Support of local fauna management such as participation in organized deer drives and endangered species management projects such as kestrel nest box monitoring (bird banding experience a plus)
•    Support for and involvement with interdepartmental collaboration on projects and tasks as they arise 
•    Support researchers, contractors and consultants on projects done on property
•    Willingness to act as support for various programs, events and festivals as seasonally applicable
•    Support and assist native plant nursery with native plant propagation activates
•    Ability and willingness to care for and maintain tools and equipment as needed
•    Ability to maintain flexibility within project schedules and timelines 
•    Understanding the relationship between the human-centered and natural areas that make up the park, and exercise proper care and willingness to work on/maintain both 
•    Seed collection of native flora with guidance from experienced staff
•    Other related tasks as required.

•    Ability and willingness to learn and follow the habitat regeneration process at Duke Farms.
•    Ability to utilize hand tools and mechanical tools; experience and knowledge of the use of small power tools a plus. 
•    Ability to physically get to the site where work is being performed, and to physically perform required duties, such as lifting, bending, twisting, walking, climbing, reaching, pulling, pushing, standing, and manual dexterity.
•    Ability to lift and carry 30-50lbs.
•    Ability to traverse the property which includes but is not limited to open fields, uneven terrain, water ways, etc.
•    Able to work outside in varying weather conditions (sun, rain, heat, humidity, insects, etc.) performing various physical tasks.
•    Good verbal communication and organizational skills.
•    Self-motivated and able to work cooperatively and enthusiastically with other employees, volunteers, allies, consultants, contractors, etc.
•    Willing to work outside of traditional business hours, including weekends and occasional holidays.
•    Knowledge of Northeastern native and non-native flora a plus.

Selected intern MUST enroll in the AmeriCorps Education Award program. 
  • Duke Farms provides critical habitat for endangered flora and fauna. The property contains approximately 1,100 acres of grasslands and agricultural lands, 950 acres of woodlands, 400 acres of floodplain habitat and 72 acres of open water spread across nine lakes. This mix of habitat types provides an oasis for wildlife in a highly-developed region of New Jersey. The property is open year round for visitation with no admission fees.
  • Flora/Fauna ID training
    Equipment training
    Best management practices
    Safety training
  • Natural resource education, hiking, bicycling, etc. 18 miles of trails.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience