Natural Resource Management Intern (Cave Management / Exotic Plants)

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to September 1, 2018
Site
Jewel Cave National Monument
Position ID
PO-00725219
Intern will primarily identify, map, and treat infestations of invasive plants at Jewel Cave National Monument.  Exotic plant treatment methods will be both mechanical (hand-pulling / cutting) and chemical (application of herbicide with backpack sprayer).    

The intern will also assist with cave management work in Jewel Cave approximately one day per week.  Cave management work includes water sampling, documentation of cave impacts, and removing accumulations of debris from the cave tour routes.   

There may also be opportunities for the intern to assist with other natural resource projects, depending on their skills and interest.

Field work involves hiking long distances over uneven terrain, in a wide variety of weather conditions, carrying heavy loads.  Cave management requires frequent stooping and bending in a cave environment (dark, with narrow passages).  

*AmeriCorps award is pending for this position based on when applicants are selected
  • Jewel Cave National Monument - 13 miles west of Custer, South Dakota (in the Black Hills)
  • The intern will be sent to pesticide applicator testing, and will become a licensed commercial Pesticide Applicator. They will also receive on-the-job training in GPS, exotic plant treatment, and cave restoration techniques.
  • The Black Hills area offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including world-class rock climbing, caving, hiking, and fishing. The intern will have several opportunities to get involved in caving during the course of their internship.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
GPS
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
competent with supervision