Natural Resource Management Interns

Expected Dates
May 28, 2019 to August 19, 2019
Stones River National Battlefield
Position ID
The interns will work with park staff, volunteers, and other student interns to help manage natural resources in a manner that improves the condition of the cultural landscapes of Stones River National Battlefield.  Natural resource management activities will primarily consist of invasive plant control and maintenance of native landscaping (90% or more of time in position). The intern will gain significant experience in invasive and native plant identification, implementing invasive plant control strategies, herbicide application, and native landscaping techniques.  Other duties (10% or less of time in position) may consist of: installing, maintaining, and operating resource management equipment; recording field observations of plants, animals, habitats, cultural sites, and resource conditions; collecting and organizing field data; monitoring rare and endangered plant species; assisting with plant and animal inventories; assisting with GIS/GPS delineation; assisting with wildlife management activities; and preparing interpretive media to communicate resource management issues to the public. The intern may be assigned a special project based on park needs and the volunteer’s individual interests and skill level. 
  • Stones River National Battlefield is a 650 acre park that commemorates the Battle of Stones River, one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. It is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a rapidly growing urban area near the geographic center of the state, located about 30 miles south of Nashville. Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University, one of the largest colleges in the state.
  • National Park Service developmental training online. On the job training in natural resource management. Training in proper use of equipment and tools. Pesticide applicator training.
  • Murfreesboro has all the entertainment, shopping, and dining a typical medium sized college town might have.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience