Natural Resource Youth Intern

Expected Dates
September 15, 2014 to March 15, 2015
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Position ID
Your time will be spent covering a wide range of activities, as follows: Biological Data Collection: Help collect data and tissue samples to monitor for potential wildlife diseases, specifically associated with long-term deer population reduction activities, Help manage data; Work with state and federal agencies - Natural Resource Interpretation: A bi-lingual candidate will assist with developing brochures, programs and social media for a Spanish speaking audience. Provide short educational programs in Spanish and English, and help develop lesson plans; Valley Creek Water Quality Monitoring: Download data from water temperature loggers; Field test protocols; Help organize and input data into a database. -Invasive Plant Management: Help control invasive plants by hand pulling, mowing and limited herbicide application; Map the distribution of invasive plants. -Wildlife and Vegetation Management: lead volunteer events; Conduct assessments and repair deer exclosures; -Trails and Water Resource Management: Maintain trails by clearing, mowing, vine removal, and installing water management structures; Help maintain riparian buffers. -Park Planning: Attend park planning meetings related to natural resources; Assist with filing, photocopying, and general office organization associated with the related position activities (limited). Note: This position is funded through the National Park Service Youth Program Initiative; therefore, applicants must be between 18 and 25 years of age.

This position will require some work to be conducted at night, approximately during 6-8 out of the 26 weeks. When working on deer reduction activities, you may start working at 8:30-9pm and work until 5 or 6am. During these weeks you will work Monday and Tuesday nights, have Wednesday off, and work Thursday and Friday in the office.
  • Located approximately 20 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia, Valley Forge is the site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army. The park receives 1.2 million visitors each year and contains about 3,500 acres of forested rolling hills, tall grass meadows, wetlands, and rough lawns. Recreational and cultural opportunities are abundant, including museums, theaters, concerts, fishing, boating, hiking, etc. For additional information please visit the park website at or Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau at
  • sample collection, necropsy procedures, plant identification, water quality monitoring equipment - deployment and maintenance,
  • Valley Forge is about 20 mi from center city Philadelphia. museums, theaters, concerts, fishing, boating, hiking, etc. Some opportunities to attend conferences,webinars and seminars
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience