For approximately seven months of this ten month internship the selected team will serve as crewmembers on the Southeast Coast Exotic Plant Management Team (SEC-EPMT) a traveling National Park Service (NPS) team that serves up to 15 different NPS sites within SC, NC, GA, and AL. The team will be based at Congaree National Park; however, the team will travel on a work schedule of eight consecutive ten hour working days, then return to Congaree for six scheduled days off before traveling to the next park or site for eight, ten hour days. You will control non-native plants using both manual and chemical methods (75%), perform distribution mapping of non-native plants using GPS (10%), and assist with additional resource management ﬁeld and data management projects (15%).
Intern will receive training on Chainsaw and brushcutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck and trailer driving, hand tool use, and see a variety of beautiful parks located in the Southeast. The crew will be manually removing exotic invasive vegetation in both urban and rural NPS sites. The team will live together while in travel status, so the ability to get along with others is vital. The housing accommodations will vary from rustic park housing to hotels, but while traveling camping will not be required. The program is interested in mature crewmembers with initiative, leadership ability, patience, and an intense work ethic who have a desire to expand their resumes.
For the remaining three months of this ten-month internship you will be working exclusively in a single park within the Southeast Region, possibly in Congaree National Park as a trails intern, working both front country and backcountry projects to clear and maintain both hiking and boating trails. Some camping will be required.
This is a 45 week; 10-month, internship, which makes applicants eligible for (not guaranteed) an approximate $5,500 AmeriCorps Education award after successfully completing the internship. Members are able to use this award to pay education costs at qualiﬁed institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualiﬁed student loans.
We request all applicants:
-Be 21 or older
-Pass a government background check
-Have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and a personal vehicle (not to be used for work, just for personal use, remember you have six days off at a time!)
-Must commit to entire duration of Internship
-Have strong back, knees, and ankles: (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them, and endanger you
-Must at times work in poison ivy infested landscapes, (if you have strong reaction to P.I., beware!)
-Must live in tight quarters with small group of people (If you NEED your own space, this internship cannot provide it!)
45 weeks of service
8 miles of trail maintained
10 Gross Infested Acres of Exotic Invasive Plants treated on public lands
Invasive Plant Management, Trail Maintenance, General Resource Management with the NPS
First Aid and CPR Certiﬁcation, Trailer Operation and Maintenance, Chainsaw Use, Herbicide Use and Safety, ArcGIS Training, Boating Safety
You will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of ﬁeld researchers and scientists who are currently working on projects through the Old Growth Bottomland Hardwood Forest Research and Education Center.