North Carolina Sandhills ORISE Internship
The Nature Conservancy
North Carolina Sandhills ORISE Internship Announcement
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking candidates for one Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow stationed in the Conservation Center of the Sandhills located in Southern Pines, North Carolina. This appointment will assist the TNC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to accomplish the mission of the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (Partnership). More information on the Partnership can be found at http://www.ncscp.org/. Eligible candidates will have graduated from an ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, or wildlife related graduate program within three years of the hiring date. The appointment is for one year but may be renewed for up to four years. We are looking for candidates who will commit to at least 3 years in this appointment. Information on the ORISE program can be found at: http://www.orau.org/maryland/participants/default.htm.
The NC Sandhills TNC ORISE Fellow will help to advance the wildlife and habitat conservation mission of the Partnership through conservation planning and research, grant and project management, and data analysis. He or she will:
- Provide technical GIS support for the Partnership. Conduct complex GIS analyses to support conservation reserve design, land protection priorities, and special projects such as the Green Growth Toolbox. Maintain updates and data records for the existing GIS database.
- Support coordination of the Partnership by working directly with the Partnership Coordinator to facilitate meetings, participate in working groups, attend partner activities, and communicate with the public about the role of the Partnership.
- Support implementation of the Partnership’s Monitoring Plan. This will include collecting and compiling data on habitat quality, species, and management actions in longleaf pine, isolated wetland, and riparian habitats.
- Support implementation of Partnership’s Conservation Plan, including compiling information for grant proposals and acquisition projects, promoting information sharing, and assisting with habitat management activities. Maintain and improve a geodatabase of management actions, results, and needs using Access and ArcGIS.
- Conduct literature review and other research to inform actions of the Partnership. Compile, synthesize, and communicate scientific or other information via oral and written presentations.
- Assist TNC staff with prescribed burning and other land restoration activities including collecting and sowing native plant seeds.
- Assist USFWS staff in monitoring red-cockaded woodpeckers (RCW), which may include the following field work; updating activity status of RCW cavity trees, banding nestlings and/or adult RCWs, monitoring fledglings, and using a spotting scope to identify individuals.
Required Knowledge and Skills:
1. Master of Science or higher degree preferred in ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, or wildlife biology. Candidate must have graduated within the last 3 years.
2. Familiarity with advanced principles of GIS and spatial modeling.
3. Experience using ESRI software including ArcMap and other associated products.
4. Proficiency in computer database management using Microsoft Access and/or willingness to learn.
5. Ability to successfully work with a diverse suite of partners.
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
7. Familiarity with basic principles of conservation biology, ecology, and wildlife management.
8. Familiarity with the longleaf pine ecosystem and related habitats and species, and/or willingness to learn.
9. Certified in Wildland Firefighting and Prescribed Burning (S130/190, L180, I100) and/or willingness to become certified within 6 months and pass the pack test (carrying 45 pounds for 3 miles in 45 min).
10. Highly motivated candidate who desires to be an effective part of a team that is on the leading edge of longleaf pine conservation.
The ORISE Fellow will not be an employee of The Nature Conservancy. The Fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $3,400 - $3,900 depending on skills and experience. The Fellow will be responsible for his/her own taxes and health insurance.
For further information, please contact Jeff Marcus at (910) 246-0300. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm February 24, 2015.