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  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:  

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:

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 by 5pm February 24, 2015.