Thursday, January 26, 2012

Natural Resources Intern (two positions available)

Job title: Natural Resources Intern (two positions available)

Location: Fairfax County, VA

Hours and compensation: $12.50/hour, approximately 40 hours per week from
June 4th-August 10th. Holidays and leave are unpaid. A vehicle will be
provided for field work from the base office in Fairfax.


Application deadline: Interviews will be done on a rolling basis until
positions are filled, or until February 24th, 2012.


Organization overview: The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains
approximately 24,000 acres of public land including natural areas, cultural
resources, and recreational facilities. The Natural Resource Management
and Protection (NRMP) Branch falls under the Resource Management Division
of the Park Authority, and is responsible for land stewardship and
implementation of the agency’s Natural Resource Management Plan. For more
information please visit:
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resources/resources-nrp.htm


Position Description: This internship is primarily field-based but will
also incorporate an office component approximately one day per week.
Interns will work together as a pair to perform non-native invasive plant
assessments on parkland across the county using a standard field protocol.
Interns will be trained in the survey method, conduct field surveys, and
input their results into a GIS database. Interns will have the opportunity
to participate in other field and educational activities conducted by the
Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch as events arise. This is
an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the field of natural
resources and develop field inventory skills. Each intern will also have
the opportunity to plan and implement a special 40-hour project in their
area of interest.


Qualifications and Skills: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and
have a strong interest in natural resource management and stewardship of
public land. Applicants should expect to be outdoors up to four days per
week and should be willing to work outdoors in a hot, humid environment
with abundant insects, ticks and chiggers. Applicants must be able to
travel on foot in rough terrain, including over steep slopes, fallen trees
and other obstacles, up to eight hours per day. Applicants must possess a
valid driver’s license. Our interns will be working together as a team and
must be able to cooperate and share responsibility. Experience in GIS and
GPS use, basic plant identification, and ecology are a plus.


How to apply:


Please email a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two
references to Erin Stockschlaeder, Erin.Stockschlaeder@fairfaxcounty.gov by
February 24th, 2012.