Jan 14, 2020Part time
THE ROLE: The Sam Shine Foundation Summer Conservation Intern position is made possible by a generous gift from The Sam Shine Foundation. The objective of this 14-week paid internship is to provide an upper-level college student with the chance to work in the field of natural area conservation while potentially earning college credit. The Intern will be supervised by experienced Nature Conservancy staff and gain valuable skills to help further their careers in conservation. They will develop plant identification skills, gain knowledge of how to use field equipment and data collection apps, and learn to interact with colleagues at a professional level. This position is based at our Blue River Project Office in Laconia, Indiana. Most of the work will occur at preserves in Southern Indiana, however, there may be opportunities to travel and assist with projects in other areas of the state or region. This is a 21-hour per week position beginning mid-May and ending mid-August 2020. The Intern will assist with land management activities including, but not limited to, conducting non-native species monitoring, mapping, and control; operating and maintaining small tools and equipment; assisting with research, habitat restoration projects, and ecological monitoring; fire break construction; and developing written and visual communication resources. RESPONSIBILITIES: Work under close supervision, but often expected to work independently. Function productively as a member of a team. Work in variable weather conditions on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Control invasive species using herbicide, brush cutters, and chainsaws. Maintain and keep equipment in good working order. Use GPS and GIS to establish records and produce maps. Perform other site maintenance (trails, infrastructure, etc.) work as required. Attend TNC all-staff meetings, relevant conference calls, and engagements with external audiences. Deliver an end of term multi-media presentation regarding the internship experience. REQUIREMENTS: High-school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience or education in science-related field. Experience following instructions from supervisors. Experience and willingness to perform physical work. Valid Driver’s license, reliable transportation to and from office location, and personal cell phone. Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Completion of two years of course work in environmental science, biology, or natural resources. Experience with power tools. Experience performing physical labor under adverse conditions. Familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office.