Title: SECC & NPS - Natural Resources Intern
Reports to: Mark Frey, Acting Regional Chief of Natural Resources; National Park Service Location: Atlanta, GA
Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Exempt (1700-hour AmeriCorps National Service Term)
Stipend: $549 weekly (paid bi-weekly)
Health Benefits: Health Benefit Eligible
Other Benefits: Training, uniform shirts, and protective equipment provided. Other development opportunities as available. $6,195.00 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of service term.
Position Dates: August 2021 – August 2022 (52-week term) Some flexibility on start date.
Positions Available: 1
Position open until filled.
Southeast Conservation Corps:
Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 18 - 35, to complete conservation work projects on public, private, and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. SECC fosters the personal development of corpsmembers through environmental stewardship projects and experiential learning. Through community partnerships, SECC provides hands-on job training opportunities to young adults while simultaneously meeting natural resource needs throughout the Southeast. SECC positions focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. SECC also provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
The National Park Service regional office in Atlanta supports 75 parks across nine states and two territories. The Science and Natural Resources Management Division provides sustained leadership, coordination, technical assistance, policy guidance, and data to parks, programs, and partners to support science-based natural resource stewardship and geographic information management.
The regional office supports parks as they struggle to manage complex resource issues with shrinking budgets. The intern will support national parks through a range of projects related to natural resources (wetlands, hydrology, geology, wildlife, marine science, invasive plants, etc.) focusing on creating and implementing products/trainings/resources that can help parks operate as efficiently as possible.
Because this position works with vulnerable populations, all offers of employment are conditional upon the completion and clearance of a National Sex Offender Public Registry check and state of residence, state of service, and federal criminal history checks.
- Help park staff manage natural resources through a variety of means including:
- Working with GIS staff to gather data and create maps (training provided)
- Communicating with partners and parks to collect appropriate data
- Writing technical summaries
- Creating digital data collection applications to save park staff time when conducting tasks such as pesticide application
- Develop training and communication materials
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
- Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem-solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
- Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
- Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
- Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements.
- Appropriately always represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners.
Safety and Judgment:
- Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
- Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
- Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
- Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
- If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques.
Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate):
- Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
- Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps up to 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
This program is available to all eligible applicants, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or religion.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Degree in biology, natural resources, or a related field
- GIS experience
- Communication skills
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35), and a US Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident that has received a high school diploma or GED. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility).
Interns earn a living stipend of $549/week ($1,098 dispersed bi-weekly before taxes) via direct deposit. On-site housing, training, uniform shirts, and protective equipment is provided. Upon successful completion of their term, interns will receive a $6,195.00 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for tuition at Title IV accredited learning institutions, AmeriCorps approved non-traditional continued education or paying off student loans.
Follow the SECC link, https://proxy.qualtrics.com/proxy/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcorpspositions.sil…, and complete the application. Please include a resume and three references. A cover letter is optional but encouraged.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Acting Regional Chief of Natural Resources
National Park Service
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Southeast Conservation Corps