Diversity Internship: Botanical Resources Assistant Ocmulgee
Agency: Environment for the Americas
Location: Macon, GA
Closing Date: January 24, 2021
Term/Grade: Paid Internship
Located on Georgia’s Fall Line with over 700 acres of land (and an upcoming boundary expansion that will triple park size), Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park (OCMU) is home to forested upland, emergent wetlands, and diverse plant and animal life. The Natural Resource intern will contribute to approved resource management objectives in three areas: an inventory of plant communities, treatment of 36 target invasive species, and restoration of native plants. OCMU is in the early stages of developing a GIS program for monitoring and management of invasive plants within the park. The intern will collect plant inventory data in the field using ArcCollector and work with the Natural Resources team to process and analyze it. This data will help inform vital land management decisions. In past years, close to 70% of infested areas have been cleared of invasive species; these areas require monitoring and maintenance to prevent regrowth. The Natural Resources intern will work with Biological Science Technicians to treat and monitor species such as Chinese privet, Chinese tallow, and other aggressive invaders in these areas. The intern will implement planned management strategies, including manual removal techniques and supervised chemical treatment, keeping detailed records to be used by the Natural Resources team for adaptive management planning and evaluation.
See the announcement and apply here.