Location: Unity, ME Category: Support Staff Posted On: Thu Jan 12 2017 Job Description:
The USDA Forest Service and Unity College in Maine have a strong tradition in collaboration and partnership. This internship position is a result of formal partnership between Unity College and the White Mountain National Forest Service (WMNF). Interns will be employed by Unity College with grant funding provided by the WMNF. All work will be completed onsite within the WMNF. Intern hiring, oversight and supervision will be provided by WMNF staff, while administrative aspects (i.e. application paperwork, timesheets, paychecks, accident reports, etc.) will be coordinated by Unity College. This position is available only to Unity College students seeking academic credit.
May 15-Aug 5 (12 weeks)
A total of 4 Wildlife Interns will work alongside WMNF staff to accomplish tasks related to habitat management, wildlife survey, education and outreach. Uniforms and training will be provided by WMNF.
Specific Job Duties:
Nuisance Bear Management (4 positions)
Conduct 2 person patrols in developed and dispersed campgrounds while monitoring compliance with food storage regulations and talking one-on-one with campers about proper camping techniques in bear country.Patrols may include hiking on established trails to backcountry locations if nuisance bear problems occur there.
Work collaboratively with other WMNF personnel from law enforcement and recreation if needed.
Receive training in nuisance bear management hazing techniques including use of pyrotechnics (noise makers) and safety precautions.
Interns may have an opportunity to participate in nuisance bear hazing patrols or participate in nuisance bear trapping as a last resort if needed. This aspect is not a guaranteed component of the internship. There is a chance interns may not encounter a bear all summer long.
In addition, all wildlife interns will be exposed to a variety of other wildlife management tasks, which include some or all of the following:
Construct and install a variety of wildlife nest boxes (wood duck, bat, bird, butterfly, bee)
Participate in early morning breeding bird surveys
Improve wildlife habitat using brush saws, chainsaws, and hand tools
Reduce non-native invasive plants (mechanical and herbicide)
Perform vernal pool surveys
Applicants must be currently enrolled at Unity College. Students in all relevant degree programs will be considered.
Applicants must be completing this internship for academic credit.
Applicants must have a valid driver's license. Extensive driving of a government vehicle will be required.
Must be comfortable working in remote locations, using topo maps, compass, and GPS units to navigate.
Must be able to carry a backpack with tools and/or overnight gear, and willing to endure rain, bugs, and long days in beautiful locations.
The ability to think critically and use good judgment is paramount.
Willingness to work weekends, holidays and evenings or early morning hours.
Ability to provide own personal outdoor equipment such as backpacks, hiking boots, rain gear and water bottles.
Wilderness First Aid (or a higher medical certification) and Leave No Trace training is preferred but not required.
Prior public speaking or visitor services experience is helpful for Nuisance Bear Management positions.
Prior fieldwork, wildlife identification and experience in team environments is helpful.
Use of power and hand tools desired.
A personal vehicle is highly recommended. Though interns will drive government vehicles, they will be responsible for their own daily transportation to and from the ranger station where they work.
Interns are encouraged to apply for funding through Unity College's Holt Challenge Scholarship to help defer the cost of personal equipment, gas, and groceries.
Unity College, a private college in rural Maine, provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education emphasizing the environment, natural resources, and the emerging framework of sustainability science. A common interest in developing sustainable solutions to environmental problems unites our students, staff, and faculty. Recently named to the top 30 of the Washington Monthly colleg...e rankings and Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll, Unity is rapidly becoming recognized as a national leader in sustainability science. Unity College has just finalized its five-year strategic plan designed to transform Unity College into the “A National Beacon” for Sustainability Science, with Distance Programming as a critical objective.
Unity College is an Equal Opportunity Employer; applicants from under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Unity College seeks to attract employees who share a commitment to the environment and to human diversity, and who have an interest in helping students develop an understanding of the richness and complexity of individuals and society.