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Vegetation Management Intern
Ref No.: 21-00194
Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/23/2022
Pay Rate : $ 15.00 /Hour
HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Greening Youth Foundation U.S. National Park Service HBCUI 2022

Position Title Vegetation Management Intern 
NPS Unit Name Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Position Dates May 23, 2022
Position Description The Vegetation Management intern will work with the Vegetation Management team to
manage invasive plants, invasive forest pests and restore native vegetation to disturbed
habitats using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. Training will be provided in the safe
use of pesticides, cutting tools, GPS receivers, records management and back country safety.
The intern will be part of a team of more than a dozen staff members that revisit field sites
throughout the park and use mechanical, chemical and biological controls. Hiking in
mountainous terrain in summer weather with a day pack is a regular part of the position.
Infrequent overnight backcountry camping will be optional. The goals of the position are to
learn plant and forest pest identification, the management methods to manage invasive species
and assist team members in the field to manage vegetation.
Learning Goal Intern will learn NPS orientation and resource management policies, plant and insect
identification, integrated pest management methods, data collection and management, Right
to Know Pesticide use and handling, NPS Operational Leadership, First Aid/CPR, global
positioning system receiver use, backcountry safety and travel, optional Search and Rescue
team member. Opportunities to shadow other branches, e.g. wildlife, fisheries, inventory and
monitoring, archaeology, and others divisions (e.g. Resource Education) are available.
Qualifications Applicant should have coursework or interest in biological or physical sciences, (forestry,
botany, entomology, horticulture, wildlife/fisheries, chemistry, or related fields) or resource
management, be comfortable in outdoor summer conditions, have experience or be able to
hike in . Intern should be able to take direction and ask for clarification feedback, keep accurate
records, and, with training, be able to work safely as a team member in front country and back
country conditions. Driver's license not necessary.

Participants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident ( "green-card-holder) and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. degree program at an accredited institution of higher education during the summer internship.
Additional qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 30years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check
  • Must be fully vaccinated
Work Environment The position is primarily outside field work with opportunities for indoor training. Applicants
should be comfortable in outdoor environments with strenuous physical activity on a regular
basis. Outdoor hazards include steep terrain with slippery footing, thunderstorms, wildlife
encounters, venomous insects, poison ivy, distracted drivers, cutting tools, pesticides and
hazard trees. All of these hazards will be identified and training in mitigation measures will be
provided. Intern will always be with at least one other team member to ensure safety.

Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is not needed.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $15.00 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Leadership & Careers Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at . Resumes and cover letters are required to apply. Please combine as one PDF document and upload file to the SERVE portal.
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