Internship at Big Yellow Mtn Preserve

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Internship: Management Plan for Big Yellow Mtn Preserve
The Nature Conservancy
Posted: Jan 09, 2012

Internship Name: Management plan creation for TNC Big Yellow Mountain Preserve & State Park natural resource management (Shared Intern with TNC and Yellow Mtn State Natural Area)

Description and Responsibilities: The intern will create a new comprehensive management plan for a 425-acre TNC preserve that the Conservancy has owned since the 1970’s and manages jointly with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. This setting is unique because this preserve contains upwards of 80 acres of grassy bald natural community – a rare and unusual community type that is of global ecological significance—and which has been continuously managed since European settlement by livestock grazing. The intern will compile all historical documents regarding management on the preserve, assess stakeholder interests and the current condition of conservation targets, and create draft recommendations for future management. For State Parks, the intern will assist in natural resource management one day per week, with specific tasks to be determined. State Parks work site will be primarily the new Yellow Mountain State Natural Area and/or Grandfather Mountain State Park-either in the field or based at State Parks local office, with some work done in TNC’s Asheville and/or Boone offices.

Qualifications: Natural Resource Management/Conservation Biology educational and/or professional background; GIS mapping ability; familiarity with GPS units and their use in the field; and excellent organization skills. Exemplary written and verbal communication a must. Intern must have own vehicle (no travel compensation), and be willing to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. Intern must have own laptop available for use, preferably with ArcGIS license (although not required)

Additional information: Compensation: This is an unpaid, full time internship. We can work with interested students and their departments to obtain course credit for this work, and to acquire outside funding.

Duration: 3 months, summer 2012
Level of education: Graduate students preferred
Housing provided: No, but good potential for low cost housing
Host office location: Asheville

City Asheville
State/Province North Carolina
Country United States
Natural Resources/Natural Resources
Maggie Porell,


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