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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Natural Resources Management Intern

Volunteer assisting in resource management lab

Volunteer assists in resource management lab

Job Title: Natural Resource Assistant

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Major Duties:

Volunteer (s) will assist the park in a highly varied resource management program. He/she will perform monitoring and data collection in the following areas: flora and fauna inventories, exotic species management, wildlife surveys, disturbed lands restoration, and mining and gas well management. Individual (s) will support the Long Term Ecological Monitoring System project working with team members to collect water quality data, benthic organisms, and fish using standard collection procedures; assist with fixed station water quality monitoring on the New, Bluestone and Gauley rivers and their tributaries; and perform field and laboratory analysis of samples. VIP (s) will record data collected; provides preliminary analysis and classification of the information; and uses computers to assist in compiling and reducing data from laboratory analysis and/or field survey.

Work Location:

Park headquarters, Glen Jean, WV

Work Environment:

A significant amount of work is performed indoors, in an office and laboratory setting. However, a limited portion of the work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain with dense vegetation on or near water. Field work may involve travel by foot, boat or raft, and may result in exposure to biting insects, poisonous snakes, poisonous plants and adverse weather conditions. Work may require long periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven or slippery surfaces, and driving vehicles on rough roads.

Work Schedule:

32 - 40 hours per week, Work times will be set by supervisor, Monday - Friday, May – September

 
Volunteer removes invasive plant species

Volunteer removes invasive plant species

Clothing:

VIP shirt, name badge, and hat supplied by park, to be worn with jeans, pants, or short (not faded and without holes), and hiking boots or tennis shoes.

Skill and qualifications needed:

Required: Individual must be studying to receive a degree in a natural resource field. Individuals must work well with people in a team setting.

Desired: Knowledge of Appalachian fauna and flora. Ability to learn data collection techniques, e.g. operation of forest measuring devices, standard methods of monitoring wildlife and habitats, use of topographic maps and global positioning system, and taxonomic keys.

Supervision:

Natural Resource Management Specialist or designee

Did You Know?

View of Claypool Falls

The many tributaries of the New River Gorge provide an abundance of cascades and waterfalls on their descent to the New River.