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Description of Work

* Intern (Temporary Full-Time, 40 hour per week) 10 to 15 week Internship *
* Pay Rate: $10.00/hour *
* Internship from mid-May to mid-August 2020 *
* Duty Station Location is Pisgah Ranger Station in Pisgah Forest / Brevard, NC (Transylvania County) *


The North Carolina Wildlife resources Commission (WRC) is seeking a Summer Intern for our "River Ranger / Hellbender Salamander Outreach and Education Internship Project with the WRC Wildlife Management Division.

With the rapidly increasing level of recreational use of National Forests, there is a need to engage with the public and deliver natural resource outreach programming to river users, especially regarding the impact of recreational activities on sensitive habitat and aquatic species like the Eastern Hellbender Salamander.

OBJECTIVE / OVERVIEW: The objective of this Internship is to protect sensitive aquatic resources while enhancing the river user's experience in popular, heavily used National Forest river corridor and recreation areas. The Hellbender Salamander Outreach & Education Intern (i.e. "River Ranger") Project is an outreach and education program of the Pisgah National Forest that is operating through a multi-organization partnership. This program is designed to promote the balance between recreation and conservation of Pisgah National Forest's waterways to ensure future use and resource sustainability. In this position the intern will be working with the US Forest Service, The Pisgah Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and Public Land Corps.

The intern will patrol river corridors in Pisgah National Forest (Transylvania/Henderson/Haywood Counties.) and initiate public contacts in the field to enhance the river user's experience and protect aquatic resources (e.g., hellbenders and habitat) through delivery of information and will keep records of visitor use levels, types and patterns of use, and hellbender observation records. The intern will work within a team of other US Forest Service River Rangers and will report to the Lead River Ranger as well as the NC Wildlife Resources Commission supervising biologist. Outreach programming will include addressing water safety, "Leave No Trace" camping, river management, angler etiquette, angler conservation and wilderness philosophy, and other ecological topics such as the risk of hellbender mortality and habitat degradation from recreational rock-moving in streams. Interns may develop and conduct river education programs in the local community and analyze ways to educate users. Other duties include performing routine maintenance at dispersed recreation sites, including site cleanup and naturalizing habitats such as dismantling dams, tube chutes, and cairns or "rock art" stacks. The intern may occasionally assist in stream surveys and conduct inspections of outfitter guides for US Forest Service and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Interns are responsible for maintenance and care of any assigned US Forest Service field equipment. As scheduling allows, there may be opportunities to work outside the River Rangers setting and assist NC Wildlife Resources Commission field staff with aquatic salamander surveys. Other duties may be assigned.

KNOWLEDGE GAINED: Examples of some of the knowledge gained by the Intern are: first-hand knowledge and field experience delivering natural resource and recreation-based outreach messaging to the public; experience assisting with natural resources field work; direct knowledge about recreational use in waterways and insight into human dimensions of fish and wildlife management; knowledge about the life history, ecology, habitat needs, and threats to a state-listed amphibian, Eastern Hellbender Salamander; awareness and ecological information about other local aquatic species.

WORK LOCATION: The Duty Station Location for this Internship is Pisgah Ranger Station in Pisgah Forest / Brevard, NC (Transylvania County).

Position will work in various counties, including Transylvania, Henderson, and Haywood.

WORK SCHEDULE / TRAVEL / COMPENSATION: Tentatively, this internship will last from mid-May 2020 to mid-August 2020. Internship will be between 10 to 15 weeks, depending on the start date, budget constraints and school schedule of Intern. Actual time length of internship will be determined after interviews have been conducted and choice candidate has been selected.

Work schedule will be a normal Monday-Friday, 8 hours per day (40 hour per week) schedule, unless change is otherwise agreed upon.

The 40-hour work week is dependent on weather conditions. Work will not exceed 40-hours per week.

Some weekend work may be required.

Transportation between the intern's local residence and the duty station will NOT be provided and is the responsibility of the Intern. No overnight travel is required.

For any travel from WRC assigned work location to any field sites or locations, a State vehicle will be provided.

Compensation is $10.00/hour.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Individual in this assignment should possess general knowledge of river ecology and experience delivering natural resources outreach or interpretative programming to the public is preferred; knowledge of hellbender ecology as well as local fish and other aquatic species of Western NC is a plus. Applicant should have some prior experience working with the public and in a n educational setting. The intern must be comfortable working outdoors, on the banks of rivers and streams as well as within shallow streams on occasion, and independently if needed. Strong verbal communication skills are a must. CPR/First Aid certification is preferred.

MANAGEMENT PREFERENCE: Preference will be given to applicants who attach/include a Cover Letter with their application.

This cover letter should outline the following:

1). What interests you (the applicant) most about this Internship?

2). What do you hope to gain from this Internship?

RESOURCES PROVIDED: Intern River Rangers uniform will be provided by the US Forest Service in this assignment. All other field supplies or equipment will be provided by either the US Forest Service of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

WORK EVALUATION & FINAL PRODUCT: Work will be evaluated by the Lead River Ranger, or other US Forest Service staff as appropriate, and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission supervising biologist. The Project outcome will be a successful field season of engaging the public in natural resource and recreation-based outreach, helping protect sensitive aquatic resources, collecting natural resource and biological data, and delivering educational programs to the local public. There are no formal reports or papers required, but the intern may be asked to develop informational posters, hand-outs, or other educational materials, per the direction of the Lead River Ranger.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college/university or recently graduated (within the last year) and enrolled in one of the following academic majors: General Biology, Wildlife Biology or Fisheries Biology, Wildlife/Fisheries Management, Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Zoology, Ichthyology, Conservation, Environmental Education, Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, or similar majors.

NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS: This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of duties in support of the unit's management program in the areas of fisheries, recreation, wildlife, trails and special uses. The Intern will be stationed out of the Pisgah Ranger Station near Brevard, NC. They will be working alongside a lead educator, and 3-5 other interns. Most work will be in the field, with little time spent in an office setting. The Intern will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs., wade in streams of various depths, and be prepared to work in all types of weather conditions. Intern is required to wear a State approved uniform and certain safety equipment as well as follow established safety regulations and procedures. Candidate must present proof of a valid Driver's License and proof of an acceptable driving record.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is a temporary Internship. There are no leaves (Vacation or Sick) or retirement benefits offered with this Intern position. Wildlife Resources Commission will post, screen and interview for this Internship position. Chosen individual will then be paid thru the NC Office of State Human Resources Temporary Solutions Division. Housing is the responsibility of the intern.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If applicants have questions, contact Lori Williams, NC WRC Wildlife Conservation Biologist at lori.williams@ncwildlife.org

Visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission page (https://www.ncwildlife.org/ ) for more information about careers with WRC.

Supplemental and Contact Information

* Degrees must be received from institutions appropriately accredited by the U.S. Department of Education *

All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the new NEOGOV Online Job Application System located on the Office of State Human Resources "Work for NC" website (http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/ ) for the State of North Carolina.

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. Any information omitted from the application cannot be considered for qualifying credit. Attached or incorporated resumes (including Text Resume's on the on-line application) WILL NOT be used for screening for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completing a State on-line application form.

Applicants are asked to document competencies related to the position for which you apply on the State application. A competency is defined as a set of behaviors or duties that reflect the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that you have, as they relate to the job you are applying for. Please make sure you complete the application in full. Applicants are required to scan and attach a copy of their DD-214 (Form 4) or discharge orders if they wish to obtain veterans preference (or obtain Veterans Preference as the spouse of a service related Disabled Veteran). If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission uses the Merit-Based Recruitment & Selection Plan to select the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills & abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants may be subject to a criminal background check. Pre-employment checks are required for some administrative and education center positions. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)."

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your NEOGOV account and click "Application Status". It is not necessary to contact the Human Resources Office to check the status of an application. Normal processing time for applications is 30-45 days from the closing date of the posting.

If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NEOGOV Help Line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please contact the Wildlife Resources Commission Human Resources Office.


NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Human Resources Office

Attn: Bob Schultz, Recruitment Specialist

1751 Varsity Drive

Raleigh, NC 27699-1703

Phone: 919-707-0104