Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Monitoring Project Interns
Reports To: USFWS Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning Coordinator
Locations: Multiple locations (see below)
Position Type: Seasonal, Full-Time, Exempt
Service Term Length: Term of position is 16 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk with potential for an extension
Living Allowance: $600 /week
AmeriCorps Award: Position is eligible for a 675 hour AmeriCorps Segal education award upon successful completion of the program. Value of education award is $2,474.27 pre-tax
Other Benefits: Housing provided at no cost, stipend for field gear
Start Date: Flexible on or before July 3rd, 2023
Positions Available: 6
Conservation Corps North Carolina (CCNC) and Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. The LiDAR Monitoring Project Interns, an AmeriCorps Individual Placement position, serve with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and six (6) positions are available – 2 in North Carolina, 2 in Arkansas/Mississippi, and 2 in Alabama.
The Terrestrial LiDAR Monitoring Project utilizes the latest technology in forest vegetation surveying and monitoring. Working as a team, individuals will use terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) based forest vegetation surveying/monitoring to gather data to inform active management on refuges, specifically fuel loading changes over time with respect to wildland fire, forestry, and botany. Interns will be working largely unsupervised using LiDAR equipment to collect field data and then post process that data into a format that will be utilized by decision makers. Interns will be working directly with multiple external and internal partners. They should be willing to discuss complex ecosystems and technology, along with the protocols for managing those ecosystems and the technology.
This position will involve Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning (TLS) of forest vegetation to inform management on refuges, specifically fuel load changes over time with respect to wildland fire, forestry, and botany. Field work will consist of collecting forest inventory, vegetation, and geospatial data and establishing/ maintaining long-term experimental plots. Office work will include data entry, quality assurance, and elementary processing of LiDAR and geospatial data. Interns will be working largely unsupervised with LiDAR equipment collecting field data and then post processing that data into a form that will be utilized by decision makers.
The interns will be required to communicate independently with USFWS staff. Interns will have an abundance of support both on-site and virtually, during work hours. On-site, the interns will have assistance from the refuge staff. There will also be numerous USFWS employees that will be accessible at any time by phone.
Interns must be able to safely traverse difficult terrain, often in adverse weather conditions and in remote areas while carrying equipment. Field work will involve exposure to hazards such as venomous snakes, heat, humidity and insects. Individuals must be able to and willing to follow field protocols. Interns will be working in teams of two to complete tasks. These teams will also be living in close quarters in the refuge housing. Verbal, and nonverbal communication, the ability to handle conflict, teamwork, empathy, listening, and a positive attitude are keys to success.
The position will begin with a week of training during which the purpose of the monitoring will be explained, and the protocol taught. Interns will be required to attend weekly calls to check-in with the supervisor. Field tasks include navigating to plots, collecting vegetative and forest structure data, and utilizing terrestrial LiDAR equipment. There will also be some post processing of the LiDAR files required, estimated to require two hours of indoor work weekly.
The position will have an extension option for 26 weeks. If extended, the protocol will change slightly, and the tasks will include clipping and sorting vegetation.
The standard workweek is 40 hours Monday-Friday, with the possibility of occasional weekend shifts. Due to the nature of field work, interns can set their own daily start and end times, as long as site-staff would be available to support in case of emergency.
Two positions are available at each of the following sites and candidates should indicate which site(s) they are interested in being based at (there may be travel throughout the term to different refuges):
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
The position requires excellent proficiency of the English language and the ability to clearly and concisely convey information orally and in writing. Interns must be able to analyze and present information in required formats and present written summaries and reports of results. Position requires manipulation of information, data, and the use of but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, database software, and ArcGIS. Position requires the ability to effectively display data and themes in maps and visual displays. These teams will also be living in close quarters in the refuge housing, so interpersonal skills, communication, and problem-solving skills will be very important to maintain. Verbal, and nonverbal communication, the ability to handle conflict, teamwork, empathy, listening, and a positive attitude are keys to success.
Working Conditions/Physical Effort
The Terrestrial LiDAR Monitoring Project Interns may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on varying terrain and potentially under physically demanding circumstances.
In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.
For more information, please contact CCNC Program Staff at [email protected]
CCNC and SECC do not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.
“Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.”
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