Ecology and Forestry Internship

Monocacy National Battlefield

Please apply HERE

Dates: May 23, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $600/week + Housing

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs.

 

Position Description:

Monocacy National Battlefield preserves 1,647 acres of forested areas, agricultural fields, meadows, and waterways that make up its six historic farmsteads. The park lies three miles south of the City of Frederick – the second largest city in Maryland –.

The intern will be tasked with accessing the health of the Eastern Hemlock tree population in the park and potentially mitigating any pests found. A newer non-native pest to Maryland is the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). The Spotted Lanternfly was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. Since its discovery, it has slowly been spreading across the Eastern United States. The Spotted Lanternfly is an Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) species, meaning it is not yet fully established, but it has the potential to be very harmful. Scientists are actively tracking the spread of this pest while also trying to eradicate it. The Spotted Lanternfly has yet to be found in the park, however it has been found within 30 miles of the park’s boundaries and is now present in Frederick County.

Duties: 

  • Assessing health of Eastern Hemlock trees
  • Tagging/retagging Eastern Hemlock trees
  • Assist park staff in applying pesticides to treat woolly adelgid and hemlock scale
  • Survey park for Spotted Lanternfly host tree- Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima)
  • Set up Spotted Lanternfly traps
  • Monitor traps and look for evidence of Spotted Lanternfly
  • Collect ArcGIS data of Eastern Hemlock and Tree of Heaven
  • Provide a Summary of Findings report at the end of internship
  • Assist park resource management staff with natural resource related projects as needed

Natural and Physical Work Environment: Monocacy National Battlefield preserves 1,647 acres of forested areas, agricultural fields, meadows, and waterways that make up its six historic farmsteads. The park lies three miles south of the City of Frederick – the second largest city in Maryland and part of the Baltimore-DC Metropolitan Area– and has approximately two miles of the Monocacy River running through it. Shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants, and recreational activities are located within a short driving distance (less than 15 minutes). Latino communities are primarily found on the western side of the City of Frederick. A personal vehicle is recommended.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Knowledge and ability to use ArcGIS.
  • Must be able to hike and carry equipment in forested areas and on uneven surfaces.
  • Must be able to work in hot and humid environments.
  • Must have a driver’s license and be able to drive a government vehicle.
  • Must be able to work in a team setting and independently.

Education and Qualifications: 

The intern should have or be working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree in ecology, forestry or other closely related field. Some experience working or recreating outdoors is required. Interns should be proficient in MS Office software, have technical writing experience, and excellent written/oral communication skills. Interns must have the ability to work in a team environment. Experience with ArcGIS is recommended.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, or veterans up to age 35. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Applicant must have a valid driver license and a good driving record. Intern will be driving a park vehicle when traveling throughout the park and for regional meeting attendance.

Housing: Housing provided

To apply for this job please visit latinoheritageintern.org.

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