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Apr 9 / BARD CEP

Diversity or American Indian Internship, National Park Service – Colorado

Organization: National Park Service

Position Title: Diversity or American Indian Intern

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

Dates and compensation: Approximately 30 weeks; $15,000 ($2,000/mo.)

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The GeoCorps participant will be responsible for assisting Human Dimensions staff in projects and materials in support of the Wildlife Conservation Branch (WCB) and Biological Resources Division (BRD) within the NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS). NRSS is a Washington, DC Support Office, physically located in Fort Collins, CO about an hour north of Denver, CO. We provide technical assistance to parks across the country and also develop policy guidance and synthesize information on emerging conservation issues that affect multiple parks and regions. The Human Dimensions Program provides guidance and assists parks and regions in integrating information about people’s varied perceptions of biological resources and management to ensure that the public is considered and engaged in the stewardship of our national heritage. Theories and techniques from the social sciences and humanities are utilized to help managers better understand audiences and management contexts and use this knowledge to improve decision-making, stakeholder engagement, communication, and management outcomes that meet ecological and social needs today and into the future.

The participant will work on a variety of research, outreach, and program assistance tasks. The participant’s main task will be data management, analysis, and report writing for national review of hunting, trapping, and fishing activities allowed in parks. The participant will be responsible for quality assurance and quality control of data collected through an online survey interface, contacting parks when necessary to ensure data accuracy. The participant will also synthesize data and prepare a report on the findings and will investigate data sharing and display options. In addition, the participant may assist with projects such as evaluation of the social outcomes of bioblitzes, development of tools for collaboration and civic engagement, and development of Human Dimensions program content for outlets such as web pages and program briefs. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. This position is offered through the Geological Society of America’s GeoCorps Program in partnership with the National Park Service’s Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program.

Qualifications: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in human dimensions, biological resource management, wildlife biology, conservation biology, or other related field with a broad understanding of both biological and social science concepts and terminology. Graduate students, especially in the field of human dimensions of natural resource management, are preferred. The participant should have excellent computer skills (MS Office), organizational, technical and non-technical writing and editing, and oral and written communication skills, as well as an ability work well with others in a problem-solving capacity. Experience with database management and survey design is desirable. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

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