NHP Summer Internship Opportunity: Status Survey of Rare Coastal Plain Plant Species

Event Description:

Job Duties: Survey populations and assess threats for Georgia Indigo-bush, Thin-wall Quillwort, and Wireleaf Dropseed. These rare plant species occur only in the Coastal Plain of Southeastern states, primarily in areas affected by flooding from Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. The 2020 surveys will help biologists understand if the populations are still viable.

Major Tasks to be Performed: The intern will visit known locations, perform status surveys, use GPS and GIS to create maps, update species' records, analyze population trends, and produce reports. Most work will be performed outdoors with travel between field sites, and office work includes compiling data and maps. The intern must work in a wide range of field conditions, including heat, insects, sun, and walk across uneven terrain. Work requires overnight travel.

Final Product or Outcome Anticipated: Accurate records of populations, including maps, number of plants observed, occupied area, habitat information, and protection status. 

Academic Majors Desired: Undergraduate or graduate coursework in Botany, Zoology, Forestry, Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or Ecology