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Student Conservation Association

Position title : Climate Change Intern

Deadline to apply : 03/25/2020

Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc : Manhattan

State / Territory : Kansas

Organization/Program Description :

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project is a 30-year operation funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by Battelle Ecology. The mission of the NEON project is to design, implement, and operate continental scale research infrastructure to open new horizons in ecological science and education, and to enable ecological analyses and forecasts for the benefit of society.

The observatory network extends across 20 eco-climatic domains, each representing a different US ecosystem. Within each domain, NEON uses cutting-edge technology to observe and measure varied ecological properties, including plant diversity, above and below-ground biomass, carbon storage, and mosquito and beetle diversity. Coupled with these terrestrial observations, are climate instrumentation measurements taken from a tower that extends above the vegetation. The tower measurements include carbon dioxide cycling through the forest canopy, wind speed and directions, rainfall, humidity, light intensity, and air temperature. Long-term monitoring of these properties will help determine linkages between changing properties in the landscape with potential changes in atmospheric and climatic conditions. Additional Information on the project mission can be found at http://www.neonscience.org/. 2. Required Services Battelle Memorial requests for the acquisition, provision and housing of field technician interns related to the Domain field list below.

Interns in this field-going position will work as part of a larger field crew and participate in multiple aspects of NEON’s field data collection efforts. These may include small mammal trapping, insect collection, vegetation surveys, soil sampling, surface water chemistry collection and fish sampling. In addition, back at the lab, interns may gain experience with processing and tracking samples, identifying insects and plants, and data entry.

Applicants should expect to work under variable field conditions, including intense sun and rain, rugged terrain, work at altitudes greater than 9,000 ft. at some locations, poison oak, biting insects including ticks, and wildlife (including rattlesnakes and grizzly bears in some locations). Applicants should expect to hike off-trail every day. Overnight travel is required in some locations with lodging provided by Battelle.

Applicants may be expected to drive to and from field sites using company vehicles and must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record.  Candidates for the position must also pass a 10 Panel Urine Screening Test for the following substances:  amphetamines;  barbiturates; benzodiazepines; cocaine metabolite; methadone; opiates (including codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone); 6MAM; oxycodone; phencyclidine (PCP); propoxyphene; and marijuana metabolite (THC).

Position Description :

The intern is expected to safely perform field assignments in a variety of environmental conditions and follow sampling protocols under the guidance of NEON Field Ecologists.

Benefits Include:  $225/week living allowance, $700/month for housing (paid for directly by SCA), round trip travel of $1,100, and an AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047..