Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
204 Avery Avenue, Morganton
Job Description: The Conservation Program Intern’s primary duties will be to assist FCNC’s Land Protection Director with land and easement acquisition projects, including conservation resources assessments, GIS mapping, conservation project evaluation-documentation, property acquisition due diligence items, and filing for completed land project transactions. The Intern will assist other Conservation Program staff as needed, including land stewardship, natural resources management, and trail project tasks. Expectations for this position include flexibility to conduct work in both virtual and office settings, a commitment to regular weekday work hours (completing 24 hours of work per week), congenialcommunication with conservancy staff and the public, and attention to detail with documentation and record keeping.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Assist with field work and data collection for conservation property baseline documentation reports and management plan summaries. Compile and analyze natural resources data to prepare conservation project evaluation forms and materials. Prepare GIS maps and use GPS tools (such as Avenza) to collect field data and photographic documentation for conservation acquisition projects. Assist with property investigation, information gathering, and the ordering of property acquisition items (Environmental audits, biological inventory, surveys, appraisals, etc.). Work with Conservation Program staff and volunteer groups on land stewardship and trail projects as needed. Participate in virtual meetings and field work with a variety of FCNC’s conservation project partners and government agencies. Maintain a positive work environment and relationships with colleagues, staff and volunteers. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Performance of tasks to meet FCNC organization and Conservation Program policies and procedures. Positively representing the organization with landowners, supporters, and project partners
Experience/Education Requirements: Significant post-high school education in sciences and/or natural resource management. Relevant training, Associate, or Bachelor degree preferred. Experience and comfort with outdoor tasks and property visits, including off-trail and in varying weather conditions. GIS mapping and GPS use/navigation. Competence and interpretive skills with scientific reports and data, spreadsheets/databases, online mapping tools, and property surveys. Familiarity with geography, natural resources, land management practices, streams and watersheds, and conservation lands in the western Piedmont, foothills and mountains of North Carolina. Reliability and ability to complete work tasks independently. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Careful attention to detail and skills with record-keeping and document management / storage. Microsoft Office and Google Suite. Possession of a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record