SUMMER 2016 INTERNSHIPS HAVE BEEN FILLED. WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OPENINGS TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER 2016.
Volunteers will help manage natural resources in a manner that improves the condition of the cultural landscapes of Stones River National Battlefield. Natural resource management activities at our park consist primarily of invasive plant treatment and removal. Volunteers will gain significant experience in invasive and native plant identification, invasive plant control techniques, and herbicide application. TIME REQUIREMENTS: Minimum of one day per week (4-8 hour shift); Volunteers that commit to a minimum of 32 hrs/week for a minimum 8 consecutive weeks will be eligible for free park housing SUPERVISOR: Resource Manager DUTIES: At least 90% of this volunteer position will consist of invasive plant management activities. Up to 10% of this volunteer position may consist of other duties, such as: -Installing, maintaining, and operating resource management equipment -Maintaining native landscaping -Establishing native plant species -Recording field observations of plants, animals, habitats, cultural sites, and resource conditions -Collecting and organizing field data -Monitoring rare and endangered plant species -Assisting with plant and animal inventories -Assisting with GIS/GPS delineation -Assisting with wildlife management activities Volunteers may be assigned special projects by their supervisor based on park needs and the volunteer's individual interests and skill level KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THE POSITION: -Must be willing and able to work outdoors for extended periods of time under a variety of weather conditions (sun, heat, rain, cold, etc.) -Must be able to carry a backpack sprayer that can weigh up to 40 lbs. for extended periods of time over uneven terrain -Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, -Ability to work independently and as part of a team, -Must be open-minded, adaptable, and willing to learn new things -Knowledge of invasive exotic plants and native plants of middle Tennessee desirable but not required TRAINING PROVIDED (R-Required, O-Optional) -Volunteer Orientation (R) -Orientation to the Battle of Stones River (R) -Resource Management Operations Orientation (R) -Introduction to the National Park Service: The History of the NPS (R) -Foundations of Interpretation (R) -Effective Informal Interpretation (R) -Task Specific Training as Needed (R) -First Aid and CPR (O) Housing may be provided to volunteers who commit to working at least 32 hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Housing in a shared 3-bedroom house may be available for volunteers who commit to working at least 32 hours per week for at least 8 weeks.