Intern/Wildlife Communications and Box Turtle Research

  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Wake County, NC, USA
  • Mar 12, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Description of Work

This is a temporary internship.  There are no leave or retirement benefits offered with this position.  Visit for employment information

Hourly Rate of Pay:  $10.00
Project Location: NC Wildlife Resources Commission Headquarters on NCSU Centennial Campus

This internship will be assigned to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission-Education/Wildlife Communications and Box Turtle Research. The Wildlife Education Division has many opportunities for undergraduates aspiring to work in the field of wildlife and conservation management.  An undergraduate can experience all the components of an effective communications program from writing news releases, blogs and social media posts to capturing engaging wildlife video footage.  In addition, the division is responsible for the day to day management of a local research project which utilizes undergraduates to collect and help analyze field data.  Both these components of the division provide the opportunity to develop career related skills and network with professionals while at the same time expanding a student's understanding and working knowledge of the agency responsible for managing North Carolina's wildlife resources.
With a limited communication staff providing the communication needs for an agency with programs spread across the state there are always projects waiting to be worked on.  An undergraduate intern could help the division accomplish some of the projects on the division "to do" list.  These projects include; expanding the archive of wildlife video footage to be used with social media posts and other communication efforts, growing our archive of blogs about agency programs and services, helping with data analysis on our media reach and increasing our on-line education and information wildlife profiles that are used by the public and staff.
Additionally, the Box Turtle Connection Project is a long-term project the Agency sponsors in collaboration with other partners.  The goal is to collect long-term data about box turtles across the state to increase knowledge gaps about box turtle population numbers, compare sites across the state and determine if there are environmental impacts affecting population numbers and what these effects are on the populations.  This project relies heavily on volunteers and, when available, staff at local sites.  The Lake Raleigh Woods site has been in the program from the start in 2009.  For several years regular surveying of the site did not occur due to staff reductions.  Last year, due to our intern program WRC was able to survey the woods during the summer which allowed collection of critical summer data.  The goal is to use interns to be able to continue summer surveys.  Utilizing interns to help with the site survey is a win-win situation which provides the intern with invaluable field experience and exposure to the state agency managing wildlife and allows the agency to have quality and consistent data collected.  This year we are adding more data analysis into the intern project, so an intern can experience data analysis also.  To be able to follow the robust protocol developed requires two people working about 20 hours per week on this project during the most active season for turtles (May through July).  By expanding this internship opportunity to communications projects, the lucky intern will be able to add both field work experience and communications experience to his/her resume.  In today's work environment having experience in a variety of programs related to a natural resources agency's operating model is invaluable. 

During a ten-week timeframe, the undergraduate assists with social media marketing, gathers video footage of wildlife, writes news release, social posts and blogs and collects and analyzes Box Turtle data using telemetry and GIS methodology

This internship is designed to provide an undergraduate the unique opportunity to gain experience with data collection and analysis by participating in an Agency sponsored field project, the Box Turtle Connection Project and at the same time gain experience with a variety of communication platforms and tools. The work performed by the intern will contribute to the conservation of the Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina, which directly supports the Agency mission, "to conserve North Carolina's wildlife resource and their habitat."  In addition, the internship provides an outdoor enthusiast an opportunity to enjoy a wildlife-related activity by hiking while surveying for box turtles.  The communication component of this internship directly supports goal 5 of the WRC Strategic Plan; "Communicate, educate and market wildlife conservation and the role of hunting and fishing in effective wildlife management."  An intern assisting with human dimensions survey studies will increase the Commission's capacity to develop, communicate and adapt wildlife-associated recreational outreach efforts and initiatives for the benefit of future conservation and wildlife management initiatives.

Tasks and Duties:

Writing for blogs, news releases, and species profiles
Ability to capture short videos of wildlife
Track box turtles with radio transmitters 
Conduct surveys for mark-recapture of box turtles
Collect and record biological and habitat data
Operate and maintain data collection equipment 
Assist with data evaluation reports

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

  • Classroom experience with population estimation techniques.
  • Classroom or entry level experience with field protocols and data collection.
  • Basic knowledge of social sciences, and basic knowledge of the scientific method, and wildlife management or natural resources.
  • Familiarity with AP style writing.
  • Basic computer skills for writing and editing.
  • Dependable, hard-working, organized, able to hike long distances, and able to work outdoors in all conditions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Valid driver's license required

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Must be CURRENTLY attending an accredited college/university and enrolled in one of the following academic majors:  Fisheries/Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Biology, Communications, Zoology, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Science, or other natural science curriculum.

Supplemental and Contact Information

Temporary Solutions
Office of State Human Resources
2321 Crabtree Blvd., Suite 110
Raleigh, NC  27604

Closing 4/4/2018 5:00 PM Eastern

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$10.00 Hourly