Intern/Box Turtle Research

  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Wake County, NC, USA
  • Mar 12, 2018
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Research 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/Box Turtle Research/Wildlife Education and Social Sciences.  The Wildlife Education Division has a local research project and education and communications projects that provide undergraduates the opportunity to develop career-related skills and to network with professionals. The selected candidate will also be able expand their understanding and working knowledge of the agency responsible for managing North Carolina's wildlife resources.
The Box Turtle Connection Project is a long-term project the Commission 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 population numbers, compare sites throughout North Carolina 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, the Commission was able to survey the woods during the summer which allowed collection of 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. It 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 expect to experience data analysis, as well. This year, the robust protocol developed for the site requires two people working around 20 hours a week during the most active season for turtles (May through July).

By expanding this internship opportunity to include human dimensions survey assignments, the lucky intern will be able to add both field work experience and program evaluation 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, an undergraduate collects and analyzes Box Turtle data using telemetry and GIS methodology; assists with social science data analysis, reports on education programs and assists with on-line expansion and access to education resources.

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. At the same time, he/she will gain experience with human dimensions survey tools and data analysis used to evaluate program effectiveness. The work performed by the intern will contribute to the conservation of the Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina, which directly supports the Commission's 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 through woods while surveying for box turtles. The education and evaluation component of this internship directly supports the fifth goal of the Commission's 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:
Track box turtles with radio transmitters 
Conduct surveys for mark-recapture of box turtles
Collect and record biological and habitat data
Convert DNN data to Excel format
Operate and maintain data collection equipment 
Hunting Heritage seminar survey data entry, data cleanup and analysis.
Assist with data evaluation reports
Assist with digitizing program materials for on-line access.

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
  • Ability to enter and filter data and perform data analysis for frequency and percentages using Excel functionality
  • Basic computer skills needed to edit PowerPoint presentations and word documents.
  • Ability to scan and upload electronic documents
  • 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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Government- State/Provincial


$10.00 Hourly

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