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Natural Resources Intern

Department: Museum Programs
Location: Mackinac Island State Park
Start Date/End Date: early June through mid-August
Pay Rate: $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the internship; Free Housing

Scope of Duties:
The Natural Resources intern will assist in protecting and preserving the natural resources of Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP). Working in conjunction with MSHP staff and conservation partners, duties include invasive species inventory and removal, trail maintenance, and public interpretation of our natural resources.

-Assist with identifying and removal of invasive species threats in Mackinac Island State Park under the direction of the MSHP Park Naturalist and the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District invasive species control team.
– Develop and implement public interpretation opportunities regarding natural history and invasive species on Mackinac Island, including programs at the British Landing Nature Center.
– Assist Park Operations staff at Mackinac Island State Park with ongoing trail maintenance, including removal of downed trees, trimming brush, sign painting/repair, etc.
– Assist Park Naturalist with inventory of wayfinding signs throughout Mackinac Island State Park, and other special projects as assigned.

Position Requirements:
– Applicants working towards a degree in natural resources management; biological, earth, or environmental science; education; interpretation or related field preferred.
– Applicants with a practical knowledge of forest and stream ecology and able to identify common plants and animals found in northern Michigan are preferred.

Internship Location and General Information:
This position will include fieldwork throughout Mackinac Island State Park and interpretive programs at the British Landing Nature Center. General schedule will be four days/week for 12 weeks from early June to mid-August.

Housing and Stipend:
MSHP will offer free housing to the selected individual in return for 32 hours per week of internship duties. Housing is dormitory-style with kitchen facilities available. A $2,000 stipend will be awarded upon successful completion of the internship.

Physical Requirements:
Stretching and bending are moves commonly made throughout the day by interns in this position. The intern must have the ability to do the following activities, with or without reasonable accommodation: frequent lifting, carrying, transporting, loading and unloading of up to 35 pounds, walking long distances and up steep inclines in all weather conditions, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time, and the ability to utilize ferry boat transportation to and from Mackinac Island. This position also requires the individual to walk over uneven terrain and up steep inclines.

Due to the high volume of applications, only those applicants invited to interview will be contacted.

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Please contact:

P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231-436-4100 x111