Ocean & Coastal Ecology Internship at the National Park Service

NPS Regional Natural Resource Chiefs identified sea level rise as a priority topic for ocean and coastal National Parks. The purpose of this internship is to work with coastal parks to help them understand and plan for sea level rise (SLR) issues in their units, to educate their visitors, and to help park resource managers consider options for implementing the Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) framework as it relates to SLR. The purpose of this internship is to work with ocean and coastal national parks to help them understand and plan for sea level rise (SLR).

The intern will work to further several goals associated with this topic, including:

  1. providing parks with SLR information, tools (e.g., web resilience/adaptation tools as well as local SLR data and modeling that can be used to investigate park specific scenarios and vulnerabilities);
  2. providing education and outreach to parks and visitors about local SLR impacts;
  3. providing information on options available to park managers to address SLR impacts, such as restoration, building resilience, and pro-actively adapting to existing and projected changes; and
  4. collaborating with other ocean and coastal projects (e.g., coastal restoration) to synthesize SLR resources focused on resilience and adaptation planning.

This internship will be based in the NPS office building in Fort Collins and/or from the intern’s home, depending on the telework situation due to COVID-19; no field work is planned at this time. Fort Collins, CO is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with great access to hiking, biking, fishing, skiing and other outdoor activities. Rocky Mountain National Park is a ~ 1-hour drive from town. The weather in Fort Collins is cold in the winter with occasional snow, mild in the spring, and hot/dry in the summer. Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and has great local restaurants, bike trails, parks, live music and entertainment, and a historic downtown area. This is an office position.

Currently pursuing or completed a degree in Climate Change, Oceanography, Coastal/Marine Ecology, Coastal Engineering or Modelling, Coastal Processes or related field with a basic understanding of ecology. Advanced GIS skills and experience with ArcGIS online (managing, publishing, and editing hosted features, creating web maps) and/or programming/modeling preferred; experience with natural resource/science communication also would be helpful. Must be good at written and oral communication, self-directed, and able to work well both independently and with others.

Application deadline: January 23, 2022
Start date: June 6, 2022
Salary: $27,300
Location: Ft Collins, CO

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