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Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex LiDAR Fuels Monitoring: 2 Positions Available (Gautier)

Project Type: Field – this field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region; Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Gautier, MS

Housing: Supported (Housing will be provided off-site)

Project Background: The LiDAR Project at the Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex will integrate the latest forest vegetation surveying and monitoring technology. Working as a team, two Fellows will use terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) based forest vegetation surveying/monitoring to gather data to inform active management on refuges, specifically fuel loading changes over time with respect to wildland fire, forestry, and botany. 

Project Duties: The project and its data collection will be conducted at multiple FWS locations! At the start their Fellowship, Fellows will train with the staff at Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida, where instruction on the protocol and use of the terrestrial LIDAR to survey the vegetation (fuel) will be provided by the Tall Timbers and USFWS staff. Then, Fellows will gather data with the terrestrial LIDAR at the Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Mississippi, adjusting the protocol for the National Wildlife Refuge System needs, direction, and policy. At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellows will return to the LIDAR data at the Tall Timbers Research Station for post processing of the LiDAR data, and finally end the Fellowship by spending a week in the spectacular City of Atlanta, Georgia, where Fellow will present their work and products to USFWS fire, forestry, and inventory and monitoring staff.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological sciences; education and outreach; social sciences; geographic information sciences; or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: 1) Need to have a valid driver’s license (needed to drive a Government vehicle) 2) Must be familiar with developing forest or biological survey protocols (such as timber cruising). 3) Must be able to conduct field work involving hiking and carrying equipment. 4) Familiarity with developing forest or biological survey methods and protocols (such as timber cruising) is desired. Course work in 1) Geospatial Information Science area (ARCGIS/GPS) Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources/Geomatics, 2) Ecology of Natural Resources/General Ecology, 3) Forest Mensuration/Resource Inventory/Forest or Biological Surveying, 4) Forest Mgmt. /Wildlife Mgmt., 5) Soils and Hydrology, and 6) Dendrology are helpful.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, teamwork, technical writing.

GIS Modeling for Waterfowl Habitat (Natchez)

Project Type: Field – this field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership

Location: Legacy Region 4Southeast Region; St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Natchez, MS

Housing: Supported (Rent-free housing at Duty Station)

Project Background: St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Mississippi River just south of Natchez, Mississippi. It is well known for the thousands of wading birds, waterfowl, and forest birds, which utilize the dense flooded areas, swamps, bottomland forests, and uplands. The project will assist refuge management in planning actions to optimize waterfowl and/or waterbird habitat provision, within the context of a dynamic alluvial floodplain. The Fellow will model energetic carrying capacity to help Refuge management to better understand factors influencing its ability to support waterfowl/waterbird goals and objectives. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will organize and synthesize refuge GIS data into a single geodatabase and model and/or analyze refuge management actions on waterfowl habitat provision. The Fellow will also produce a report/feasibility study for future management actions to optimize waterfowl and/or waterbird habitat provision on the Refuge. 

This project is excellent for improving skills in GIS and experience in planning natural resources and wildlife habitat management.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Geographic Information Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Biological sciences, or closely related field

Working Conditions/Requirements: Valid Driver’s License (needed to drive a Government vehicle); Ability to conduct field work involving hiking and carrying equipment.

Desired Characteristics: Project Management experience; Technical Writing; Other: GIS (e.g., ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro).

 Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) LiDAR Fuels Monitoring: 2 Positions Available (Brooksville)

Project Type: Field – this field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership 

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region; Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Brooksville, MS

Housing: Supported (Off-site housing will be funded by office)

Project Background: The LiDAR Project at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge will integrate the latest forest vegetation surveying and monitoring technology. Working as a team, two Fellows will use terrestrial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) based forest vegetation surveying/monitoring to gather data to inform active management on refuges, specifically fuel loading changes over time with respect to wildland fire, forestry, and botany. Experience with any of the following is helpful: 1) Geospatial Information Science area (ARCGIS/GPS) Spatial Analysis of Natural Resources/Geomatics; 2) Ecology of Natural Resources/General Ecology; 3) Forest Mensuration/Resource Inventory/Forest or Biological Surveying; 4) Forest Management/Wildlife Management; 5) Soils and Hydrology; 6) Dendrology.

Project Duties: The project and its data collection will be conducted at multiple FWS locations! At the start their Fellowship, Fellows will train with the staff at Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida, where instruction on the protocol and use of the terrestrial LIDAR to survey the vegetation (fuel) will be provided by the Tall Timbers and USFWS staff. Then, Fellows will gather data with the terrestrial LIDAR at the Gulf Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Mississippi, adjusting the protocol for the National Wildlife Refuge System needs, direction, and policy. At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellows will return to the LIDAR data at the Tall Timbers Research Station for post processing of the LiDAR data, and finally end the Fellowship by spending a week in the spectacular City of Atlanta, Georgia, where Fellows will present their work and products to USFWS fire, forestry, and inventory and monitoring staff.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological sciences; education and outreach; social sciences; geographic information sciences; or other closely related field. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: 1) Need to have a valid driver’s license and ability to drive federal vehicles. 2) Must be familiar with developing forest or biological survey protocols (such as timber cruising). 3) Must be able to conduct field work involving hiking and carrying equipment. 4) Familiarity with developing forest or biological survey methods and protocols (such as timber cruising) is desired.

Desired Characteristics: Leadership capacity, Teamwork.