Natural Resource Management Assistant – Fort Collins, CO

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 23 Jan 2022

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NPS Ocean and Coastal Resources Branch
Fort Colllins, Colorado (with potential for remote work)
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$525.00/week =$27300.00
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The primary task is to use existing bathymetry data to develop maps characterizing seafloor geomorphology using the Bathymetric and Reflectivity-based Segments (BRESS) algorithm developed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire. These maps will then be translated to terminology within the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS), the federally adopted standard for classifying mapping data. Additional possible map products that may be developed include rugosity, benthic habitats, and species/habitat prediction models. This intern will also compile and assess existing ground-truth data (e.g. video footage, still imagery, structure from motion (SfM) models, sediment and biological samples) to inform the derived maps. The intern will also use online resources including maps and models from the Invasive Species Habitat Tool (INHABIT) to map out and create watch lists for aquatic invasive species for specific parks and/or regions. This information will then be used to create an interactive map of aquatic invasive species that are or could be present within parks.
Required: Ability to be self-directed and work independently, as well as part of a team; interest in learning new skills, critical thinking, and problem solving; attention to detail; moderate GIS skills; proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; experience developing communication and outreach materials; basic knowledge of seafloor mapping; basic knowledge of remote sensing data collection and processing (LiDAR, acoustic, and/or satellite). Preferred: Experience and/or technical training in seafloor mapping/mapping benthic habitats and geomorphologic features; benthic/marine ecology; coastal geology/geological oceanography; climate change; remote sensing data collection and processing; advance GIS skills (including coding and python); geospatial data analysis; statistical analysis; Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS). Additional comments: The tasks associated with this internship would likely be most enjoyable to a person who is detail oriented, has a curious nature, can think critically, and is interested in investigating/developing methods for processing and analyzing datasets. We recognize that the tasks outlined for the internship require a broad range of skillsets, which we do not necessarily expect applicants to possess. We will do our best to tailor the project tasks to the intern’s interests and skillsets.
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Eva DiDonato
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