Southeast Conservation Corps (SECC), empowers young people to attain compassion, responsibility and grit through community service, hard work and environmental stewardship. SECC is a local, non-profit, AmeriCorps affiliated organization based out of Chattanooga, TN. SECC selects young adults ages 16 – 35 (depending on specific program), to complete conservation work projects on public, private and municipal lands throughout the Southeast. SECC fosters the personal development of corpsmembers through environmental stewardship projects and experiential learning. Through community partnerships, SECC provides hands-on job training opportunities to young adults while simultaneously meeting natural resource needs throughout the Southeast.
SECC positions focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SECC also provides an opportunity for interns to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
Overview of Terrestrial Monitoring internship: The candidate will spend the majority of the internship assisting the Botanist with monitoring of vegetation communities, following strict methods and protocols. The candidate will also assist the Wildlife Biologist with deployment and retrieval of automated bird and amphibian recording devices, and to a lesser extent with data processing and analysis. The candidate will be responsible for conducting canopy tree species surveys and downed woody debris monitoring independently. Other responsibilities include field-equipment preparation / maintenance, insuring accurate identification of plants, and data entry. This year we will be working in 5 national park units: Canaveral National Seashore near Titusville, FL; Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC; Fort Frederica National Monument in St. Simon’s Island, GA; Moore’s Creek National Battlefield near Currie, NC; and Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, GA. Travel is a large component (80%) of the position, and offers an opportunity to encounter a diverse array of locations and enviroments!