Cave and Karst Assistant

Cave and Karst Assistant

Website Mammoth Cave National Park

The Mosaics in Science Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

**All Mosaics in Science interns are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination**

Stipend: $600/week + housing

Start Date: 05/08/2022

End Date: 07/31/2022

Project Description:
The primary duty of the internship participant will be to assist the park’s Science and Resources Management Division in the field with a variety of projects. The project includes updating and expanding the inventory of caves and karst features in the park, locating and inventory of small karst springs in the park. Documentation will include collecting GPS coordinates, updating park database and photographs. Field work will include back country hiking as well as some caving. The selected person will be locating via GPS unit and map cave sites, spring sites, karst features or paleontological sites. Checking recorded locations to determine if present, recording vital data such as GPS locations, photographs, recording data on field data sheet, and etc. Office work will include combing records for resources that have not been field verified and entering data into park databases and the GIS system.

If the intern is interested, there is also an opportunity to document Mississippian and Pennsylvanian fossil plants in sandstone outcrops and rock shelters on the park. Documentation would be similar to lesser caves and springs, but would also include filling out a paleontological site form for each site.

Other possible opportunities while at the park may include monitoring avian species in the park, trail monitoring, water quality, monitoring sensitive species, archaeological site monitoring, historic site and abandoned well locations, visiting cemeteries, etc.

The individual will work under the supervision of the park’s GIS Specialist. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required to allow the individual to obtain computer access. The work will involve strenuous physical activity, hiking through forest and undergrowth, hot and humid weather. We have two types of venomous snakes as well as several varieties of non-venomous snakes, ticks, yellow jackets and etc. The participant will receive training in safe caving and back-country fieldwork. The majority of the work will be in the field there is little office work involved with this position.

Ability to hike through the forest carrying a heavy load, in thick undergrowth, during hot and humid weather. Able to work in caves assessing entrances, may be crawling in small wet muddy passages. The participant will receive training in safe caving, back-country fieldwork, field work in caves and how to carry a heavy load in the field. The majority of the work will be in the field -there is very little office work involved with this position. A valid driver license is required to drive a park vehicle. A park vehicle will be available for field work, but a personal vehicle is recommended for getting to town for supplies and groceries. Housing is within walking distance of the assigned office.

A background in Science or GIS is helpful for this position but not required.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, inclusive, or veterans up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

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