Environmental Design & Planning Internship

Hiring Organization: Natural Community Services
Employment type: Internship, Seasonal
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
Job Location: West Bloomfield, MI

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Location: West Bloomfield, Mich. 

Position: Part-time initially, possible full-time hours during summer/fall months Flexible hours, and some work from home design/planning opportunities. 

Primary Duties: Perform environmental field work and office-based studies as directed by supervisor, in support of corporate, nonprofit, municipal, and institutional clients. Wetland mitigation and monitoring, wetland/riparian/terrestrial ecological restoration, and wildlife habitat design activities, including production of construction documents and community outreach and environmental education materials. Perform identification of Michigan native and invasive plants and animals, as well as construction oversight, installation, and maintenance activities, including mechanical and chemical invasive species treatment, mulching, weeding, planting, seeding, pruning, and watering. Assist with flora and fauna surveys, wetland delineation, natural features assessment, and ecological monitoring activities. Prepare graphics, data, and written reports. Travelling to work locations in company or personal vehicle – flexible. 

Qualifications: Qualified individuals are to have a basic knowledge about natural resource restoration with a landscape architecture or ecology discipline of study being preferred. Candidates must have strong field, writing, and oral communication skills and be able to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. Qualified individuals must display intermediate knowledge and skills related to Michigan native and invasive plant identification and Michigan native ecosystems. Basic knowledge and skills related to ArcGIS and 

Adobe Creative Suite and/or AutoCAD software. Qualified applicants must be well-versed in Microsoft Office. Applicants must have the ability and willingness to use and maintain equipment and tools associated with the implementation and maintenance of native landscape designs and ecological restoration projects, such as herbicide wands and backpack sprayers, loppers, saws, GPS, range finder, soil auger, etc. Job duties may require an employee to lift heavy objects, traverse rough terrain, and experience inclement weather with exposure to sun and insects. The applicant must have reliable transportation and the ability and willingness to undertake considerable travel within southeast MI during the field season. 

Education & Experience: Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student or graduate n an accredited natural resources, landscape architecture, horticulture, or environmental engineering program. 

Compensation: Pay starts at $11/hour, with opportunities for advancement upon successful completion of internship period (through September 2017), and attainment of certifications (e.g. pesticide applicator license)


John DeLisle

Natural Community Services

Cell: 248.672.7611 


Email: j_delisle@hotmail.com 

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