Hiring Organization: Natural Community Services
Employment type: Internship
Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
Job Location: Southfield, MI
Natural Community Services (NCS) Internship Program is to inspire and develop students’ creative and analytical skills for green infrastructure design, conservation planning, sustainability of landscapes, ecosystems, geological and water resources. NCS’ Environmental Intern will have opportunities to assess, plan, draw, model, restore, monitor, and link urban and rural ecosystems, compose sustainable designs, interpret/apply environmental regulations to various filed sites, and educate SE MI clients under the mentorship of experienced native landscape designers, restoration practitioners, conservation/environmental planning leaders in their respective fields. NCS intern will be fostered in learning and becoming productive workers in sustainable design, applied ecology, and environmental planning sciences, and given an introduction to the business operations of a diverse green infrastructure, ecological and environmental services company.
MINIMUM GPA 3.5 (Include copy of transcript with response to this solicitation)
Intern shall have education and/or experience in CAD-based landscape or other design software (such as Trimble Sketchup, LandCADD) AND ArcGIS/GoogleEarthPro, or similar/both
Intern shall have interest in both design and planning using GIS, and able to use MS Excel
Ability to interpret and write technical specifications; have interest in green infrastructure. Interns education and/or experience shall include exposure to green infrastructure concepts
Intern must have excellent people skills – She/he will work closely with Principal and Landscape Ecologist to survey, plan, and graphically express project site data and environmental conditions
Internship positions include the following: supervision, training, orientation and evaluation.
Give complete copies of required forms that students are required to sign as a condition of their internship from academic institution
Intern must be able to work a flexible and project dependent work-schedule
Assure students will have assistance with training, materials, and/or other items required to perform job and learn skills as required by this internship.
Capacity to operate and communicate via social media
The successful applicant will apply knowledge and skills related to Environmental and Ecological Planning, Design, GIS, Sales/account management and related software for ecosystem, landscape, and environmental planning projects. Under supervision of the Principal Ecologist, the Intern will assist in site assessments, data collection, mapping, and sales/management of project clients. Design/Sales intern will also work under direction of NCS staff in the removal of non-native plant species, native seed collection/planting, invasive/native plant species monitoring, soil, hydrological, forestry, and wildlife/biotic sampling, planning/design, as needed. Managing the office in a field day situation and fielding calls from stakeholders and staff is expected experience.
Use of NCS’ company cloud data and computer systems is a primary part of this position, and client data shall remain confidential. Prudent sales/client response is of the essence, and this position has a distinct role in facilitating client interactions. The applicant may also participate in basic tasks of site inventory and monitoring both native and invasive species, as well as routine team fieldwork managing these species. Although the majority of duties will be carried out in metro Detroit area, with many design projects at NCS office, the applicant may spend some significant time at field sites in southern Michigan.
***VIP – This position requires an outgoing and engaging personality, a basic understanding of environmental issues and the ability to clearly communicate about them, desire to learn the art of sales, business management and financial transactions, knowledge or ability to learn quickly geospatial software and a high-level of organization and integrity. Design training and artistic creativity strongly preferred.
Natural Community Services believes in spreading “green fire” – an environmental education and stewardship manifesto which both instills Environmental Design, Planning and Ecological Restoration’s core competencies and gives a continuous learning ethic to:
Planning and Environmental Market Data Systems
NCS desires to give the intern the tools they need to share conservation outreach information and ecological education to all types of groups. GIS/GPS, survey skills, database management, prioritization strategy, as well as adaptive processes are emphasized. Website design and web/social marketing will be implemented. Sales of sustainable designs are based on obtaining accurate information about client and site resources, and analyzing them strategically.
NCS Environmental Planning/Design/Sales intern has the goal and mission of composing clear and attractive design drawings that meet each client’s individual needs. They will be ready to use a variety of interpretive and CAD techniques and new media to ensure the ecological restoration message is heard, understood, acknowledged, and remembered. The proper use of native plant species in facilitating, wildlife habitat, water quality, aesthetic and maintenance functions shall be emphasized.
The founder of the company brings a strong background of interpretive and interactive sales, planning and implementing green infrastructure designs, and presenting and interpreting complex information for a variety of audiences, and will guide environmental education standards for the intern. Personal client meetings and calls as well as social media enabling integration of sustainable and client-friendly practices will be encouraged. The intern shall be compensated in commission for this portion of the job (see below)
***Annual intern report, co-authored by Principal Ecologist and Intern, will be submitted as a record of work, education, and conservation/restoration accomplishments of intern, in cooperation with academic institution as/if needed. The Environmental Planning/Design/Sales Intern may expect an accountability document defining his/her progress in:
The Environmental Planning Intern at NCS may work in variable weather conditions, at remote/home office, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances, including field work/ergonomics, eye-strain from electronic devices, etc. These conditions:
Natural Community Services offers competitive compensation, flexible work policies and a collaborative, LEARNING-ORIENTED work environment, AND CONTACTS AND NATURAL EXPERIENCES to the best places in Southeast Michigan. We also provide professional development and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires innovation, professional development, a client-oriented sales culture, conservation and restoration achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
Intern shall be compensated at a rate of $11 per hour for field & office work and for any sales on a commission basis-
5% OF GROSS PROFIT INITIATED OR EXECUTED BY INTERN WILL BE GRANTED TO INTERN AS COMPENSATION. COMMISSION SALES RECORD WILL BE MAINTAINED BY BOTH PARTIES FOR STATE, LOCAL, AND FEDERAL TAX REQUIREMENTS.
John DeLisle, PWS●Principal Ecologist & Owner
Natural Community Services, LLC EnvironmentalConsulting●EcologicalRestoration●NativeLandscapes
30775 Longcrest Southfield, MI 48076 248-672-7611 firstname.lastname@example.org http://naturalcommunityservices.webs.com/