Natural Community Services, LLC
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: West Bloomfield, MI
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
The position leads ecological and green infrastructure site assessment, design and installation as NCS lead designer, and working under principal ecologist. NCS typically designs 30-40 projects in a typical season, with additional field implementation – so the candidate must also be capable of physical oversight of their designs. Intensive client and staff communication responsibilities, and ability to self-schedule and update stakeholders with meeting times and deliverables is critical.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
Duties for the Design Intern shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Bioswale, butterfly garden, wildlife habitat & other native landscape design
- Physical and biological assessment for habitat restoration and landscape survey
- Geospatial survey using GPS/GIS, laser level and transit
- Construction document development
- Green infrastructure (GI) & ecosystem construction leadership
- Site visits and assessments, surveying
- Assistance with project quality control and photo-documentation
- Community/participatory design strategies
- Provide excellent customer service to volunteers and community partners.
- Water budgeting on GI and wetland project sites
- Take soil borings and conduct analysis of soil at GI project sites.
- Assist with participant survey administration, compiling and entering data
- Provide ecological and biological survey of plant and animal communities
- Lead and oversight of native landscape implementation and ecological restoration
Knowledge of plants native to southeast Michigan. Understanding of the hydrologic cycle. Ability to take soil borings and conduct a soil analysis using the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS) and perform stormwater and watershed surveys. Confidence with GIS; ability to measure site features quantitatively, and biological survey experience preferred. Requires:
- Graduate of landscape architecture or related design or ecological restoration program, or similar studies at the master’s level.
- Confident, able user of Sketchup, AutoCAD, Google Earth Pro, Microsoft Office suite, Adobe, Google Docs
- Prior experience designing and/or installing rain gardens, or strong enthusiasm and capacity to learn quickly
- Prior experience surveying sites with laser level, GPS
Office work will include extended periods of time sitting while using a desktop computer. Some physical lifting as part of field survey, oversight, and project leadership may be required (up to 50 lbs.). Outdoor work may involve walking on slopes, debris-laden uneven ground, in wetlands and along lakes and rivers. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends; suggested dates are noted in the box above. Must be a proactive team player with excellent communication skills, able to multi-task, prioritize and maintain attention to detail. This position requires excellent organizational and customer service skills. Ability to make mathematical calculations and draw for site estimation. Must have reliable transportation.
- Employment is part or full-time and 30-40 hours/ week
- Pay is $21-25/hr., commensurate w/ experience
- Start date and application is rolling - can be part-time in winter 2019-20 or 2020 full/part-time May 1
All interested parties are invited to submit 1) a resume, 2) three references, and 3) a statement indicating why you are interested in this internship. E-mail to: email@example.com
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