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DescriptionAudubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization headquartered near Albany, New York. We work with partners to deliver high quality environmental education and certification programs to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play.
Audubon Internationalhas received a grant from the New York Conservation Partnership Program to perform a natural resource inventory and develop s management plan for its 138-acre Hollyhock Hollow property located just south of Albany, NY. An opportunity is available for a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student (or team of students) from local college or university to receive independent study, internship, senior honors thesis, or capstone project credit for conducting a natural resource inventory on Hollyhock Hollow, and developing a wildlife habitat management plan for the property. Preferred candidates will be seniors or graduate students majoring in natural resources management, environmental studies, ecology, land use planning, or a related discipline at a local institution of higher learning.
This is an unsupervised position that requires the student to collect data on his or her own schedule. Site visits may be spread out across several trips over the summer and fall, be conducted over the course of one 40-hour work week, or some other combination. As long as accurate data are collected, it is up to the student to decide on a data collecting schedule that works for him or her.
July-November 2013: Conduct natural resource inventory.
October 2013: Submit raw data and brief summary narrative of data to Audubon International.
February 2014: Submit draft of Management Plan to Audubon International
June 1, 2014: Final NR Inventory and Management Plan due to Audubon International
The timeline is somewhat flexible. For example, the student may choose to conduct a summer, fall, and winter assessment, in which case the February 2014 due date may be extended. The final NRI and Management Plan will ultimately be due in June 2014.
ResponsibilitiesThe student will be responsible for performing a Natural Resource Inventory on the Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary property. A student will be tasked with the following:
1. Conduct a thorough document review of the property, including reviewing prior natural resource assessments, management plans, property deeds, photographs, maps, and other historical information. Most of this information will be provided by Audubon International, but students are welcome to conduct further research by obtaining aerial photographs, surveys, etc. from local archives.
2. Conduct a baseline natural resource inventory (NRI) for the property. The NRI will summarize historical data, catalog vegetative communities, wildlife occurrences, and other natural resources within the property.
3. Create a detailed map of property locations and boundaries, land use/land cover, water resources, wildlife habitat, geologic features, and public access points using GPS and GIS mapping tools. Photographs should also be taken of the property, preferably of features on the map that were of note.
4. Develop a wildlife habitat management plan for the property. The plan should articulate natural resource conservation and environmental education goals for the property and detail measurable objectives and management actions for achieving these goals. Property goals may include native biodiversity enhancement, habitat restoration, environmental education, scientific research, conservation assistance, or public access improvements. A simple budget for proposed activities should also be included.
The data collection process must be done onsite, but the management plan may be developed remotely.