Manassas National Battlefield Park

Grassland Bird Management, Biological Science Intern  -  Manassas, VA

Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves approximately 4,400 acres of rolling hills, forests, and grasslands where the 1st and 2nd Battles of Manassas occurred. The Park is home to many different natural communities that support biologically diverse populations of flora and fauna. As the surrounding lands become urbanized by a rapidly growing population, the battlefield has become a regionally significant natural oasis. With warm season grassland habitat in decline, Manassas Battlefield provides a home and resting stop to over 160 species of birds.

Six years ago, Manassas Battlefield established a program for monitoring the Northern bobwhite quail population and assessing the quality of their habitat to make informed land management decisions. The program has led the battlefield to join the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) as a focal area for the national program. As a focal area, the park is to assess the ecological suitability of our grasslands and make efforts to improve the quality of the habitat in the park’s warm-season grasslands. The park will benefit from LHIP intern's support the park’s role as a focal area for the NBCI, and to assist additional natural resource projects. In this role, the intern would monitor Northern bobwhite populations during spring and grassland breeding bird surveys, perform habitat assessments, and implement a ground-nesting bird habitat improvement plan.

Duties would include but are not limited to: performing bird surveys, creating brush piles in forest edges, improving wildlife habitat, planting native forbs, completing habitat assessment surveys, completing the associated data management and assisting with any additional natural resource management projects. Additional natural resource management projects could include forest vegetation monitoring to assess the impacts of deer browsing, upkeep of wetland and meadow planting areas, integrated pest management, pollinator garden management, and natural resource education and outreach.

Final products and deliverables of the LHIP project would include: 57 completed Northern Bobwhite and grassland breeding bird surveys with completion of the associated data entry and management; Arc GIS shapefiles and maps of existing land management practices and recommended management actions; the implementation of recommended land management actions in multiple areas of the park; and a written summary of the management actions that took place.

Lastly, the LHIP intern could expect to learn about the National Park Service Agency's core competencies and its mission, and the variety of careers that exist within the Department of the Interior.

Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate should have a strong background in ornithology, GIS and natural resource management.
  • Additionally, the applicant must be comfortable with physical work and arduous tasks in extreme environmental conditions. This is an internship that will require a mixture of field-work and office work.
  • A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required to operate government vehicles.

Housing:

Park housing will be available to the intern at no cost. 

About Manassas National Battlefield Park:

Located just outside Washington, D.C. in the Virginia countryside, the site of the Battle of Bull Run features ranger tours and Civil War reenactments.

In the summer of 1861, soldiers gathered to fight the first major land battle of the war. Confident that their foes would turn and run, neither side anticipated the death of battle. Nearly one year later, both sides met again on the same battlefield with the Confederates defeating the Union. Today the battlefield park provides the opportunity for visitors to explore this historic terrain.