Photography Internship

General Statement of Internship:

Under cooperative supervision of Discover Life in America, Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff the ATBI Photography intern will assist with information technology, photography, high resolution scans, and development of educational outreach materials related to the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory during the 2010 research season. Workplace will be at Twin Creeks Natural Resource Center.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with scientists, educators, staff, and volunteers who are conducting a survey of the biodiversity of GSMNP. Does photography, scanning, working with the image database, and preparing educational materials for the DLIA website and other uses.
  • Assists with Bio-Quests and other special surveys.
  • Works with DLIA staff to participate in volunteer training programs, special events, and other activities as requested.
  • Keeps a journal and portfolio of experiences and prepares preliminary and final reports to be presented at the ATBI Annual Conference in 2010.

Minimum Training and Experience:

Currently enrolled in a degree program with course work in environmental studies, photography, communications, journalism, and/or information technology, and some experience conducting research, working with the public, planning and leading programs. Must apply to Discover Life in America, and be recommended by advisors at the college or present employer.

Special Requirements:

Lodging provided by Discover Life in America. Intern will live in dorm-style living arrangeme•nts, sharing the living quarters with NPS summer staff. Intern will agree to contract arrangements to comply with NPS and DLIA standards. A driver’s license and personal transportation required.

Skills, Knowledge, and Performance:

  • Has considerable knowledge of the resources, methods, and practices involved in communications, photography, and information technology.
  • Has considerable knowledge of the natural history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Understands the mission and objectives of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory and the role of Discover Life in America.
  • Is skilled in the use of computers and software for word processing, data entry, image scanning, and other operations.
  • Is able to exercise considerable independent judgment and discretion in applying standards to a variety of work situations.
  • Is able to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Is helpful, tactful, and courteous with the public, park staff, coworkers, and ATBI researchers.
  • Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant, and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities.
  • Accepts supervisory instruction and direction.
  • Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards and keeps a clean and orderly workplace.


The ATBI Photography Intern position will be a flexible 8 – 12 week position between May and September 2010.

Apply to:
DLIA, 1316 Cherokee Orchard Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738, attention: Todd Witcher.

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