Forest Vegetation and Rare Plant Monitoring Member - Shenandoah NP
Type of Job
$200/week, housing, AmeriCorps Education Award
Feb 4, 2022
About the job
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Forest Vegetation and Rare Plant Monitoring Member to work alongside Shenandoah National Park staff collecting forest vegetation and rare plant monitoring data at sites throughout the park.
Find full position announcement and apply here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/729761.html
Start Date: May 23, 2022
End Date: September 23, 2022 (or 18 weeks after start date)
*An 18-week commitment is required*
Position Description: The ACE member will participate as part of a crew to monitor forest vegetation using standard sampling techniques; assist with rare plant and human use monitoring activities; perform data entry and management tasks, particularly on rainy days; participate in meadow monitoring; receive training for plant identification, sampling methods, and field safety; and cross-train with other natural resource management operations.
Physical Demands: An excellent level of physical fitness is required. The member must have the ability to carry a heavy 40-lb pack and carry longer equipment such as measuring poles in their hands while hiking on and off trails for several miles every day. The member must have the desire and ability to spend 10 or more hours per day outside away from bathrooms and the shelter of buildings in hot and humid weather. It is essential that they are able to hike in steep and rocky off trail terrain, and also have the ability to tolerate extended periods of standing, looking upward, bending, stooping and crawling. The member must also have a strong willingness to be exposed to the daily hazards of the field environment including heights and cliff edges, stormy weather, deep mud, stream crossings, thick tall thorny vegetation, disease carrying ticks, stinging insects, bears, snakes, and spiders. Ground nesting hornets are also abundant in summer. The member will be required to wear a helmet, gaiters, safety glasses, and mask throughout the summer in accordance with program safety policies.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. Training opportunities will include plant identification; use of GPS equipment; off-trail field navigation; photo documentation; vegetation sampling methods; field safety. First aid / CPR training may or may not be available depending on restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cross training opportunities may or may not be available depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. If available, cross training opportunities may include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups. Topics may include plant restoration, invasive plant control, fisheries, wildlife, trail work, interpretation, or student education.
Educational and Training Opportunities: The staff at Shenandoah National Park will coordinate with the member to set up educational cross-training days. Topics may include plant restoration, invasive plant control, fisheries, wildlife, trail work, interpretation, or student education. Training opportunities include plant identification; use of GPS equipment; off-trail field navigation; photo documentation; vegetation sampling methods; field safety, first aid / CPR.