Southeast Coast Invasive Plant Management Team Members - Congaree National Park
Type of Job
Jul 13, 2022
About the job
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Members for the Southeast Coast Invasive Plant Management Team (SEC-IPMT) to contribute to invasive plant management projects alongside the SEC-IPMT Staff.
For more full position description and to apply, please visit: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/820595.html
Start Date: August 28th-Mid September, 2022 (flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
End Date: May 2023 or 36 weeks from the start date
*a 36-week minimum commitment is required *
Location: Congaree National Park, Hopkins, South Carolina
Congaree National Park is a stunningly beautiful and very special place. This park protects the largest contiguous tract of old growth floodplain hardwood forest in the southeast. Our boundaries encompass approximately 27,000 acres, the majority of which is designated wilderness. In general, the climate is mild with very, very hot and humid summers. Columbia is the closest major city to the Park. It is a very nice city with much to keep you busy and entertained. There are many hiking opportunities within a short drive of the city and this is a wonderful place to be if you are a paddler. Columbia is also only about 2 hours from the mountains and 1.5 hours from the ocean.
For more info: http://www.nps.gov/cong/index.htm
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided park dormitory style housing at no cost for the duration of the term. Members will be eligible to enroll in a health insurance policy. Worker’s Compensation coverage will be provided by ACE.
The team will live together while in travel status, so the ability to get along with others is vital. The housing accommodations will vary from rustic park housing to hotels, but while traveling camping will not be required.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1200-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($4,441.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Scheduling: The team will be based at Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC; however, will periodically travel on a work schedule of eight consecutive ten hour working days, then return to Congaree for six scheduled days off before traveling to the next park or site for eight, ten-hour days.
Position Description: This placement is a 36-week opportunity to be a part of a traveling team that will focus on invasive plant management at 13 parks in the Southeast Region. These include national parks in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. The team will visit several, not all, of these parks during your term.
You will control non-native plants using both manual and chemical methods (75%), perform distribution mapping of non- native plants using GPS (10%), and assist with additional resource management field, GIS, and data management projects (15%). Because of the travel intensive nature of this placement, we are looking for adaptable applicants willing to work in an environment requiring a lot of flexibility. At times our travel plans change suddenly due to unforeseen weather or training opportunities.
Again, the team will live together while in travel status, so the ability to get along with others is vital. The housing accommodations will vary from rustic park housing to hotels, but while traveling camping will not be required. The program is interested in crewmembers with initiative, leadership ability, patience, and an intense work ethic who have a desire to expand their resumes.The crew will be manually removing exotic invasive vegetation in both urban and rural NPS sites.
This placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to NPS land management and networking with professionals at various parks. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups. Members will potentially receive training on chainsaw and brushcutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck and trailer driving, hand tool use, GIS skills, and see a variety of beautiful parks located in the Southeast.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility.
- Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Be 21 or older (crewmembers will be required to operate a leased vehicle, which requires all drivers be 21+)
- Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
- A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- A personal vehicle (not to be used for work, just for personal use, remember at times you will have six days off at a time!)
- Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Have strong back, knees, and ankles: (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them, and endanger you -Must at times work in poison ivy infested landscapes, (if you have strong reaction to P.I., beware!)
- Must be comfortable living in tight quarters with small group of people, possibly sharing a room on your off days
- ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
- To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website here.
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, entomology, or a related field.
- Experience with invasive plant management or restoration.
- Experience operating a vehicle while pulling a trailer.
- Experience identifying and managing native and non-native plants.
- Experience using GPS and GIS software
- An ability to use power equipment and 4WD vehicles.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/820595.html.
If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist, Victoria Yee at email@example.com.
This position will close on Monday, August 1st, 2022.
Please submit your application before this date for priority consideration. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. Candidate review and interviews will be conducted August 1-12.
EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.