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Appalachian Conservation Corps
Position title : Invasive Plant Management Team Individual Placement - NPS National Capital Region
Deadline to apply : 02/01/2020
Start Date : 03/30/2020
End Date : 09/11/2020
Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern
Town, City, Park, etc : National Capital Region - various parks and partners across the region
State / Territory : District of Columbia
The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. ACC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. ACC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Interns and Crews complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing.
Title: Invasive Plant Management Team (IMPT) Individual Placement
Position Dates: March/April – September 2020
Pay Rate: $500/week + AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 900 hour
Location: Washington, DC
The Invasive Plant Management Team (IPMT) Individual Placement is based in Washington, D.C. working directly with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. This six-month AmeriCorps position will work as a member of the IPMT, focusing on control of invasive plant species using mechanical and chemical control methods which include but are not limited to herbicide application via backpack sprayers and gas operated tank sprayers, chainsaws, brush cutters, hand saws, pruners and loppers. In addition, the IPs will be trained on overall resource management, encouraged to attend NPS-sponsored trainings, and to take part in the activities of other resource programs. While this position is primarily field-based there may be some office-based responsibilities involving the use of GIS and paper and electronic files to conduct invasive plant ranking, evaluate tools for mobile data collection, collect data and/or perform data analysis, contribute to the development of reports, and assist in the development of communication materials.
The AmeriCorps Intern will receive a $500 per week living stipend. Housing is not provided. This position will also be eligible for an education award based on the length of the service term.
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 29, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Physically capable of field activities (hiking, monitoring, survey, testing, etc) for 10 hours in adverse conditions (high heat, high humidity, biting insects, rough terrain, inclement weather)
- Comfortable working in a field and office environment
- Resident of Washington, DC or surrounding metro area
- Two or four yearcollege degree in a biology-related subject area
- Familiarity with local plant identification
- Valid First Aid/CPR/AED certification
- Demonstrated experience in a field environment
- GIS experience or coursework
- Work with the various parks and partners across the National Capital Region with the National Park Service
- Specialized training and experience in invasive plant species management
- $500/week living stipend
- $3,047.50 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion
- Professional development and mentorship from NPS Staff
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