American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Forest Service
  • Jackson, WY, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the USFS (Bridger Teton NF) is seeking an Invasive Species Monitoring Intern for 16 weeks to assist the Teton and Gros Ventre Wilderness staff in updating the plan and protocols for monitoring invasive species, conducting surveys of selected species in priority locations, expanding current citizen science program, compiling existing information about invasive species, and assisting with general public education and outreach. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Botany or Environmental Science, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship goals of the Bridger Teton National Forest.

Start Date:  Early June          

End Date:  16 weeks after start date

Location: Bridger Teton NF, Jackson Ranger District 340 N Cache St, Jackson, WY 83001 Located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), Jackson, WY is surrounded by majestic public lands, diverse wildlife habitat, and the Wild and Scenic Snake River. In fact, 98% of Teton County is public lands. The GYE provides incredible wildlife habitat and migration corridors for elk, pronghorn, mule deer, and other charismatic species. The Gros Ventre Wilderness is situated adjacent to the town of Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. It is an exquisite, undulating landscape --- filled with rich wildlife habitat, blue ribbon trout streams, the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Gros Ventre River, and charismatic plateaus and peaks that may been seen as iconic reference points from Jackson. Frequented by hikers, horse packers, hunters, and anglers, the Gros Ventre Wilderness is a recreational paradise.

Project Background and Objectives: Invasive species is a core element of wilderness stewardship performance (WSP) for both the Teton and Gros Ventre Wilderness areas. Though a noxious weed management plan for the Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) was approved in 2005, and subsequent progress has been made in the monitoring and eradication of invasive species, a recent review found that current plans are not consistent with national policy in that they do not include all taxa of concern, priority species need to be updated giving emerging threats from animal and aquatic invasives, and preliminary protocols for inventory and data entry need to be updated to comply with accepted TESP-IS standards.

The BTNF is looking for a highly capable, independent and passionate individual to help lead the charge in the creation of up-to-date inventory and monitoring of invasive species through the Teton and Gros Ventre Wilderness areas.  

For more information on Bridger Teton National Forest, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf

For more information about ACE and the EPIC program, please visit www.usaconservation.org.


Compensation:
$750 per week living allowance (Stipend).  Typical workweek will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. This position has an additional allotment for travel and training, to be used at the approval of the BTNF.

Housing: Housing is provided by the USFS at no additional cost to the intern. Bunk house policy typical of FS standards will be expected of interns who choose to use this option.

Not Provided: Appropriate clothing/gear for this position, which includes: boots, work pants, backpack, rain gear, etc., will need to be acquired prior to the position start date.

Position Description: This initiative focuses on high-value areas, notably Wilderness and WSRs, to quantify the location and extent of targeted populations of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.

Project objectives include

1) Update protocols for the Teton and Gros Ventre Wildernesses to ensure consistency with FSM 2900 and the NFS Data Recording Protocols and Requirement for Invasive Species Survey, Inventory, and Treatment. Update the list of priority species.

2) Compile existing invasive plant monitoring data collection by the Forest Service and TCWP and enter all data into TESP-IS, including any data collection in 2018.

3) In partnership with TCWP, expand citizen science efforts to include priority areas within Wilderness for invasive species detection using EDDMaps system. Train selected wilderness ranger, trail crew members, and fire personnel to assist with detection.

4) Accomplish 25 days of early detection survey by citizens and field crews. Complete more intensive inventory per national protocols at a minimum of 10 priority locations.

Training: Applicant will receive job training on working in a wilderness environment including staying safe in bear country, leave no trace practices, map reading, radio use, stream crossings, and tips on gear and nutrition. Applicant will also require direct training in plant identification with an emphasis on invasive plants as well as inventory and data protocols. Opportunities to learn from other resource specialists (e.g. wildlife, aquatics) will be provided as well as learning from non-profit partner organizations.

Qualifications: Applicants should have degree in botany or environmental science, or a closely related field. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.  

Required:

  • Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card
  • Since this position requires driving, interns must be 21+.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required

Have demonstrated the following experience....

  • Interest in invasive species management and basic experience in field botany.
  • Proven ability to collect data in a field environment with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics (LNT)
  • Familiarity with hiking and camping in Grizzly Bear country
  • High fitness level and an interest in camping in backcountry settings
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

Preferred:

  • Experience identifying aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in a field environment
  • Ability to use of a taxonomic key
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience.
  • Ability to hike 15 + miles with a 30-pound pack

Intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BTNF in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.


**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist Melissa Early mearly@usaconservation.org.

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