American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • MA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking ONE Restoration Ecologist Fellow to conduct invasive plant control/monitoring and assisting with habitat restoration projects at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Massachusetts.

 

The Ecological Restoration Fellowship is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance your conservation training by working on several climate-related restoration projects on a Coastal Ecosystem.  This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in coastal geology, biochemistry, or restoration ecology and a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources stewardship on our public lands. Working side by side with Refuge Biologist and a diverse group of conservation organizations and academics, the Fellow will be helping to advance several innovative restoration techniques being piloted at the Refuge salt marsh.  From May to July, the Fellow will also coordinate a large-scale invasive control project in the 20,000 acre Great Marsh.  Currently in its 12th year, the Great Marsh Pepperweed Project, will give the Fellow opportunities to develop strong partnership and community outreach skills, as well as volunteer coordination and leadership skills.   The fellowship will last 50 weeks. The starting and ending dates are flexible to some degree.

Start Date: May 29, 2018.

End Date:  May 10, 2019 (or 50 weeks from start date)

Location: Parker River NWR, Newburyport, MA

Project Website: For more information about Parker River NWR, please visit

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/. For more information regarding ACE, please visit www.usaconservation.org.

 

Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $480/week paid out biweekly. On site housing is available at no cost to the intern.   An additional $1,000 travel allowance is available to the intern.

 

PLC Competitive Hiring Authority: This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Interns who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs. Requirements are: (1) Intern must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Intern must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request.

 

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700 hour AmeriCorps Education Award

upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

 

Position Description:

Primary duties of the Restoration Ecologist will include:

  • Assist with design, monitoring, and evaluation of innovative restoration techniques.
  • Conduct various monitoring protocols, such as hydrology, elevation, biogeochemistry, and vegetation. Adapt data sheet as needed, and maintain all electronic and hardcopy records.
  • Conduct data analysis and summaries to evaluate salt marsh response to restoration strategies, and suggest changes to monitoring protocol or restoration design.
  • Coordinate with collaborating universities on monitoring, restoration design, data analysis, and report writing.
  • Coordinate with numerous organizations, volunteers, Refuge interns and community groups to map, pull and spray perennial pepperweed within the 20,000 acre Great Marsh.
  • Assign weekly work assignment to 4 Refuge interns and several volunteers to meet project objectives.
  • Document mapping, treatment, community involvement, and deliver outreach in support of the project.
  • Maintain, enhance and seek out new partnership opportunities to increase project capacity.
  • Use ArcGIS Online and desktop software to manage all restoration and monitoring data.  
  • Assist with other biological work (plover management, bird and plant surveys), and other Refuge work (e.g. public outreach) as opportunities and interest allows.

Physical Requirements: This internship position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.

 

Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday. This intern may have projects that begin very early and/or go late into the day and may have weekend duties as well. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours.  Time off will be granted.

 

Equipment Use: The Refuge will provide a vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the Intern is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the Intern is asked to use, such as ATVs, UTVs, or boats. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it.  A valid state driver's license is required.

 

Position Environment: Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes can be encountered in the performance of outdoor duties. The intern is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/interns or resources. The intern will be working outdoors and may be exposed to heat or cold, high humidity, stinging and biting insects, and inclement weather.

 

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing towards a degree) in

ecology, coastal geology, marine biologist, biogeochemistry, botany, natural resource management, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. 

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicles). PLC eligibility for those 30 years of age and under
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; 
  • A personal vehicle is required for off-duty hours due to the distance of housing to office and stores
  • Strong research skills and experience with coastal geomorphology, salt marsh ecology, and biogeochemistry.
  • Enthusiasm for understanding coastal process and learning how restoration strategies can increase climate resiliency.
  • Strong writing, communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong GIS and data analysis skills.
  • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions.
  • Commitment to completing tasks thoroughly and on time.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Ability and interest in working in the field with variable weather conditions and ability to lift 40 lbs and walk long distances over uneven, wet surfaces.
  • Skills and abilities to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in a field or office setting.
  • The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. 

 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 ACE EPIC USFWS Recruitment Supervisor, Melissa Early, 801.573.8984 or mearly@usaconservation.org.

 

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