American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Grand Canyon Village, AZ, USA
  • Fellowship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park is seeking ONE Vegetation Program Volunteer Coordinator Fellow to dedicate around 30-weeks serving directly with the Grand Canyon vegetation staff exploring the field of vegetation management. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, and who are invested in learning more about site restoration, volunteer management, plant propagation, and nursery management.

 

This position is being re-flown on May 6th, 2019.  We are looking to fill this position AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so please apply when you can.  Also, feel free to send Tori Klotz, contact information provided at the bottom of this listing, a follow up email after you apply and we will take a look at your application ASAP.

 

Start Date:  ASAP 2019 - looking for May applicants. Apply now!

End Date:  December 20, 2019

 

Location: Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona. Living locations are at high elevation (South Rim 6860 ft.). Summer on the South Rim is pleasant with temperatures reaching 80F and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winter can be cold with occasional snow storms. Be prepared for all elements when living at the Grand Canyon - snow, rain, heat, drought, etc. 

 

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Grand Canyon, please visit the NPS website at: https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm. For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

 

Compensation: The intern will receive a $480/week stipend for food and incidentals that will be paid bi-weekly. Housing will be provided. 

 

Project Background: The Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program is a multifaceted program designed to protect, restore, and maintain the ecological stability within the Park boundaries. In the past, interns have worked on assisting the park in their effort to control invasive species such as Russian thistle, Himalayan blackberry, goat grass, bull and scotch thistle, to name a few. Removing or controlling this invasive species threat is often the first step towards the active restoration efforts that naturally come next. Restoration efforts include planting, watering, mulching, and caging effort, in addition to coordinating, monitoring and data collection. Last year saw significant native plant production and site restoration.

 

Position Description:  The objective of this position is to support and stimulate education and training opportunities for young adults through collaborative participation in vegetation management and monitoring activities in Grand Canyon National Park. A primary objective of this position is to engage young people in stewardship service and to build the next generation of conservation leaders.  This hands-on project entails NPS Vegetation Program staff collaborating with an ACE intern to perform the following duties:

  1. Assist with the management and implementation of the Vegetation Program's Volunteer Program. 
  2. Implement crucial components of vegetation program activities throughout the park. 
  3. Other duties may include collecting seed, propagating plants, salvaging native plants, planting native plants, removing invasive plants, maintaining the park's native plant nursery, and educating the public through visitor and volunteer interactions. 

 

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental science, botany, ecology, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management, forestry, or a related discipline.

Required:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Between the ages of 18-35
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS as well as with the public and in large group settings
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation, and have a personal vehicle
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills 
  • Must have an interest in community outreach and involvement
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor duties in all types of inclement weather and at high altitudes (up to 8,000 feet)
  • Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and serve on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park
  • English proficiency required

Preferred:                                                     

  • Knowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomy, including plant identification and use of dichotomous keys
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field
  • Ability to serve alone or in a group
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer (training provided by NPS if this situation arises)

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

 

EOE: 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.

 

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; this position may close at any time.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Tori Klotz at tklotz@usaconservation.org or 385.522.3171.

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