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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park is seeking ONE Habitat Restoration Intern to dedicate 26weeks 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, endangered species management, plant propagation, and nursery management.

 

Start Date:  April 14, 2019

End Date:  October 10, 2019

* A 26-week commitment is required *

 

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: A $265/week stipend will be provided for food and incidentals. Shared housing is provided at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (Pets not allowed). There is up to $650 available for relocation and $200 for equipment, such as durable boots.

 

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour ($2,960) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

 

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's boundaries. The Restoration Interns will assist the NPS with disturbed land mitigation, native plant community restoration, and overall preservation and conservation of natural resources. The Restoration Interns will contribute to the successful restoration of numerous sites throughout the Park that have been impacted by human-caused disturbance. They will also help conserve the Park's natural resources through a wide variety of vegetation management and monitoring actions.

While the Vegetation Program is just one part of the larger management effort of the Park, the projects being done by the Restoration Interns crosses all lines, and affects all aspects of park management from recreation to maintenance, wilderness management to endangered species protection.

 

Position Description:  The Restoration Interns will collaborate with the Restoration Biologist and the Field Crew Coordinator to complete restoration activities in the Park's developed areas. Projects will include salvaging native plants, collecting seed, planting native plants, spreading mulch, watering restoration sites, removing invasive plants, implementing a vegetation inventory and monitoring activities, and completing a wide variety of tasks at the Park's Native Plant Nursery. All of these tasks contribute to the conservation and restoration of native vegetation and wildlife habitat within Grand Canyon National Park. The Restoration Interns will serve as co-leaders, with NPS and staff, for groups of volunteers involved in vegetation program activities. Other related tasks may be assigned at the mutual discretionof the NPS and ACE.

 

TrainingNPS Vegetation Program Leaders will provide on-site oversight of all activities and maintain safety standards through the field season's activities. NPS will provide ranger-led interpretive tours, talks, presentations, or other similar development opportunities to enhance the experiences of the Restoration Interns. Plant identification skills, GPS use, backcountry hiking and navigation, and other specific skills as they relate to the positions will be developed through the training provided by NPS. There will be opportunities for guided hikes and presentations and trainings will be offered to staff and volunteers periodically throughout the season.

 

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
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the Southwest and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places
  • Must have an interest in community outreach and involvement
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor duties in all types of inclement weather
  • 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

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.

 

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.

 

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 National Recruitment Manager, Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171 or tklotz@usaconservation.org.

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