American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Florissant, CO, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking THREE Biological Science Technician Interns to dedicate 26 weeks in support of the Invasive Plant Group at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. One of these roles will be operating as the crew leader. The purpose of the internship is to work with the Invasive Plant Group for the purpose of management, control and eradication of invasive, exotic plants, and assist in restoration efforts in high visitor-use areas and selected backcountry sites. This is an internship that will expand the resume of anyone starting a natural resource career. This internship will provide many career exploratory and networking opportunities, as well as working alongside an international volunteer.

These opportunities are intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with a background in any aspect of natural resource management, but who are committed to the physical requirements of field work and vegetation management opportunities within the desert, shrubland, and riparian environments of Colorado's ecosystems.  This position is being posted on April 12th, 2019 and we are looking for individuals that are ready to begin on May 20th.  Please apply as soon as you are able, if you are available for the below listed time frame.

Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for the crew leader role or a crew member.

 

Start Date:  May 20, 2019

End Date:  November 16, 2019

* A 26-week commitment is required *

 

Location: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in Florissant, CO

 

Project Setting: Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado. The duty station for this position is Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument located in Florissant, Colorado. This is 15 miles west of Woodland Park, Colorado with a population of approximately 7,600 and 35 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, which has a population of approximately 380,000.  Elevation is 8400 feet; temperatures range from average lows of 0-10 degrees in winter to average of 75 degrees in summer. Both Woodland Park and Colorado Springs have ample shopping, entertainment, medical, and public-school facilities.

 

Project Website: For more information regarding Florissant Fossil Beds, please visit the NPS website at: https://www.nps.gov/flfo/index.htm. For more information about ACE and the internship program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org

Compensation: A $695 / week stipend will be provided for food, housing and incidentals for team members, and $775 / week will be provided to the team leader.

Housing: Housing is not provided by the park service but is available in nearby towns.

 

Project Details: This position is located in a National Park (NPS) Unit. The purpose of the position is to perform routine biological science tasks common to natural resource management. After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Exotic-plant management, including use of mechanical, manual and chemical control and site restoration, is a high priority in our National Parks. In this intensive field position, ACE interns will be exposed to a variety of terrain to implement and document invasive plant management control methods including manual, mechanical, and chemical techniques. Additionally, interns will also be responsible for using GPS and GIS to locate and document sites and invasive plant populations.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Treating invasive plants
  • Monitoring vegetation and collecting seeds
  • Salvaging plants and revegetating native plant communities
  • Collecting and recording field data on plants and plant communities accurately
  • Using databases and spreadsheets to enter biological data
  • Navigating in remote backcountry settings using compasses, topographic maps, aerial photos, and / or GPS units
  • Mapping spatial data in the field using GPS units
  • Assisting with leadership for youth and volunteer groups on natural restoration and protection projects
  • Using a variety of equipment to accomplish field-related duties such as Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), backpack sprayers for herbicide application, GPS equipment, and hand tools
  • Team Leader Implementing established protocols and project goals while providing leadership in a field setting to volunteers and team members

 

The use of GPS units, computers, digital camera, and government vehicles will be required to accomplish these projects. Projects will include long periods of time standing, bending over and hiking in developed, remote backcountry, and wilderness areas of the parks. The ACE Intern will be required to be physically able to hike one-to-ten miles (round-trip) in rough terrain carrying up to a 50 lb. backpack.

 

Work Environment:  This internship is primarily a field (outdoor) position. When in the field, weather conditions may vary and will include potential for fast-moving lightning storms and temperatures varying between 60 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Projects will be performed at altitudes ranging above 8,500 ft. Work will also include heavy lifting and carrying hand tools, GPS equipment, and backpack sprayers, as well as bending and stooping for long periods of time. Indoor work will include sitting at a desk in the in-park resource offices. Field work also includes exposure to insects and wild animals.

 

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental science, environmental studies, botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resource management or related discipline.    

Required:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labor.
  • Must be physically fit and have the ability to carry up to 50-lbs up to 10 miles over steep terrain for up to 8 hours/day.
  • Have strong back, knees, and ankles (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them and endanger you).
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Ability to work alone and in a group.
  • Interested in working in conjunction with an international volunteer.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

Preferred:

  • Colorado State Applicator's License
  • Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
  • Ability to identify plants and wildlife using identification guides
  • Knowledge and ability using GIS/GPS equipment in the field
  • Ability to work alone or in a group, at times with limited supervision
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, including UTVs
  • Degree or significant coursework in botany, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, geography, or closely related field as they relate to the position noted
  • It is highly desirable to have a personal vehicle, as it is difficult to secure reliable rides to / from the park or for groceries or other activities that you wish to engage in during off hours

ACE 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 your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/

 

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Division Recruitment Specialist Tori Klotz, 385.522.3171 or tklotz@usaconservation.org

 

 

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