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

Summary:

American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with the Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking a Range Technician Crew Member for 12 weeks. The participant will assist the Forest Service at the Blackrock Ranger District. This opportunity will allow the Range Technician Crew Member to work under the supervision and guidance of professional range and natural resource specialists performing a variety of duties related to rangeland management including allotment inspections, monitoring and implementation of on the ground noxious weeds and invasive plant control. 

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Rangeland Management or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Wyoming's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research. 

Start Date: June 10, 2019

End Date: 12 weeks from start date.

Location: Bridger-Teton North Zone: Blackrock & Jackson Ranger Districts 

The Blackrock Ranger District is comprised mostly of the Teton Wilderness. The district borders Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It is home to the headwaters of the Yellowstone River and the Continental Divide.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest offers more than 3.4 million acres of public land for your outdoor recreation enjoyment. With its pristine watersheds, abundant wildlife and immense wildlands, the Bridger-Teton National Forest comprises a large part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest intact ecosystem in the lower 48 United States. Offering nearly 1.2 million acres of designated Wilderness, over 3,000 miles of road and trail and thousands of miles of unspoiled rivers and streams.

Housing: Provided by US Forest Service 

Project Background and Objectives:

For more information on Bridger-Teton National Forest, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/btnf/recarea/?recid=71393

For more information about ACE, please visit www.usaconservation.org.

Compensation:

$400/week living allowance. Typical work week will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week and some overnights. Possibility of camping in remote locations for backcountry work trips over an extended period of time, primitive camping/per diem will also be available for camping and training. 

AmeriCorps Education Award valued at $ 1252.91 may be available upon successful completion of placement.

Position Description:

This opportunity will allow the Range Technician to work under the supervision and guidance of the range technician lead, as well as professional range and natural resource specialists, performing a variety of duties related to rangeland management including allotment inspections, monitoring and implementation of on the ground noxious weeds and invasive plant control. Less frequently, the participant may conduct monitoring of sensitive plant species populations. This position will primarily be conducting duties related to noxious weed and invasive plant control and monitoring.

Training Provided: 

Optional May14th-16th training available to help members acquire the needed background information to obtain their Qualified Applicator License (QAL). This training will be paid for by the US Forest Service, but travel to/from, and lodging during, will not be paid for. QAL testing fees will also be paid for by the USFS. 

June 11th commercial & private Wyoming pesticide applicators license training/license course. Paid for by USFS, with per diem provided for travel. 

Project Environment:

The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day. 

Opportunities to perform assigned work while traveling with wilderness trails crews exist and would take place in extremely remote environments and may require primitive camping and living skills for upwards of two weeks in duration. 

Qualifications:

Applicants should have degree in Range or Resource Management or relevant professional experiences in closely related fields. 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. 

Duties may include:

  • Operate, maintain, and inventory weed management equipment. 
  • Mix, maintain, and calibrate herbicides and pesticides for use in rangeland environments.
  • Inventory, monitor, and map existing weed populations utilizing agency data collection applications, commercial global positioning systems and topographic maps.
  • Conduct rangeland rehabilitation and restoration projects.
  • Work with permittees, partners and cooperators within the geographic area to ensure weed management efforts are successful.
  • Checks range allotments to assess appropriate time to graze, compliance with management plans and operating instructions, number of livestock, herding procedures, salting, range improvement, and maintenance. 
  • Inspects allotments before and after grazing for trespass stock and if found, gathers necessary brands, numbers, dates, and locations. Reports non-compliance or other management needs to the supervisor.
  • Estimates the utilization of available forage by all grazing animals and determines as closely as possible the percent of use by each class of animal. 
  • Using accepted indicator plants determines range readiness and advises supervisor.
  • Surveys known plant populations to determine trends. 
  • Conducts surveys of project location to determine presence/absence of plant species.
  • May operate 4x4 vehicles and ATVs.
  • May perform duties using livestock.

Required:

  • Members must be US citizen or possess a green card.
  • Must be 21 30 years of age (up to 35 for veterans).
  • Since this position requires driving, members must be 21+.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record.
  • Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Members must be cleared by ACE to drive. 
  • Members should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day. 
  • Members should be capable of working in remote locations for backcountry work trips over an extended period of time, primitive camping. 
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group of 2 with minimal supervision.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience.
  • Members must have a high a high fitness level, be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 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:

  • Horse experience is not required but would allow for greater opportunities.
  • Wyoming QAL license preferred, but members will have opportunity to take the exam in their first two weeks of service.

The member must be willing to represent ACE and the Forest Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. 

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

To Apply: 

Please submit a resume, cover letter and 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 USFS Recruitment Specialist Celia Demers cdemers@usaconservation.org or 385 226 1260.

EE0: 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.

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