American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Middlesboro, KY, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is seeking TWO Invasive Species Management Members interested in dedicating 52-weeks in support of the National Park Service.  The Members will be responsible for working on a variety of ongoing projects conducted in the Park, but the majority of fieldwork will be Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) control.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our National Parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource management.

 

Start Date: November 4, 2019  

End Date:  November 1, 2020 (or 52 weeks after start date)

*A 52-week commitment is required*

 

Location:  Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (CUGA), which is located at the corners of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.   

The Park contains 24,000 acres of which 14,000 acres are proposed wilderness. The natural beauty of Appalachian mountain country, lush with vegetation, supports a diverse flora and fauna.  CUGA has 70 miles of hiking trails, mountains, streams, and caves. Middlesboro, Kentucky is the nearest town and is large enough to accommodate three grocery stores, fast food, several restaurants, and a movie theater.  Knoxville, Tennessee is approximately 1.5 hours away and many amenities of a large city.

 

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm. For more information on ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

 

Compensation:  The ACE member will serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week for food and incidentals. The member will be provided with a one-time equipment allowance of $200 for the purchase of field boots.

 

Housing: IF there is room in the NPS dormitory it will be available to the member and a stipend equivalent to its rent will be provided.  The member may opt out of NPS housing in favor of their own rental location and a housing stipend of $700/month ($175/week).  NOTE: it can be rather difficult to locate rental accommodations in the area.

 

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for two 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Awards of ($2,960 each) or 1x 1700-hour awards ($5,920) upon successful completion of position's hours.  Additional enrollment is required.

Members who have served a minimum of 640 hours on appropriate public land projects may qualify for Public Land Corps non-competitive hiring status.

 

Position Description:  The ACE member will assist the Park's Resource Management staff in accomplishing a variety of tasks.  The member will spend the majority of their time in the field performing physically demanding tasks as assigned. Approximately 75 - 80% of the fieldwork will be Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) control; duties will also include exotic plant management and other invasive species work.

This project is very physically demanding. In order to perform Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) control, the ACE member must be very comfortable navigating off trail in the backcountry using GPS. Backcountry camping in a team of two will be required.  This treatment is performed off-trail and requires bushwhacking through rhododendron, mountain laurel, and greenbriar up-and-down steep slopes, crossing streams, carrying 2.5 gallon jugs of insecticide, measuring trees, applying chemical at the base of the tree, marking treated trees, and moving onto the next tree. Member must be able to hike up to 8 miles a day carrying up to 40 lbs of gear in all weather conditions and in steep terrain.

Another duty would be exotic plant control.  Exotic plant control at CUGA is almost always accomplished by spraying herbicides.  There are two primary methods of exotic plant control performed CUGA.  The first method involves foliar treatment with a backpack sprayer that carries two-three gallons of herbicide.  Foliar spraying large areas of exotic plants require members to carry this heavy load of herbicide, often in full sun, on slopes in difficult terrain.  The second method requires cutting down shrubs and small trees with hand tools and then spraying the stumps with concentrated herbicide solution.

The member will spend the remainder of their time performing other relevant tasks as assigned. Examples of other duties include bat monitoring, wildlife surveys, and ginseng surveys.

The staff at CUGA is dedicated to providing members with diverse field experiences, while also providing guidance to develop professionalism and a solid understanding of the complexities of managing the resources of a National Historic Park.

 

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in a natural resource based curriculum or other related disciplines. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. We are seeking a determined, detail-oriented person who is looking for experience in the National Park Service with an eye toward a career in Resource Management.

Required:

  • Must be US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Must be 18-35 years of age.
  • A valid driver's license and insurable driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request). A personal vehicle is required.
  • Member will be required to hike 5-10 miles per day while carrying up to 40 lbs of gear on uneven and steep terrain, on and off trail, bushwhacking in some cases through rhododendron, mountain laurel, and greenbriar.
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork, including backcountry camping.
  • Must be able and comfortable with navigating off trail by maps and GPS units in the mountains.
  • Must be a mature and responsible individual.
  • Must be willing and able to serve in all weather conditions, from 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 90% humidity in full sun to freezing temps in winter.
  • Must be willing to use herbicides and insecticides and pass the Kentucky pesticide certification test to apply pesticides in forestry situations.
  • Must be able to serve in small a group setting, performing strenuous duties, while keeping a positive attitude.
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

 

Recommended:

  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources; for example, range, wildlife, soil, water, and minerals is desired.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with peer professionals, volunteers, and NPS staff.
  • Ability to identification plants on sight or by using a dichotomous key.
  • Ability to serve independently in remote areas.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a Natural Resources professional.

The members must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS 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 ACE EPIC Eastern Recruitment Specialist, Madison Douthitt, (828) 329-4793, mdouthitt@usaconservation.org

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