American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Roseburg, OR, USA
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: 

The American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with the BLM Roseburg District Office is seeking one Noxious Weeds Team Members to dedicate 52 weeks to assist in supporting the botanical program of the BLM Roseburg District.The BLM will strive to provide the member with opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about botanical disciplines. However, a foundational knowledge of botany and plant identification is required for this position. 

Start Date: February 2021

End Date: * 52-weeks out from start date

Location: Roseburg, Oregon

There are numerous hiking, camping, and water sport opportunities on lands managed by the BLM, Umpqua National Forest, and Crater Lake National Park. The many rivers and lakes within western Oregon provide both whitewater and flat water boating opportunities.The North Umpqua River east of Roseburg is internationally recognized for its fishing. The larger communities of Eugene, Medford, and Portland are one, two, and three hours drive, respectively, from Roseburg. These cities have airports and all of the amenities of larger communities including large music and theater venues.

Project Website:

For more information about Roseburg District Office; 

Please visit https://www.blm.gov/office/roseburg-district-office for further location details. Check out this great video of the area https://youtu.be/5cCT71knkyY.

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program;

Please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Living Allowance: 

The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $600 /wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 

Housing:

The members will be responsible to find their own housing. There is limited public bus service within the Roseburg area. Roseburg itself is fairly compact and bike commuting is a reasonable option in town. A car is necessary to enjoy the majority of the region.

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority:

ACE Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Qualifying Members are those who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority." Eligible Members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.

Position Description: 

The town of Roseburg is located at an elevation of 465 feet. Average temperatures range from a high of 86 degrees in the summer to a low of 36 degrees in the winter. Average annual rainfall is approximately 33 inches. Snowfall on the valley floor is unusual, and summer humidity is very low.  

The BLM Roseburg District stretches from the foothills of the coastal range to the foothills of the Cascade mountains. Much of the terrain is steep and uneven. Vegetation ranges from forests dominated by Douglas-fir to oak woodland and grasslands. Poison oak is common in non-forested sites. Ticks are common, especially in grassy or shrubby areas. Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are known to occur within the area. Some field locations have poor or no cell-phone reception; however, the BLM will supply two-way radios with excellent coverage and dispatch support. Most BLM roads are natural dirt- or gravel-surfaced. After completing a driving assessment conducted by the BLM, the Members will drive BLM vehicles on the job. 

Work schedules will generally be four 10 hour days during the field season and five 8 hour days during the remainder of the year, with weekends off. This will be primarily a field going position.

Project Background and Objectives:

This position will support the Roseburg District's noxious weed program. The work will be in support of various activities taking place on the Roseburg District, including timber, riparian restoration, recreation, and post-fire Burned Area Rehabilitation. Additional projects will take place at the North Bank Habitat Management Area, a 6,000 acre Area of Critical Environmental Concern managed for Columbian white-tailed deer habitat and several rare plant species.

Primary job duties:

  •  Survey and map noxious weed infestations.
  • Treat noxious weed infestations using integrated pest management methods including mechanical treatment with hand tools, herbicide, and biocontrol.
  •  Monitor noxious weed treatment areas to determine efficacy of treatments and need for future treatment. 

Additional job duties include but are not limited to:

  •  Pollinator garden planting and maintenance.
  • Monitoring of grazing treatments used for vegetation management in oak woodland habitat.
  • Planting native plants and seed in conjunction with ongoing riparian restoration projects.
  • Rare plant monitoring at North Bank Habitat Management Area.
  • Data entry.

Training Provided:

The members can expect to learn (or improve upon) the following skills; identification of vascular plants in Western Oregon, use of a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and GIS (Geographic Information System) software, appropriate treatment methods for target noxious weeds, and vegetation survey and monitoring techniques. Members will be required to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator's License; training and support will be provided to help members acquire the license.  In addition, the Members will have opportunities to work with a variety of BLM specialists (including wildlife, fisheries, and hydrology specialists) and learn about public land management issues.

Qualifications:

Applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with botany, either in the field or through coursework. Individuals with Master's degrees are highly encouraged to apply. This is a demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, participation in the field, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.

ACE Requirements: 

  • Members must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts.
  • Members must be 18-30 (Applicants between 31 and 35 may be considered based on veteran status)
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation; (Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process. (Members must be 21+ to drive ACE/Agency vehicles)
    • Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and the member must be cleared by ACE to drive.

Required for Position:

  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation 
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
  • Members must have experience with Botany or Ecology in an academic and field setting
  • Members must be comfortable once given the right training to use herbicide 

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

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. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the Member Manager, Celia Demers at cdemers@usaconservation.org or 385-226-1260.

EEO: 

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EO) 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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