American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • National Park Service
  • Three Rivers, CA, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, is seeking 2 Members to contribute to the Invasive Species and Meadow Restoration project alongside National Park Service Staff. 

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

 

Start Date: January 21, 2021

End Date: May 15, 2021

*a 17-week minimum commitment is required *

 

Location: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - Three Rivers, CA

This is an opportunity to work and live in one of the premier national parks with such diverse resources as giant sequoia groves, alpine peaks, foothill blue oak woodlands, deep canyons, wild and scenic rivers, numerous caves and abundant plant and animal life. The parks are stunningly beautiful and encompass elevations from 1300 feet to the top of Mt. Whitney at 14,496 feet, the highest point in the lower 48 states. It contains many varied eco-zones ranging through foothill hardwood forests and grasslands, montane mixed conifer belt, sub-alpine forests and treeless alpine zones. During wintertime the ground above 6000 feet elevation is covered in deep snow.

For more information regarding Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks please visit their website at:  http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

 

Living Allowance: ACE Member will receive a living allowance of $500/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. A $500 reimbursement relocation allowance is also available.

 

Housing: Provided ACE members will be accommodated in provided park housing at no cost for the duration of the term. Housing consists of recently renovated 3-bedroom homes with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Housing may or may not be shared, depending on COVID-19 guidelines at the time of placement.

 

Scheduling: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week. Schedule varies but typically consists of five 8-hour days each week, though when appropriate will shift to four 10-hour days.

 

Position Description: This project will be part of a two year plan to treat invasive plants  after fire fuels reduction treatments (mechanical or prescribed fire) to eliminate seed production and reduce seedbank and allow native canopy to close. Eliminate spread from areas of known invasive species present within treatment areas (and reduce the invasive plant seedbank) as well as controlling specific species in Ash Mountain (Sequoia NP) and Cedar Grove (Kings Canyon NP).  Control is needed following openings created by burning and mechanical clearing, and to prevent employees and visitors from spreading these species into uninfested areas via clothing or equipment or vehicles as well as to improve the ecological condition of treated areas.

The main duties include mapping invasive plant infestations, identifying target species, estimating percent cover and treating areas. This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their field skills in natural resource management and invasive plant species monitoring.

 

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.

 

Qualifications: 

Required:

  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. 
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
  • This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
    • Must be 21-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

Preferred:

  • Competitive applicants for this position will have relevant experience or demonstrated interest in biological or natural sciences.
  • Experience in using botanical/dichotomous keys in plant ID.
  • Willingness to apply herbicide (training provided).

 

Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.

 

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. 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 Member Coordinator Deidra Goodwin at dgoodwin@usaconservation.org.

 

EEO: 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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