ACE: Invasive Plant Management Team Members - Horseshoe Bend National Military Park - AmeriCorps
American Conservation Experience
Location: Daviston, Alabama
Type: Temp to Full Time
Preferred Education: Some College
Area of Focus:
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWOInvasive Plant Management Team Members who will work together as a field team to survey, map, and remove non-native vegetation at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park.
Start Date: May 17, 2021
End Date: August 7, 2021
*A 12-week commitment is required*
Location: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Daviston, AL
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park tells the story of the Upper Creek people of Alabama, and the conflict with American settlers that resulted in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend on March 27, 1814. The park preserves the site of the last battle of the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814, where the US Army under General Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Nation breaking the power of the southern tribes and opening the area for white settlement.
The park is located in Daviston, a fairly small town, but Auburn and Auburn University are less than an hour away.
Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $380/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: The ACE members are invited to live in shared park housing and would be responsible for paying $300 a month for the duration of the term.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,638.89) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.
Position Description: After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Invasive 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 Members will remove exotic trees, brush and weeds using chainsaws, power brush cutters, and hand tools such as axes, hatchets, machetes and handsaws. Members will safely handle, transport, mix and apply herbicides to non-native plants. Members will use GPS to locate and document sites and invasive plant populations. Horseshoe Bend NMP encompasses more than two thousand acres of river bottom and forest, and this position will provide opportunities to hike, canoe and survey the natural and culturally rich river, fields and forests of the park.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups. Members will potentially receive the following training: chainsaw and brushcutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck, trailer, and UTV driving, hand tool use, canoe and water safety, equipment operation, small engine and equipment maintenance. The program is interested in applicants with a passion for natural resources who possess teamwork ability, patience, and an intense work ethic who have a desire to expand their resumes.
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.
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.
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.
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).
A personal vehicle for off days.
Must be physically able to hike while carrying up to 40 pounds of gear on uneven and steep terrain, on and off trail, in a variety of weather conditions.
Must be able to work in an environment with high temperatures, poisonous plants, and biting insects.
Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as natural resource management, biology, ecology, or a related field.
Experience with invasive plant management or restoration.
A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural resources.
Experience identifying and managing native and non-native plants.
Experience using GPS and GIS software
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.
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.