ACE/NPS Massachusetts: Cape Cod National Seashore Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Internship- AmeriCorps

American Conservation Experience
Wellfleet, MA
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$150/week, eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,527.45)
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Interns to dedicate 12 weeks in support of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The primary duties will be assisting with field surveys to assess conditions of freshwater vegetation communities. This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their field skills in vegetation monitoring and plant ecology.

Start Date: June 5, 2017

End Date: August 28, 2017

* A 12-week commitment is required *

Location: The Cape Cod National Seashore is located in Wellfleet, MA.

Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore's 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape's glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, ground water fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore's ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

Project Partner Website: For more information regarding the Cape Cod National Seashore, please visit the NPS website at: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $150/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the internship.

Also, a $1000 travel allowance will be distributed evenly throughout the internship's 12 weeks to aid in the costs of relocation and any commuting to/from the duty station.

AmeriCorps: These positions may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of ($1,527.45) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description: The candidate will conduct aquatic vegetation monitoring within permanent ponds in the Province Lands region of Cape Cod National Seashore (Provincetown). There will be a limited amount of water quality of pond sediment sampling/processing as well.

60% of time: Conducting field surveys to assess condition of freshwater vegetation communities.
30% of time: Basic laboratory projects to determine various pond sediment properties and preparation of water/soil samples for analyses of nutrient concentrations by an outside facility.
10% of time: Training and office projects.
The vegetation surveys are part of Cape Cod National Seashore long term Inventory & Monitoring Program to assess the ecological condition of pond habitats within the Province Lands region. The surveys will also attempt to answer the question of whether leachate from the Provincetown landfill has impacted these systems.

Schedule: The ACE Interns schedule will be 5 days/week, 8 hours per day (40 hrs. per week)

Training: Field safety, vegetation measurement techniques, use of GPS units, map and compass training, vehicle training, etc. will be provided.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, marine biology, botany, wildlife sciences, biology, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.

Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners
Must be able to complete tasks well independently and on a team
Ability to use field guides and dichotomous keys for plant ID
Physically able to conduct field surveys under demanding weather in rough terrain
Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
Must have a deep interest in plant ecology/botany and a respect for nature
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
Proficiency in English is required

Degree/pursuing a degree in botany or plant ecology
Identifying wetland plants of the Northeast
Knowledge of the natural history and scientific processes of the Northeastern United States; for example: ecology of marine ecosystems, dune and barrier beach ecosystems, coastal geologic processes, freshwater ecosystems, marine biology
Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
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