Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking Two Invasive Species Specialist Interns to assist the USFWS with invasive plant and feral hog management duties at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, pertaining to the refuge Resource Management Plans. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources and/or wildlife management on our public lands.
Start Date: ASAP (flexible for the right candidate)
End Date: 12 weeks from the start date
*A 12-week commitment is required for this position*
Location: Trinity River Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is approximately an hour from Houston, and an hour from the Gulf Coast - 10 minutes from Dayton, TX.
Project Websites: For more information about the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge and its diverse resources please visit the website at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/trinity_river/ or explore their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trinity-River-National-Wildlife-Refuge/178339332279191.To learn more about the ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $220/week paid out biweekly for food and incidentals. On site housing is provided at no cost to the intern. Also a one-time $600 moving bonus will be provided.
Position Description: The intern will perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to:
Invasive Plant Management: applying herbicide to treat invasive plants including Chinaberry, Chinese tallow, Johnson grass, McCartney Rose, and Water Hyacinth on land
Aquatic Invasive Plant Management: monitoring Gaylor Lake for return sprouts of Water Hyacinth via kayak and/or canoe
Operate GPS units and compass for monitoring purposes
Drive 4WD government trucks and operate UTVs
Assist in feral hog monitoring and trapping including baiting and monitoring traps
Educate public on invasive and native plant and animal species; excellent opportunities exist to engage and inform local community on resource management issues at the Refuge.
Equipment Use and Training: The Refuge will provide a government vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the Intern is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the Intern is asked to use. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Heavy equipment (tractors, dozers, graders, backhoes, front-end loaders, etc.) may not be used by Interns unless the Official U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service training and certification process is completed. Local training is allowed for small equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, ATVs and UTVs. A valid state driver's license is required for any (highway legal) vehicle use.
Environment: The heat and humidity in southeast Texas can be brutal, punishing, and intense. Heat index is about 110 Fahrenheit in August. If you have had heat stroke, please do not apply for this position for health reasons. Temperatures are often over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity can 100% at the same time. Interns must also be able to swim, climb, crawl, and run. Poisonous plants include poison ivy and stinging insects include wasps, bees, mosquitoes, and fire ants. Venomous snakes are also present, including copperheads, water moccasins, timber rattlesnakes, and coral snakes.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree or be pursuing a degree in ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND APPROPRIATE EXPERIENCE IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE. Resume and Cover Letter must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience needed, as defined in this announcement.
US Citizen or Permanent Citizen
Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
High level of physical fitness. Ability to swim, climb, crawl, and run. No history of heat stroke, narcolepsy, epilepsy, or anything other medical condition where one should not serve alone in remote locations or in water. Substance abuse will not be tolerated.
A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is required for personal time off and getting to-and-from the internship
Must be willing and able to obtain ATV/UTV and tractor operation training (will be provided by FWS)
Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
Ability to speak to the public and media in person, on the radio, or through newspaper articles
Able and willing to serve alone and in a group
Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions, especially hot outdoor conditions
Capable of participating in sustained physical labor including ability to frequently push, pull, and lift 40 lbs.
Ability to operate independently and in remote areas
Herbicide Applicator license
Competent in Microsoft Office
Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
Ability to identify hog signs and tracks
Previous hog trapping and/or invasive plant species management background
Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many steps
Skills and ability to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in the field or office setting
Skill in maintaining and safely operating motorized vehicles and specialized equipment including: highway vehicles, farm tractors, ATVs, UTVs, weed eaters, etc.
Experience and/or knowledge with GPS equipment
Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies
The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the USFWS reserves the right to require drug testing.
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 any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist, Zo Moskwa, 801.707.7832, or firstname.lastname@example.org.