ACE: Biological & Prescribed Fire Member – South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge, AR

American Conservation Experience
Huttig, AR
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking 1 Biological Member to work alongside South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuges Complex staff. Under the direction of the wildlife biologist, carries out diverse management activities on various wildlife habitats, forested wetlands, upland and riverine habitats for the improvement and/or maintenance of these habitats for the benefit of a wide variety of plant and animal species. Conducts biological field investigations involving wildlife species and habitats, including population and harvest surveys, biological sampling, population studies, banding, trapping, food habit studies, population modeling, and other wildlife monitoring activities. Implements or assists with implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of specific management practices that affect wildlife habitat on refuge lands. Uses qualitative and quantitative methods to document and analyze data, and include biological data in geographic information systems (GIS). For more information about ACE, please visit: Start Date: Summer/ Fall 2021 End Date: 52-weeks later (prior to 12/31/2022) **52-week commitment required** Location: South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuges Complex The South Arkansas Refuges Complex includes Felsenthal, Pond Creek, and Overflow National Wildlife Refuges. This low lying area is dissected by an intricate system of rivers, creeks, sloughs, buttonbush swamps and lakes throughout a vast bottomland hardwood forest that gradually rises to an upland forest community. Historically, periodic flooding of the "bottoms" during winter and spring provided excellent wintering waterfowl habitat. These wetlands, in combination with the pine and upland hardwood forest on the higher ridges, support a wide diversity of native plants and animals. For more information about South Arkansas National Wildlife Complex, please visit: Age Requirements: Funding for many ACE positions is provided by a federal program designed specifically for the employment of youth and young adults and therefore is subject to minimum and maximum age requirements of 18-30 (35 for veterans). This position requires ACE or FWS vehicle operation in the performance of the duties and therefore the minimum age to be considered is 21. Work Schedule: Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours. A flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed outside of normal work hours including on weekends and/or holidays. Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval. Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $350/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided agency housing at no cost for the duration of the term. AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,195) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required. Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-competitive Hiring Authority: Members serving on this project may be eligible to receive a Department of the Interior (DOI) PLC non-competitive hiring authority certificate upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours (16 weeks at 40 hours/week) and utilize their certificate when applying for qualifying federal positions within 2 years of receipt and before the age of 31. More information can be provided upon request. Position Description: This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals. This could include gaining experience in a variety of conservation fields and/or shadowing different work groups. Primary Duties include: Assists the wildlife biologist in the management and monitoring of endangered/threatened species and/or species with sensitive management implications utilizing Service lands. Conducts migratory bird and waterfowl surveys in accordance with station objectives. Conducts maintenance of the biological program equipment, supplies, and field areas. Operates refuge equipment including boats, kayaks, canoes, outboard motors, all-terrain vehicles, trucks and farm and heavy equipment. Assists with the control of invasive and nuisance species. Identifies, maps, and treats areas with invasive plant species such as Chinese tallow tree, Japanese Climbing Fern etc. Carriers out beaver and feral hog control activities, including removal of beaver dams to protect valuable timber/wildlife resources. Assists with the preparation of plans and reports on endangered species, migratory species and other wildlife population surveys. Assists with public use programs, which include fishing, wildlife observation, environmental education and recreation Serves on a prescribed fire crew. Performs all aspects of prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up. The incumbent may be assigned for varying periods into positions within the wildland fire program where an individual's specialized skills are required. If the incumbent completes the required training/qualifications; this may become an arduous position and subject to medical screening and physical fitness testing. Physical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs.; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements. Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The Forest & Prescribed Fire Technician may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resource. Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the FWS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the FWS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the FWS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to FWS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.
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. U.S. 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. Ability to work alone and in a group Ability to use computer technology to maintain and retrieve information from automated data systems, develop spreadsheets, and use word processing and statistical software programs in order to develop reports. Familiarity with geographic information system (GIS), aerial photography and survey techniques, and global positioning systems (GPS). Ability to communicate in writing in order to assist in the preparation of wildlife management survey summaries Knowledge of the USFWS mission Preferred: Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree in Fire Ecology, Environmental Studies, Wildlife Biology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or other related field of study appropriate to this position. Experience in biological fieldwork, equipment maintenance Education and/or experience using Geographic Information Systems, mapping, GPS Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties including while on federal property or in a FWS or ACE vehicle, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status. To Apply: Please submit your resume, unofficial academic transcripts, 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: ***Academic transcripts are required for verification of related coursework and professional development purposes, as opposed to evaluating prior academic performance. 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 ACE EPIC USFWS Recruitment and Member Manager, Dave Hecker,, (801) 386-1629. 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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