Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Cumberland Gap National Historic Park is seeking ONE GIS Member interested in dedicating 52 weeks in support of the National Park Service. The GIS Member will be responsible for all GIS work conducted in the Park and collaborate with regional GIS specialist to accomplish these duties. Additionally, the GIS member will be expected to conduct fieldwork approximately 20% of the time.
This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in GIS and natural resource management.
Start Date: October 7, 2019 (Start date is flexible and contingent on the accepted candidate securing government ID card prior to work. This can take approximately one month from the time of hire.)
End Date: 52 weeks from start date
* A 52-week commitment is required *
Location: Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (CUGA) near Middlesboro, KY.
The Park is located at the corners of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Carved by wind and water, Cumberland Gap forms a major break in the Appalachian Mountain chain. Stretching for 26 miles along Cumberland Mountain and ranging from one to four miles in width, the park contains 24,000 acres of which 14,000 acres is proposed wilderness. The natural beauty of Appalachian mountain country, lush with vegetation, supports diverse flora and fauna.
Project Partner Website: For more information regarding Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm . For more information on the ACE Internship Corps Program, please visit: usaconservation.org
Compensation: The ACE member will serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week for food and incidentals. The member will be provided with a one-time equipment allowance of $200 for the purchase of field boots. See below (housing) for additional stipend information.
Housing: IF there is room in the NPS dormitory it will be available to the member and a stipend equivalent to its rent will be provided. The member may opt out of NPS housing in favor of their own rental location and a housing stipend of $700/month ($175/week) will be provided for a total stipend of $425/week.
NOTE: it can be rather difficult to secure rental accommodations in the Middlesboro area.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for two 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Awards of ($2,960 each) or 1x 1700-hour awards ($5,920) upon successful completion of position's hours. Additional enrollment is required.
Position Description: The ACE intern will assist Park staff in accomplishing a variety of tasks. Eighty percent of the work performed by the intern will be GIS focused and involves data collection, database management, and creating maps. The intern will spend the remaining 20% of their time in the field performing tasks as assigned. The fieldwork, which is physically demanding, will be focused on the control of either exotic plants or hemlock woolly adelgids.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in a natural resource-based curriculum or other related disciplines. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the Position Description. We are seeking a determined, detail-oriented person who is looking for experience working with the National Park Service.
Must be a US Citizens or Permanent Resident.
Must be 21-35 years of age; operation of agency vehicle will be required.
A valid driver's license and insurable driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
A personal vehicle is required.
Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check.
Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management.
Practical knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources, combined with knowledge of the magnitude and complexity of GIS databases.
Practical knowledge of geographic/cartographic sciences, interdisciplinary resource management, and database management.
Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs.
Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources; for example, range, wildlife, soil, water, minerals and others.
Ability to communicate clearly about the application of GIS with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies.
Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner.
Plant identification (field work may require identification of threatened and endangered plant species).
Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain.
Ability to work independently in remote areas.
Strong desire to enter the public service field as a GIS/Natural Resources professional.
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
EOE: 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.
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 at any time.