Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Eastern States Office, is seeking one Trails and Maintenance member for the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) in northern Palm Beach County, Florida, who will dedicate 26 weeks to assisting the ONA Manager and staff with site management and maintenance including trails development, maintenance and enhancement.
Working cooperatively with ONA partners the primary mission for the ONA is to protect, preserve and enhance unique and nationally significant historical, natural, cultural, scientific, and educational, recreation and scenic values. The site contains the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, and important historic and cultural resources from the past 8,000 years. Furthermore, the site is home to 28 special status species across 4 rare and sensitive Florida habitats. The ONA is a component of the National Conservation Lands, administered through the Bureau of Land Management.
Start Date: Early-mid July 2021 (flexible for the right candidate)
End Date: 26 Week (possibility to extend if funding available)
* A 6-month (26-week) commitment is required *
Location: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, Florida.
The 120-acre ONA is in southeast Florida, in the northern portion of Palm Beach County and is managed by the BLM Southeastern States Field Office in Jackson, Mississippi. The site is located at the confluence of the Indian River Lagoon and Loxahatchee River within the municipalities of the Town of Jupiter and the Village of Tequesta. These cities make up the northern extend of an urban environment that stretches south to Miami providing all the amenities that can be expected from such urban environments. North of the site is a gap in Florida's urban coast, through the Johnathan Dickenson State Park and Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, before the urban setting continues north.
Living Allowance: ACE members will receive a living allowance of $300/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Housing is provided by BLM within the ONA.
AmeriCorps: This position is also eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award (~$3000) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment in AmeriCorps is required.
Position Description: This ACE opportunity is adaptable and geared toward providing valuable professional experience in the recreation and facilities maintenance aspects of land-management. Duties performed for this internship will typically take place within the ONA and will support all management activities occurring at the site but often focus public access, recreation and facility maintenance. Daily work will range from routine maintenance to removing exotic species and may include larger projects such as establishing new trails or developing living shoreline projects. These opportunities are heavily focused on manual labor and only suitable for individuals looking for hands on management experiences. The work may also include other aspects of site management as interests and needs arise.
This position is ideal for a talented, well-rounded, enthusiastic, adaptable, and resourceful young professional interested in a career in public land management. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated interest recreation and visitor services, facilities maintenance, or natural resource management, though all qualified applicants will receive careful consideration.
Project Website: For more information regarding the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area visit: http://www.facebook.com/BLMJupiterInlet or http://www.blm.gov/JupiterONA. For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please visit: http://www.usaconservation.org
Project Background and Objectives: The BLM National Conservation Lands program endeavors to protect parcels of land with unique and nationally important resource values. The stated mission of the National Conservation Lands is "to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values." The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse ONA was added to the National Conservation Lands program in 2008, when congress recognized the importance of protecting, preserving and enhancing a number of the site's values; most notably its historic, cultural and natural values. The ONA is unique within the National Conservation Lands program as it is the only unit of the program east of the Mississippi, and one of only three ONA's nationwide. As such, further to the sites own intrinsic value the site holds special importance for in bringing the BLM and National Conservation Lands to the attention of an east coast audience.
Training Provided: The members will receive on-the-job training in recreation and administration facilities maintenance and management. ACE and the BLM are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America's public lands.
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 31.
Qualifications: Applicants for the position should have a strong interest in working outdoors and a desire to learn and develop a range of key trail and facility maintenance skills. The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone on assigned tasks, within minimal supervision.
Opportunity is available to US Citizens and permanent residents only.
This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
Must be 18-30 years of age to apply
Military Veterans up to 35 are also encouraged to apply.
Must have a strong work ethic, self-starter with the ability to work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
Must be able to verbally communicate clearly and concisely.
Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle is not required for the position, but strongly suggested.
Members must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors, in hot, humid weather conditions, participating in physical labor; be able to lift 50 lbs.
English proficiency is imperative. Other language proficiency is a plus.
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
This position will likely have recurring (regular, scheduled or anticipated) access to vulnerable populations. State and Federal Criminal History Checks will be required for participation.
Previous experience on Trail Crew or working in a maintenance function.
Interest in maintenance tasks, painting, home repair and landscaping.
Ability to envision the goal and develop and complete projects independently to achieve goal.
Willingness to complete a wide variety of tasks including manual labor.
Ability to swim, snorkel, kayak and/or paddleboard.
Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
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
To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and contact for three professional and/or academic references to the online application page for this position.
NOTE: Early applications will be considered as they are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact ACE EPIC Member Manager, Erin Mounce at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.