Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking an individual interested in a Vegetation Management Position to dedicate at least 16 weeks in support of the Southeast Utah Group (SEUG), which serves Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument.
This opportunity is intended for a conscientious, hard-working, individual with a background in any aspect of natural resource management, but with strong interest vegetation work and commitment to the physical requirements of field work and working with an enthusiastic team of resource professionals who are passionate about ecological restoration in southeast Utah national parks.
Start Date: March 15, 2021
End Date: July 3, 2021
*A minimum 16-week commitment is required *
Location: Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Parks with potential work in Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments (Moab, Utah duty station).
Project Background: The purpose of the Vegetation Management Position is to provide support to partner parks in the management and control of invasive plants, and assist in restoration efforts in high visitor-use areas and backcountry sites. The ACE Member will also assist staff in data summary and reporting. This position will expand the resume of anyone starting a natural resource career as well as provide many career exploratory and networking opportunities as the intern works alongside resource management professionals in the national parks.
Project Website: To learn more about the parks please visit www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm and www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm. For more information about the monuments where job duties may additionally be conducted, please visit www.nps.gov/hove/index.htm and http://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm.
For more information regarding ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. If the ACE Member opts out of government housing, the living allowance will increase to $525/week to help offset the additional living expenses.
Housing: The ACE Member can be accommodated in government housing (Moab, UT or at Arches National Park) at no cost for the duration of the internship.
Position Description: After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Exotic-plant management, including use of mechanical, manual and chemical control and site restoration, is a high priority in our National Parks. The Resource Science and Stewardship Division of the Southeast Utah Group is tasked with controlling priority invasive plant species for 4 national park units in Utah. In this intensive field position, The ACE Member will be trained in a variety of techniques to manage invasive plants. Additionally, the ACE Member will also be responsible for using GPS and GIS to locate and document invasive plant treatments and populations, as well assisting with data summary and reporting. ACE member may also assist in other restoration activities such as seed collection, seeding, plant and biocrust salvaging, and vegetation monitoring. Arches National Park is beginning installation of native plant seed increase fields this spring; ACE Member will likely assist with this as well.
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 environmental science, environmental studies, botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resource management or related discipline.
Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labor
Must have the ability to carry up to 40-lbs up to 8 miles over steep terrain for up to 10 hours/day
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
Willingness to use herbicide in exotic plant control, and obtain Utah pesticide applicator license once hired
Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
Must be between the ages of 21 to 30, Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply (This position's age limitations are a requirement of the Public Land Corps Act. Additionally, members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties)
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
Proficient in English
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
Willing to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check
Experience identifying plants
Experience in vegetation management such as exotic plant control
Knowledge of Southern Utah's Exotic and Invasive species