Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking ONE Invasive Species Specialist Intern to assist the USFWS with invasive plant management duties at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico pertaining to the Resource Management Plans of both Refuges. 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: September, 2017
End Date: November, 2017 (12 weeks from the start date)
*A 12-week commitment is required for this position*
Location: Bosque del Apache and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuges are located along the Rio Grande river in Central New Mexico.
Project Websites: For more information about Bosque del Apache and Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuges and their resources visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bosque_del_apache/ and: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/sevilleta/. 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.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,527.45) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.
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 salt cedar, Russian olive and Russian knapweed
Invasive Plant Surveying: Surveying areas for new growth and resprouts of salt cedar and Russian olive
Operate GPS units for monitoring purposes
Drive 4WD government trucks and operate UTVs
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. A valid state driver's license is required for any (highway legal) vehicle use.
Environment: The heat in Central New Mexico can be intense. If you have had heat stroke, please do not apply for this position for health reasons. Daytime temperatures are generally between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with temperatures occasionally rising over 100 degrees Farenheit. Local hazards include rattle snakes, bees and rough, uneven terrain.
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, Zoe Moskwa at (801) 707-7832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree or be pursuing a degree in ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation, rangeland management 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 hike in hot conditions on rough, uneven terrain. No history of heat stroke.
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
Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
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
Competent in Microsoft Office
Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
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, UTVs, weed eaters, chainsaws 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.