Bur Oak Land Trust AmeriCorps Stewardship Crew Member: Iowa City, Iowa

Bur Oak Land Trust
Iowa City, Iowa
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
AmeriCorps living allowance $17,000 total
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The AmeriCorps Stewardship Crew is essential to the management and restoration of Bur Oak Land Trust properties and other protected properties the land trust serves in Eastern Iowa. Stewardship Crew Members will use a variety of land management techniques to restore native habitat and remove invasive plant species including prescribed fire, chainsaws and other tools to contribute to the overall biological health of these lands. Crew Members will also support land trust partnerships with landowners, and local organizations and agencies through programs and volunteer opportunities. To apply for this position, submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Program Director Meredith Roemerman. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2022. The service term for this position is 11 months, with a typical service schedule of 30-40 hours per week in the field, Monday through Friday. The position starts September 8, 2022 and ends August 4, 2023. Crew Members are responsible for serving a minimum of 1,700 hours, completing required service tasks, and serving until Aug. 4 to successfully complete their term. Position responsibilities: Serve under supervision and guidance of staff land stewards and/or AmeriCorps crew leaders, or independently to implement habitat restoration plans Participate in prescribed burns on prairie and woodland habitat Plant native trees and shrubs, and seed native grass and forbs Apply invasive plant species control mechanically using hand tools or chemically with targeted herbicide/pesticide application Maintain or install/remove infrastructure including gates, fences, interpretive signs/kiosks Operate a chainsaw or other power tools to reduce timber canopy cover, or clear trails and vegetation Conduct plant and animal surveys Operate several vehicles including Bur Oak pickup trucks, utility vehicles, with or without trailers Collect data for monitoring including acres treated through land management Perform small engine repair and general equipment maintenance Support volunteer events and engagement Coordinate with Crew Leaders to plan projects for national days of service Benefits: Position is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Education Award amount: $6,495 Living allowance: $17,000 Health insurance Student loan forbearance for eligible loans Training opportunities may include the following: S-130, S-190 firefighter certification CPR, first aid certification ATV training through ATV Safety Institute Pesticide applicator certification Part 107 drone pilot certification Fire ecology training Interpretive guide certification Use of power tools and hand tools GPS and electronic data collection devices Small engine repair and equipment maintenance Leave-No-Trace and "Authority of the Resource" Land management plans and documents Wilderness First Aid Stop the Bleed Bur Oak Land Trust is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Qualifications: Must be a high graduate or GED equivalent Must be at least 17 years old or older at the start of service (no upper age limit) Must pass a 3-part national service criminal history check Must have a valid driver’s license or other government issued photo identification Must hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US national, or Lawful Permanent Resident Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or in pursuit of a bachelor's degree Ability to lift 50 lbs Ability to hike/walk up to 5 miles per day while carrying equipment Manual labor experience
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Meredith Roemerman
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