Duration of Program: September 1, 2018 to February 28th, 2019
Application Period: July 26th, 2018, or earlier when a qualified candidate has been selected.
The Jekyll Island Authority is hiring for two six-month AmeriCorps positions starting 1 September 2017 and extending until 28 February 2018. These positions call for a self-motivated, organized person with a professional interest in building a career in conservation or natural-resources management. The typical service week will be predominantly field-based but also includes necessary data processing, equipment care, background research, and preparation of deliverables in an office setting. Once trained, service will often be conducted independently. The selected members must be comfortable communicating with island residents, visitors, and local authorities. Professional conduct, integrity, and commitment to quality in carrying out all assigned duties are core expectations. The member will be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities as they become available during the term of service.
Position Description and Essential Functions: The Conservation Member responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
I. Invasive Plant/Animal Control:
These two positions will primarily be focused on survey and control of priority invasive-plant and invasive-herp species on Jekyll Island, GA. The members selected for the positions will work together under the leadership of the Jekyll Island Authority’s (JIA) Conservation Land Manager and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s (GSTC) AmeriCorps Coordinator. The members will be trained in the safe and effective operation of tools and chemical treatments used in the control of invasive species. The members will be responsible for tracking and documenting metrics of work performed (number of invasive plants treated, area treated, people engaged, etc.). Opportunities will be provided for training elsewhere in coastal Georgia through the Jekyll Island Authority’s partnership with the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Other opportunities may arise during the term of service including but not limited to radio tracking (eastern diamondback rattlesnakes), wildlife population censuses (American alligators and white-tailed deer), shorebird monitoring, bobcat scat and track surveys, amphibian monitoring, camera-based wildlife monitoring, plant identification, restoration planting and seed collections, timely response to public wildlife concerns (including large alligators and venomous snakes), data-entry and management, development of outreach materials, and occasional wildlife education to diverse public audiences.
II. Member Project
In addition to regular responsibilities, each member will be tasked with developing their own discreet project to be initiated and completed within their term of service. This project may include invasive plant control, native plant propagation and restoration, wildlife conservation activities, historic/prehistoric landscape and ecology research, community outreach and service, or a creative combination of the above.
III. Community Engagement
The members will be expected to plan and execute at least one community engagement effort during the course of their service, either as a component of the member project or as a separate effort. Community engagement may include a presentation to a community association, a work-service opportunity promoted to the community, the development and dissemination of outreach materials, or a combination of the above. Including other AmeriCorps members and established GSTC/JIA volunteers is highly encouraged.
Specifics: The service week will generally be 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday – Friday, but work outside of normal business hours may be assigned occasionally. Direct daily oversight of these members will be
provided by the JIA Conservation Land Manager. The majority of work will be performed outdoors. Tolerance of hot, buggy, or otherwise inclement field conditions are required. Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. of gear is necessary.
Salary and benefits: Stipend ($5000/ 6-month term), student loan deferment, end of service educational award and on-site housing.
Housing: On-site shared house with utilities will be available with a $200 per month rent surcharge automatically deducted from payroll and $100 ($50 refundable) security deposit. Houses are air-conditioned and equipped with basic furniture, kitchen and bathroom supplies. Limited bandwith wi-fi is also available. You must provide your own linens, towels, & food. Not provided but available: telephone, and cable. Jekyll Island parking pass will be supplied.
*Travel and transportation costs will not be covered by GSTC
*Essential functions need to be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references at: www.jekyllisland.com
• Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, forestry, natural-resources management, or related discipline.
• Experience performing physically challenging work outdoors.
• Self-motivated and able to work independently and with a team
• Positive attitude and honest communication with supervisor and co-workers
• A desire to learn from others, self-explore, and to teach those around you
• Attention to detail, organization, and record keeping.
• Good interpersonal skills, team ethic, and cooperation are necessary for living and working in an intimate group setting.
• 18+ yrs of age
• U.S Citizen
• Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license
Preferred (but not required):
• Previous experience working with invasive plants or familiarity with plant communities of the coastal southeastern United States.
• Wildlife monitoring or research experience.
• Training, certification, or other demonstrated experience using chainsaws or chemical herbicides (Both Highly Preferred).