American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management is seeking ONE Conservation and Plant Management Team Member Intern.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources and/or environmental management on our public lands.
Start Date: ASAP
End Date: 11/18/2018
Project Location: Carson City District Office, Carson City, NV
Location: As part of the Conservation and Plant Management Program, Interns will serve with the Carson City District Office area. This district area in western Nevada encompasses 5 million acres with a varied landscape made up of: coniferous forests of the Eastern Sierra Nevada; pinyon-juniper woodlands/sagebrush dominated areas; and salt desert shrub dominated areas. Local ecosystems include: high-altitude montane, sand dunes, alkali playas, meadows, and areas recovering from wildfire
Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week paid out biweekly for food and incidental costs. Housing is not provided.
Participants can expect to gain an appreciation for the complexity of managing public lands for multiple use. Participants will gain exposure and experience in data collection, data analysis, document writing, monitoring techniques, plant identification, safety, and GIS.
Work as part of the Seeds of Success program to collect seeds from native plants within the Carson City District Office Area.
Locate areas with sufficient plants of the targeted species to make seed collections from.
Identify, collect, press and mount vegetation on herbarium sheets, to be used as voucher specimens for each of the species of interest.
Participate in the collection of seed from the species of interest.
Use GPS/GIS to map vegetation collection areas.
Participate in ongoing noxious weed mapping and treatment.
Participate in other conservation field work such as rare plant and habitat degradation monitoring.
Participate in volunteer events designed to increase public participation with public land stewardship.
Participate in the youth program designed to involve youth with outdoor educational activities.
Duties require outside work involving walking, bending, climbing hills, lifting and carrying various materials or supplies which are occasionally heavy. Use of a utility task vehicle will be routine. Remote field sites will likely require frequent camping out at the site for a period of 1-3 nights. During camping trips or while on any extended travel, alcohol or any controlled substance use is not permitted. Violation of this policy will result in immediate dismissal. Daily work shifts of 8 to 10 hours are anticipated within a 40-hour work week. The work week is Monday through Friday. Occasional circumstances require adjusting the work week to accommodate special environmental education events which typically take place on Saturday.
Approximately 90 percent of the work is in the field. The fieldwork will involve driving and walking over rough and sandy terrain with wide variations in temperature ranging from below freezing in the fall and winter to above 90 degrees F during the summer.
Approximately 10 percent of the work is in the office. Office work involves the following: Use GIS to create maps and conduct analysis. Visit the University Herbarium to collect data on plant locations and to verify plant specimens. Mount pressed specimens on herbarium sheets and process into our herbarium. Enter data into Access and Excel databases. Process seed collections and ship to appropriate destination. Conduct internet literature research on a variety of restoration topics. Create documents and reports based on various projects.
Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday. This intern may have projects that begin very early and/or go late into the day and may have weekend duties as well. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours. Time off will be granted.
Qualifications: Applicants interested in pursuing a career in natural resource management, botany, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. Knowledge of Great Basin vegetation is a plus. Knowledge of procedures and seed collection techniques (training will be conducted during the internship).
US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
Between the age of 18 and 35;
A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Team Members must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences;
Able and willing to work alone and in a group;
Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor;
Be in good physical shape (capable of carrying a 50-pound pack for up to 2 miles).
Ability to operate independently and in remote areas; comfortable camping and traversing remote terrain
Able to complete agency computer, privacy, and records management training successfully;
Have a positive, flexible attitude.
Current DOI Background Check Clearance preferred
The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. Drug-use is prohibited and ACE and the BLM reserves the right to require drug-testing.
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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at email@example.com.