The Appalachian Conservation Corps:
The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. ACC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. ACC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Interns and Crews complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. When not in the field, members are expected to find their own housing.
The Exotic Plant Management Team Best Management Practices (EPMT BMP) Individual Placement is based in Washington, D.C. working directly with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. This six-month AmeriCorps position will work as a member of the EPMT, focusing on control of invasive plant species using mechanical and chemical control methods which include but are not limited to herbicide application via backpack sprayers and gas operated tank sprayers, chainsaws, brush cutters, hand saws, pruners and loppers.
This candidate's primary responsibility will be refining and formatting Best Management Practice (BMP) guide for control of invasive plant species. This document will be distributed among National Park Service staff, interns and volunteers. The candidate needs to be familiar with publishing and design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Strong personal drive and attention to detail is required for these duties.
The candidate will also assist with creating treatment proposal maps in GIS using ArcMap and ArcCollector.
The AmeriCorps Intern will receive a $500 per week living stipend. Housing is not provided. This position will also be eligible for an education award based on the length of the service term.
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
• Possess a valid driver’s license
• Comfortable working in an office or field environment
• Familiarity with Mid-Atlantic plant identification
• Familiarity and experience with publishing and design
• Resident of Washington, DC or surrounding metro area
• Skilled in graphic design and desktop publishing
• Experience and expertise in using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
• Experience with GIS including ArcMap and ArcCollector
• Experience in the treatment of invasive species
• Interest in pursuing a career with a public land management agency