The USFWS is offering two AmeriCorps positions in wild, wonderful West Virginia, with the possibility of a third position.
One position is with the the Appalachian Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in White Sulphur Springs. We are seeking one competent, motivated, and fun individuals to join our staff as an AmeriCorps Member. We are a small office located at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery. The position will be assisting our Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation and Partnership for Fish and Wildlife Programs that work with private landowners to conserve habitat for endangered species. The AmeriCorps positions will conduct fish passage assessments at road crossings in priority watersheds, assist with our conservation and outreach / education activities for endangered species such as the candy darter, and assist local watershed association groups. There may also be opportunities to assist the hatchery and learn about the captive propagation of various native species. White Sulphur Springs is in the middle of the beautiful Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. The region affords excellent four season outdoor recreational opportunities. The area is noted for its hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle touring, hunting, fishing, and skiing. Fishing opportunities abound for native brookies, stocked trout, and smallmouth bass and you can wet a line year round in the Mountain State. We also have excellent birding and wildflower viewing. The central Appalachian Mountains contain some of the most diverse plant and animal assemblages in the US. As one might expect with this incredible diversity we have a number of listed species, including several endemics. Our resource issues include mountain-top mining, wind-power development, and Marcellus gas development/FERC pipelines. You will not be bored!
The second (and possibly third) position is with the USFWS WV Field Office. We are looking for a hardworking, self-motivated individual to promote fish and wildlife conservation practices on private lands. This position will assist the Partnership for Fish and Wildlife and Endangered Species Programs with habitat conservation activities, and other education and outreach events. Our organization believes that taking the time to introduce both children and adults to nature, and to educate them about the wonders of the environment they live in, allows them to develop a sense of place and an understanding of the natural world that will continue to teach and inspire them for a lifetime. Duties include working with private landowners to implement habitat conservation measures, conducting non-native species control activities, planning and implementing events, developing partnerships, and drafting newsletters or social media posts, speaking at schools. Other duties may include some hands-on river clean ups, organizing public canoe/kayak events, and field monitoring. Activities will focus on conservation of threatened and endangered species of WV. This includes a wide array of species, such as our charismatic cave-dwelling bats, surprisingly-fascinating freshwater mussels, crayfish, salamanders, plants, and more! Other projects and tasks may be included, depending on the specific interests of the AmeriCorps member. This member will be encouraged to work with other agencies and organizations (such as the Forest Service, Refuges, local schools, etc.) to develop projects. Opportunities for professional development and networking are also encouraged and supported. Our office prides itself on creating a fun, safe work environment and we are always happy to accept new talent. Applicants should be comfortable speaking with the public and working with volunteers.
To apply, visit: https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/conservation and scroll to the specific job descriptions.
For compensation and benefits information, visit: https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/become-an-americorps
Motivation, flexibility, maturity, ability to work independently and in teams, some experience with team leadership and responsibility preferred, an interest and passion for fish and wildlife. Experience with databases and/or GIS preferred for one of the positions. Experience organizing field efforts and conducting data collection preferred.