Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE GIS Member interested in contributing 52 weeks to a collaborative GIS project (in and out of the field) alongside regional GIS specialist and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: October 18, 2021
End Date: October 16, 2022 (or 52 weeks from start date)
*a 52-week minimum commitment is required*
Location: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (CUGA) near Middlesboro, KY.
The Park is located at the corners of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Carved by wind and water, Cumberland Gap forms a major break in the Appalachian Mountain chain. Stretching for 26 miles along Cumberland Mountain and ranging from one to four miles in width, the park contains 24,000 acres of which 14,000 acres is proposed wilderness. The natural beauty of Appalachian mountain country, lush with vegetation, supports diverse flora and fauna.
For more information regarding Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/cuga/index.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE member is expected to serve ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $260/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. The member will be provided with a one-time equipment allowance of $200 for the purchase of field boots.
Housing: IF there is room in the NPS dormitory, it will be available to the ACE Member and an allowance equivalent to its rent will be provided. The member may opt out of NPS housing in favor of their own rental location and a housing allowance of $700/month ($175/week) will be provided, making the total living allowance $435/week.
NOTE: it can be rather difficult to secure rental accommodations in the Middlesboro area.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for two 900-hour ($3,047.50 x2) or one 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,095) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service are required.
Position Description: The ACE member will assist Park staff in accomplishing a variety of tasks. 80% of the work performed by the member will be GIS focused and involves data collection, database management, and creating maps. The GIS member is the only individual in the park with GIS duties and supports the GIS needs of the entire park team. The member will spend the remaining 20% of their time in the field performing tasks as assigned. The fieldwork, which is physically demanding, will be focused on the control of either exotic plants or hemlock woolly adelgids.
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to work alone and be self-directed, as well as a positive and contributing member of a group.
- Comfortability working long hours outdoors off-trail in a variety of arduous conditions – including inclement weather, mountainous terrain, biting / stinging insects, poison ivy, etc. – all while carrying packs / equipment.
- This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements: Must be 21-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties). Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident
- A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
- Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, environmental science, natural resources, etc.
- Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management.
- Practical knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources, combined with knowledge of the magnitude and complexity of GIS databases.
- Practical knowledge of geographic / cartographic sciences, interdisciplinary resource management, and database management.
- Proven ability to be a self-starter and willingness to take initiative.
- General computer / technical knowledge and skills.
- Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs.
- Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources; for example – range, wildlife, soil, water, minerals and others.
- Ability to communicate clearly about the application of GIS with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner.
- Plant identification (field work may require identification of threatened and endangered plant species).
- Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain.
- Ability to work independently in remote areas.
- Strong desire to enter the public service field as a GIS / Natural Resources professional.