Working collaboratively with Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting an intern to assist the restoration ecologist with planting 10,000 plants along an interstate corridor that is being constructed through part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Intern will be working on steep (up to 2:1 slopes), rocky slopes with Nevada Conservation Corps Crews.
Work will include documenting planting related activities, assisting NPS ecologist, NPS botanist, and crews with loading and unloading plants, digging holes, watering holes with buckets, backpack sprayers or hose from water trailer, distributing plants, planting plants, ensuring plants are properly planted, driving water trailer. Work will also include walking up and down up to 2:1 rocky, slopes with containers of water, planting supplies, or plant containers. Plant containers vary from 2X2 plant band containers to 1 gallon pots. Slopes are reclaimed, so rock has recently been laid in place and is loose in many location, so agility and balance are needed to navigate the slope with a load.
Work is repetitive and monotonous in nature and requires ability to work as a team. The team includes the NPS ecologist, NPS botanist as well as 5-person NCC crews. Intern must have the ability to take initiative and regularly and openly communicate with the NPS ecologist and botanist. This project is in a construction area, so proper safety protocols will need to be followed.
The planting will be the primary responsibility of the intern from October through approximately January. It is anticipated that the planting will be completed in January. The primary responsibility of the intern will then be at the Lake Mead Native Plant Nursery from approximately January-March, 2017. Work at the nursery includes working closely with the NPS nursery manager, NPS nursery technician, NPS volunteers, and Nevada Conservation Corp crews on nursery propagation projects. Ability to work as a team is required. Work can be repetitive. Tasks at the nursery include, but are not limited to: soil mixing, transplanting, seed cleaning, seed collection, watering plants, weeding, pruning, culling pots, moving plants from greenhouses to outdoor compound, seeding, plant inventory, irrigation setup, irrigation checks and minor irrigation repair, cleaning pots, pest control including control of rodents, aphids, gnats, etc.
Approximately 1 week will be spent assisting with a fence survey project. 2 interns will be hiking along 40 miles of fence to check for breaches. The fence is in a remote area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and requires hiking over uneven terrain, which is steep in some locations. GPS and/or iphones will be used to document areas needing fence repair.
• Leading NCC crews in planting native plants ;
• Ensuring plants are properly distributed, planted and watered;
• Ability to or willingness to learn towing of 200 gallon water trailer;
• Must be able to operate a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and pass a federal background check.
Secondary responsibilities: additional tasks and duties that are preferential but secondary
• Assisting with native plant nursery operations including, but not limited to irrigation setup and repair, plant propagation, weed removal, and other general nursery operation;
• Assisting with 1-2 week fence survey project.
• Additional duties may include checking backcountry traffic counters, checking weather stations, picking-up trash, rare plant plot monitoring, restoring off-road tracks, repair backcountry barriers, installing backcountry signs, and other tasks associated with Mojave Desert restoration;
• If interested, intern may assist NPS botanist with exotic species removal and/or rare plant surveys depending on timing.
? Participate in trainings provided by Lake Mead NRA staff and community partners;
? Meet with Host Site Supervisor on a regular basis;
? Participate in community service days organized by NCC Program; and
? Participate in regular AmeriCorps team meetings.
Lake Mead National Recreation area is located in the Mojave Desert so the intern will be required to wear appropriate attire to work in an outdoor setting in extreme weather conditions and very little shade. Outside temperatures can range from below 32°F in the winter to over 120° in the summer. Intern may be exposed to poisonous or noxious plants that may cause skin irritations. Intern may come in contact with spiders, lizards, scorpions, insects, snakes and other hazardous wildlife. Intern will be required to wear all necessary safety equipment to perform duties. Work will occur in remote areas on uneven STEEP terrain and various elevation gains. Intern may be exposed to direct sun, wind, dust, and rain and other environmental conditions.
• Lift up to 40 pounds of material or equipment
• Bend, lift, pull, and push
• Crouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time
• Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipment
• Be outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)
• Work 10 hour days
o October 2017 – March 2017
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City, NV
Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $9,360 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,887.50 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.
• Dedication to the position and the AmeriCorps Service Contract
• Motivated, self-starter who is detail oriented;
• Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities;
• Ability or willingness to learn how to identify native and non-native plants of the desert southwest
• Ability to drive 4x4 vehicle
• Ability or willingness to learn how to navigate in the backcountry using maps and iphones or GPS units
• Ability or willingness to learn how to use iphones and/or Garmin/Trimble/Mesa GPS Units
• Ability to use Microsoft Office Programs
• Ability to do physical labor in the backcountry and at the nursery facility
• Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time
• Motivated to learn about the park’s resources
• Ability to communicate with park staff in an appropriate manner in written and verbal form
• Possess clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license; and
• Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.