Vegetation Monitoring Member – Gulf Coast Network – AmeriCorps Eligible – Louisiana

American Conservation Experience
Lafayette, LA
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking ONE Vegetation Monitoring team member to monitor and protect significant natural resources in National Parks as part of the NPS Gulf Coast Network (GULN). This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic individual who possesses an interest in gaining experience in botany, ecology, vegetation and natural resource management. Start Date: April 26, 2021 End Date: April 24, 2022 (or 52 weeks after start date) * A 52-week minimum commitment is required * Start and end date may be flexible within a few weeks Location: Stationed at GULN office in Lafayette, LA. About 40% of the member's work will require overnight travel. Field trips will leave from Lafayette, LA. Overnight travel will most often be to one of the eight Gulf Coast Network parks (Big Thicket National Preserve, Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Padre Island National Seashore, Natchez Trace Parkway, Gulf Islands National Seashore). Project Partner Website: For more information regarding the Gulf Coast Network (GULN) please visit the NPS website at: For more information on the ACE, please visit: Program Background: The Gulf Coast Network is one of thirty-two Inventory and Monitoring networks nationwide. The network monitors natural resources in eight national parks, spanning from Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. Habitats in the network's parks include barrier islands and seashores, coastal fresh to brackish marshes, bottomland hardwoods, cypress-tupelogum swamps, Mississippi River alluvial floodplain and loessal bluffs, rolling hill country and pastures, and the dry scrub/grasslands of Edwards Plateau. Living Allowance: The ACE member will serve approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $500/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. While traveling for projects, accommodations will include motels and park housing; reimbursable travel expenses are covered by the ACE. Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for two 900-hour or one 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,195) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment is required. To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Member Coordinator, Madison Douthitt at EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
This is a 52-week position, working with the NPS Gulf Coast Network (GULN) as a member of a team that conducts field-oriented natural resources monitoring. Primary duties include assisting GULN staff with a variety of field-oriented projects, including: Assisting with the terrestrial vegetation monitoring project in Gulf Coast Network parks Entering and quality checking monitoring data and species occurrence information in databases and spreadsheets, using Microsoft Access and Excel Occasionally providing field and data management assistance for other long-term monitoring projects, such as water quality monitoring, Texas tortoise monitoring, amphibian monitoring, shoreline monitoring and bird community monitoring. Field operation and basic management of Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments and data, including uploading and downloading GPS data Assisting with organizing and carrying out field logistics to support monitoring teams of two or more people Your health is important to us! Please note that duties could shift in order to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Mask wearing is required during service. Visit the CDC website for further resources: Training: NPS will provide field training and experience in a variety of methods and instruments used to carry out several long-term monitoring projects. Training or practical experience may also be provided in data manipulation using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and other proprietary software, including Garmin GPS software, and National Park Service natural resources inventory and monitoring databases. This project provides opportunities for the ACE Member to learn about natural resources, management programs and monitoring techniques in a number of Gulf Coast region National Park Service units, by gaining practical experience and training. As a result of this project, our hope is that the member will be motivated to become involved in the natural, cultural and /or historical resource protection of their communities and beyond. Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30. Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a background or course work in botany, ecology, natural resource management, or a related discipline and have a demonstrated interest in this field. Required: Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. This position is physically demanding. The member must be physically able to serve outdoors for long hours in intense weather conditions and walk miles with packs up to 40 pounds. 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 Must have a valid driver's license and an insurable driving record. Willing to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check Ability to communicate effectively and work well in a team setting Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. This position will require extensive overnight travel. Preferred: Interest and knowledge of botany, hydrology, and ecology Knowledge, interest and/or experience conducting vegetation sampling and monitoring and aquatic field work Experience in various field data collection methods using standard protocols Experience in backcountry hiking Interest and ability to work in remote field areas Familiarity with Microsoft Access, Garmin GPS units, and/or ESRI's ArcGIS Suggested: a personal vehicle is recommended for the duration of the term. Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.
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