Location: Bozeman, Missoula
Program Dates: February 5 through November 7, 2018
Living Allowance: $631.50 biweekly
AmeriCorps Education Award: $5,815.00 upon completion of the program
The Wildland Restoration Team Leaders gain valuable, practical, and professional experience in the burgeoning field of ecological restoration. The primary focus of the WRT Leader is the identification, treatment, and inventory of invasive plant species throughout our most iconic and endangered landscapes in the Northern Rockies ecosystem. WRT Leaders become well versed in the identification of both native and invasive plant species, the impacts of invasive species on public lands, and safe and effective methods to treat infestations via chemical, mechanical, and manual methods. Depending on term of service and team placement, additional experience and project work in community-based restoration efforts, stream restoration, water quality monitoring, mapping, and revegetation projects round-out the regional project base. Our Western Wildlands (Missoula) region focuses on backcountry projects in Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church and Scapegoat Wilderness Areas, while our Greater Yellowstone (Bozeman) region works extensively in nearby National Parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Theodore Roosevelt.
The Wildland Restoration Team Leader is a solo leadership position, responsible for the development and oversight of three WRT Members, implementation of the MCC mission statement and programmatic objectives, including delivery of our educational curriculum. As a solo leadership experience, the WRT Leader requires a higher level of self-direction and independent decision making ability. WRT Leader responsibilities and professional development opportunities include restoration worksite management, professional herbicide applicator certification, GPS data collection and record keeping, and the maintenance of relationships with project partners, staff, and other professionals in the field. The WRT Leader is supervised regionally by the Wildland Restoration Coordinator, and serve as the primary liaison between regional staff and project partners.
Qualifications – Must Have:
High school degree, GED, or willingness to work towards obtaining a GED
Minimum age of 21
US Citizenship or lawful permanent US Resident
Valid driver’s license, ability to pass a Motor Vehicle Records check
Ability to pass the State of Montana Professional Applicator Right of Way and National Core exams
Ability to hike 3-12 miles per day in rugged terrain, often wearing a 45lb backpack and carrying tools and sometimes backpacking with full packs of 60 – 70lbs.
Ability to lift up to 35 pounds repeatedly and use hand and power tools
Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
Commitment to completing entire term of service
Strong service ethic and desire to serve the community and the environment
Willingness to work long, hard hours in all weather conditions; ability to be away on overnight trips for up to 14 days at a time
Qualifications – Desired:
Leadership and/or teaching experience, skills, or training
At least two years of college or military experience, or equivalent work experience
Technical and outdoor skills, including camp craft, trail work, and knowledge of power and hand tools
Current First aid & CPR certification
Effective written and oral communication skills
Background, course-work, or interest in any of the natural sciences
Ability to use taxonomic or dichotomous keys to identify native and non-native plant species
Proficiency in data collection, management, record-keeping and other administrative tasks
Prior experience in camping, backcountry travel, or related field work.