Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Invasive Plant Members interested in dedicating time to an invasive plant species management and habitat restoration in support of preserving native plant communities alongside Point Reyes National Seashore staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: late April or early May 2022 (some flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
End Date : mid-September 2022 (or 20 weeks from the start date)
* _a minimum commitment of 20 weeks is required_ *
Location:** Point Reyes National Seashore - California
From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.
For more information regarding Point Reyes National Seashore, or the National Park Service, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE member will work ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $560/week dispersed bi-weekly for food and incidentals.
Housing : The Members will be accommodated in provided NPS housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
** Project activities include the following:
Invasive plant control : The Members will survey for and treat invasive plants using mechanical, manual (such as weed whipping or weed whacking), and chemical means, all of which may include the use of power equipment, hand tools, and herbicide application using backpack and hand sprayers. This work will be done at multiple sites throughout the park as identified by NPS staff. The goals of this work are to control non-native species and promote the conditions necessary to support the restoration of native plant communities. The Members will support park staff to complete work in rangeland communities focused on thistles, and in dune and coastal habitat focused on glandweed, iceplant, and European beachgrass, with particular attention paid to supporting the protection of rare plant communities. Work will also include management of Scotch broom, cape ivy, and jubatagrass, some of which occur in designated wilderness.
Restoration of native plant habitat : The Members will assist with the growing and planting of containerized native plants, mulching and watering of these plants in the field, as well as the collection and initial sowing of native seed. The Members will also prepare sites for restoration. This will be done to support restoration of native understory plant communities and other ecological restoration activities. This work may include the identification of restoration sites, the mapping of target populations, the collection of seeds, and the outplanting of grown native plants to multiple sites in the park. In particular, activities will occur in grassland communities and riparian habitat to support park rangeland restoration and may also include livestock exclusion fencing repair.
Vegetation management research and monitoring : The Members will assist park staff in furthering resource management objectives related to vegetation. Tasks may include selecting location of plots, setting up plots using specialized equipment, data acquisition, data management, plant identification, and repeat photography. This work may include rare plant monitoring, identification and mapping of invasive plants, and repeat monitoring associated with assessing effectiveness of treatments.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
Your health is important to us! Please note that duties may shift in order to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for further resources: _www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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 National Recruitment Specialist , Madison Ficca , at email@example.com.
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.
Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, CA, USA