Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking two Aquatic Ecology Monitoring Member to contribute to aquatic monitoring projects alongside Cape Cod National Seashore staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Dates: One Member will start on March 7th and the other in April 10th, 2022
End Dates: November or December 2022 (36 weeks after start date)
A 36-week minimum commitment is required
Location: The Cape Cod National Seashore is located in Wellfleet, MA.
Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore's 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape's glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, ground water fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore's ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.
For more information regarding the Cape Cod National Seashore, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/index.htm.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $300/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided park housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for a 1200-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($4,546.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.
AmeriCorps Provided Childcare Coverage & Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for qualifying child care coverage and federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online here.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided NPS housing at no cost for the duration of the term.
Reimbursable Relocation Allowance: ACE members will have access to a $150.00 reimbursable relocation allowance ($75.00 disbursed at the beginning and $75.00 disbursed at the end of the term). Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.
Schedule: The internship position is Monday-Friday with occasional optional weekend work. Daily work hours vary depending on the tides and project schedule, but are usually 8hrs/day.
Position Overview: The main duties will be assisting with aquatic ecology monitoring and research projects in ponds, estuaries, and coastal wetlands focused on water quality, ecosystem monitoring, horseshoe crab tagging and tracking, and habitat mapping, and will include serving in the field, lab, and on computers.
A rough breakdown of the member's time is 40% field, 30% lab, 20% data entry/management and 10% other duties as assigned. The duties are critical to management and protection of water and submerged resources that are heavily impacted by human activities. The ACE member will serve as part of a team with interns, volunteers, technicians, and the Aquatic Ecologist.
Duties and projects include:
NPS training will be provided for non-motorized (canoe/kayak) and motorized watercraft to assist with coastal resource monitoring projects. Additional safety training will be provided for field and laboratory work, as well as safe vehicle operation.
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.
Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Must have a personal vehicle.
Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
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. 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 NPS Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, Shannon Borowy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Wellfleet, MA, USA