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.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: May 2023 (Flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
End Date: 26 weeks after start date
A_ 26-week _minimum commitment is required
Location Details/Descriptions: Stationed at GULN office in Lafayette, LA.
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-tupelo swamps, Mississippi River alluvial floodplain and loess bluffs, rolling hill country, and the dry scrub and grasslands of central and south Texas.
For more information regarding the Gulf Coast Network (GULN) please visit the NPS website at: www.nps.gov/im/guln
Position Overview: This is a 26-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:
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.
Schedule: The ACE Member will work 40 hours per week on a schedule that alternates between a week of fieldwork followed by one to several weeks that are predominately office work. For fieldwork, hours will vary depending on project requirements, with overnight travel required for most field trips. Fieldwork days may last 9-10 hours and start before 8:00 AM, with extra hours accumulating towards time off at the end of the week or during the following week. For office work, working hours are usually 8:30 AM to 5 PM Central time, with exact hours somewhat flexible. Telework may be an option when not in the field.
Travel: The duty station for the ACE Member will be the GULN office, in Lafayette, Louisiana. About 40% of their work will require overnight travel. Travel and per diem costs are covered. 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, Natchez Trace Parkway, Gulf Islands National Seashore, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, and Padre Island National Seashore. The majority of fieldwork during summer 2022 is planned for the final three parks on the list. Occasional overnight travel to training/meeting sites may also be required.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. While traveling for projects, ACE will pay for hotel lodging, and will provide Member a per diem for meals & incidental expenses.
AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for an 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2022/23 grant year program, valued up to $3,2247.50 upon successful completion of a complete service term and 900hrs.
Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for 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 https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility- requirements.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support.
Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.
Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by NPS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols 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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. 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 Recruitment & Outreach Specialist, Emanuel Aragon Cruz 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.
Lafayette, LA, USA