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Exotic Plant Management Intern/Team with Appalachian Conservation Corps in Washington, D.C.

Type of position Seasonal Internship with the National Park Service
Employer Appalachian Conservation Corps
Description of Employer The Appalachian Conservation Corps/Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to connect young adults to meaningful conservation service. GAVCC engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. GAVCC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Historic District. Projects vary but could include trail construction and maintenance, ecosystem restoration, habitat restoration, historical restoration, and boundary marking, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Individual Placements and Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.
Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. GAVCC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.
Location Washington, D.C.
Salary $500.00/week + Americorps Education Award
Closing date of competition 7/1/2019
Date position available 7/8/2019
Description of duties

The Exotic Plant Management Individual Placement is based in Washington, DC as part of the National Capital Region Exotic Plant Management Team with the National Park Service. This 18-week AmeriCorps position will provide invasive plant management program support to the parks and partners in the National Capital Region. The Individual Placement will engage in responsibilities primarily in a field but also in an office setting. In the field, the Individual Placement will work side-by-side with trained staff to conduct invasive plant control in potentially strenuous and adverse conditions. This position will work with GIS and related tools as well as with paper and electronic files to conduct invasive plant ranking, evaluate tools for mobile data collection, collect data and/or perform data analysis, contribute to the development of reports, and assist in the development of communication materials. Training in invasive species management, chainsaw use, Mid-Atlantic Ecology and more will be provided. Housing is not available for this position.

Qualifications sought

General Qualifications:

To qualify, you must be between the ages of 21 and 27, and a US citizen that has received a high school diploma or GED. All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check. Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Resident of Washington, DC or surrounding metro area
  • Two or four year college degree in a biology-related subject area
  • Familiarity with local plant identification
  • Valid First Aid/CPR/AED certification
Contact for additional information Cait Payne
cpayne@conservationlegacy.org
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and Cover letter
Submit to Visit our website at https://gavcc.org/open-positions, click “Apply Now!” and follow the application instructions that follow
Additional Information Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements
Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization. These requirements are written the same for all positions and therefore may not apply directly to your particular position.
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
• Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training and national service. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
• Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues and organization staff.
• Have the cognitive ability to learn necessary skills and apply them to effectively carry out the service work requirements
• Appropriately represent the Program and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all times.
Safety and Judgment:
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. You must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
• Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions
• Perceive and comprehend significant and apparent hazards, including those hazards previously identified by others.
• Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
• If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
Environmental Ethics:
• Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ techniques
• Outdoor Skills and Fitness (where appropriate)
• Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project. Additionally, remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed so as to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries.
• Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks. Conditions of this environment may vary significantly and may include severe and/or trying weather. The remoteness is such that it may require at a minimum one hour, but perhaps in excess of 12 hours, to reach the nearest advanced medical care.
Substance Free:
• In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
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