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Plant Nursery Fellow – Lake Mead National Recreation Area with American Conservation Experience in Boulder City, NV

Type of position Plant nursery and some vegetation management
Employer American Conservation Experience
Location Boulder City, NV
Description of Location Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in Boulder City in the arid environment of Southern Nevada.
Salary $750/week
Closing date of competition 11/26/2023
Date position available 11/01/2023
Description of duties

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with The National Park Service, is seeking one member to contribute to resource management projects alongside NPS Staff. The Plant Nursery Member will be responsible for assisting in native plant propagation, transplanting and documenting propagation protocols. Duties will include seed collection, seed processing, and out-planting for restoration projects. Nursery member will also assist in maintaining nursery facilities and fixing and installing irrigation. Other work within the vegetation branch may include restoring off road vehicle tracks, removing graffiti, and maintaining and installing barriers and fences to prevent off road vehicle use, invasive plant removal or rare plant monitoring.

For more information about ACE and to apply, please visit: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/1038156“>https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/1038156 

Start Date: As soon as available or ideally by the end of November.
Estimated End Date: 52-weeks after the anticipated start date
*a 52-week minimum commitment is required*

Location Details/Description: Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in Boulder City in the arid environment of Southern Nevada. Swim, boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s first and largest national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas.

For more information regarding Lake Mead National Recreation Area, please visit the NPS website:https://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm“> https://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm

Position Overview: The member will stay up to date on growing assignments for species and numbers need to meet plant requests in a specific timeframe. Will maintain plants with proper watering and fertilizer protocols and indicate when Integrated Pest Management is needed to ensure plant health. The member will lead conservation corps and volunteers. Duties will also include data entry and maintaining nursery databases.

The ACE member will collaborate with NPS staff in planning work activities, primarily native plant propagation at the Lake Mead NRA native plant nursery and out-planting native plants, salvage and seed collection. Work will include propagation and care (including weeding and irrigation) of plants at the nursery, mixing soil and filling plant containers, documenting propagation protocols, moving heavy plant containers around yard, pest control, assisting in maintenance of facility, seed collection and data management, and installing plants at restoration sites.

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 member may work Monday to Thursday 6:00 AM to 4:30 PM, averaging 40hrs/week. The position will periodically lead conservation corps crews that may require 8 10’s. Some weekends and shift changes are required.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $750/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

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 onlinehttps://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements“> https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS. Government housing may be available for a monthly cost to the member.

Relocation Allowance: ACE members will have access to up to $460 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.

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. Specific training may include Wilderness First Aid or First Aid CPR/AED if classes are available.


Qualifications sought



  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required byU.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • 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. (A three-year driving record will be required to drive NPS fleet.)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.
  • Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement.
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our websitehttps://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements“> https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of an a bachelor’s degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as natural resource management, botany, or biology.
  • Ability to identify plants
  • Knowledge of plant growth and plant care
  • Identify and implement IPM actions needed
  • Detailed data collection to document plant growth and seed sources
  • Repair and install irrigation
  • Knowledge of data collection on gps units or other app related devices (iPhones or iPads), Excel, Word, Powerpoint.
  • Experience or the desire to gain field experience.
  • Deep interest in learning how to restore desert landscapes? Experience in driving full size 4X4 trucks and gaining experience trailering.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various manual or power tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch. Ability to hike over rough terrain, and camp overnight under field conditions.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 20 lbs., ability to move up to 40 lbs.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate to high noise such gas-powered tools and other hand and power tools. Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
  • Travel: This position may require domestic travel,up to 1 week.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, rain, 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. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.

Contact for additional information ACE EPIC Recruitment & Outreach Specialist, Shannon Borowy at [email protected].
Application procedure  
Submit what 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/1038156
**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 Recruitment & Outreach Specialist, Shannon Borowy at [email protected].
Submit to ACE EPIC Recruitment & Outreach Specialist, Shannon Borowy at [email protected].
Additional Information 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.