This article was contributed by Corbin Gentzler with Pinnacles National Park.
American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit youth conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service at Pinnacles National Park is seeking up to three members to work in habitat restoration for 20 weeks, directly serving with park staff. First consideration will be given to applications received by Jan. 11. This position may close at any time.
This opportunity is ideal for enthusiastic young professionals ages 21-35 with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in habitat restoration and natural resource management through tenacity and commitment to the National Park Services’ rich and unique natural and cultural resources.
The American Conservation Experience members will directly serve within the Division of Research and Resource Management at Pinnacles National Park as part of a crew conducting invasive plant eradication and habitat restoration efforts (80%). Additional duties (< 20 %) may include projects on other resource-related projects such as:
- Seed collection
- Vegetation monitoring
- Aquatic resources
- Wildlife resources monitoring
- Interpretation-related projects
- May use computer software applications (e.g., Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS etc.) to enter, process, assemble, and summarize data
- Create reports and recommendations from natural resources projects
Approximately 90% of this position consists of physically demanding projects in the outdoors. Crewmembers must be able to hike up to ten miles per day carrying gear and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. Additionally, crewmembers must be willing to mix, load, and apply herbicides with the direct supervision of a licensed applicator for the purposes of vegetation control as a major part of work duties. Field duties includes exposure to environmental hazards including extremes of temperature and moisture, rattlesnakes, ticks and biting insects, and poison oak.
Park staff will provide opportunities in leadership development and career exploration within the field of land management. The park will provide training on park resource information, operating procedures and safety protocols.
Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and/or experience in biology, ecology, botany, environmental studies, natural resource management or a related discipline. The intern will be resourceful, adaptable and able to serve comfortably alone or in a group.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the National Park Service in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
- Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be an adaptable, positive, contributing member of a group
- Proficient in English
- Aged 21-35
- A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
- Must pass a federal criminal background check
- A bachelor’s degree and/or experience in biology, ecology, botany, environmental studies, natural resource management or a related discipline
- An interest and ability to serve outdoors in arduous field conditions and hike up to ten miles per day carrying gear and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds
- Must be willing to mix, load and apply herbicides with the direct supervision of a licensed applicator for the purposes of vegetation control as a major part of work duties
- English proficiency
- Practical knowledge of a wide range of field restoration skills and invasive plant control techniques
- Local and/or bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply
How to Apply
Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/400952.html