Exotic Plant Management Corpsmember

Location: Saint Croix Falls, WI
Date Posted: 09-14-2017
The AmeriCorps Exotic Plant Management Corpsmember (age 18-25) will be based at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in St. Croix Falls, WI.  The riverway encompasses 92,746 acres in its authorized boundary and 230 miles of mostly free flowing river. It includes 130.5 miles of the St. Croix River, much of which forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and all 99.5 miles of its largest tributary, the Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin. The park has diverse flora and fauna derived from a mixing of three major plant communities: prairie, northern hardwoods and boreal forest, primarily in a riverine setting.
 
While the position is based in St. Croix Falls Wisconsin, field season travel to up to 11 National Parks located in Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin (Late April to Mid-October) will be extensive.  Primary duties will support high park priority invasive plant management and vegetation restoration practices in Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team Network National Parks.  Interns will assist with manual and chemical plant control, seeding, equipment maintenance, data collection, data QAQC, report writing, identification of native and nonnative plants, outreach and education, and management planning.  Members must be able to safely operate power and hand tools, chainsaws, small equipment and trucks pulling trailers. 
 
This is a full-time commitment for a year-long AmeriCorps service term. The Corpsmember will receive a monthly stipend and an education award upon successful completion of the term that may be used for education expenses or to repay qualified student loans.
 
Term dates and schedule:
  • Term: January 15, 2018 – December 13, 2018
  • Service Schedule: Typical work day is 10 hours during the field season (Late April through Mid-October), which may be shortened to 8 hours or extended up to 16 hours. Crew members may be required to work for up to 80 consecutive hours, and may be called back in to service after 24 hours of rest.
    • Field Season: Wednesday-Wednesday, 10 hour days followed by 6 days off
    • Other months: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (typical)
 
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1690
  • Education award: $5815 upon successful completion of term
 
Location: Housing is not provided by the Corps. Corpsmember must secure their own housing near service location.
  • Saint Croix Falls, WI
Qualifications:
  • Must be able to work well in both team and individual settings
  • Good mechanical skills
  • College course work or degree in Natural Resources related field
  • Plant identification skills
  • Ability to obtain and maintain herbicide applicator licenses in Wisconsin and Michigan.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written formats
  • Must be detail oriented and demonstrate safe work practices
 
Requirements:
  • 18-25 years old.
  • Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
  • Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • Must successfully pass medical review process.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
 
Benefits:
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term

For more information, view the Exotic Plant Management Corpsmember position description.
 
This program is available to all, without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.
 
Deadline: October 13, 2017
 
Questions? Contact Megan Zeiher, Recruitment Coordinator
recruit@conservationcorps.org or 651-209-9900 x35
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