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2017 Wildlife Studies Team Member

Ames, IA
AmeriCorps Wildlife Studies Team Members (ages 18-25) will participate in on-the-job training and put those skills into practice assisting northern long-eared bat and white-tailed deer monitoring projects in partnership with Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Members will assist with a bat migration study July through November and monitoring white-tailed deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) during November and December. This is a physically challenging, team-oriented, outdoor AmeriCorps service position. Members will capture, radio-tag and perform telemetry-monitoring during the bat study. During the CWD study, members will educate the public on the disease, gather participant information and actively obtain deer lymph nodes for sampling.
This is a full-time commitment for a 5-month AmeriCorps service term. The Crew Member 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: July 17 – December 15, 2017
  • Schedule: Full-time, hours vary, not to exceed 80 hours every 2 weeks. Travel throughout Iowa and overnight shifts will be required during the program term.
Stipend and award:
  • Monthly stipend: $1355
  • Education award: $2887 upon successful completion of term
Location: Based in Ames, Iowa
This is not a residential program; members must secure personal housing near the Ames base location. Transportation, lodging (camping) and food will be provided during out-of-town service projects July through November. When monitoring for CWD, housing will be provided, located in Allamakee & Clayton County or Pottawattamie County.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting.  
  • Strong desire to learn new skills.
  • Positive attitude and interest in service and community work.
  • Dedication to complete full term of AmeriCorps service. Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
  • 18-25 years old.
  • Ability to perform the Essential Service Functions 40 hours/week:
    • Long (10 hour) days of field monitoring
    • Heavy lifting, bending, and carrying up to 50 pounds
    • Walking and working on steep or uneven terrain
    • Working in extremes of heat or cold
    • Working, eating, and camping outdoors in all weather conditions
  • 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. “Pass” is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate week-long out of town assignments and overnight shifts.  
  • Must be willing to receive pre-exposure rabies vaccinations shots.
  • Monthly stipend
  • Education award upon successful completion of term
  • Skills training and job experience
  • Health insurance
  • Student loan forbearance during service term

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: May 26, 2017
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Manager or 651-209-9900 x31
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