This position will be part of a 6-member Grand Calumet River Area Restoration Action Team supervised by The Nature Conservancy, and assisting with invasive plant control and restoration activities along the banks of the river, riverine marsh habitats and in globally rare dune and swale habitat. The team will be trained on the early detection of new invasive species, as well as different techniques for controlling invasive species, including wicking and spraying herbicide using backback sprayers, and mechanical removal of woody species using brushcutters. Interns will also help harvest and prepare lupine seeds that will be grown for installation the next year. Towards the end of the season interns will help prepare for potential prescribed burns by raking and mowing ﬁre breaks. Team members must be able to work in all different types of weather conditions and on uneven surfaces conducting activities that require heavy lifting and physical exertion.
The Grand Calumet River Area of Concern in Lake County, Indiana contains both some of the most degraded and yet rare habitat in Indiana. For nearly 20 years efforts have been underway to remediate areas of the river after nearly 70 years of degradation from industrial and municipal sources. Several areas have already been remediated that contain riverine habitat valued by migrating birds and other wildlife. Adjacent to this area is the dune and swale complex, a globally rare habitat of wet swales running parallel with upland oak savannas. The mix of biomes, geological history and other factors have resulted in a very special place that contains nearly 30 percent of Indiana’s rare and endangered species.
Training will be given on basic ecological management skills, including invasive plant control techniques, invasive plant identiﬁcation and native plant identiﬁcation. They will also be required to become Registered Technicians for applying pesticide.
There will be opportunities to learn about identifying invasive species as well as native ﬂora and fauna, as well as opportunities to attend training sessions offered to other land stewards working for the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
- some coursework or experience
- Plant Identiﬁcation
- some experience