Greenhouse Maintenance, Education, and Habitat Enhancement Intern (PO-00735922)

 The US Army Corps Rivers Project, located just outside of St. Louis, is seeking a Greenhouse Maintenance, Education, and Habitat Enhancement Intern to serve for 12 months.  Duties will include:

a. Greenhouse Maintenance – The Rivers Project Greenhouse is a new facility located at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO. It will be utilized to grow native plants for habitat restoration. The greenhouse will prioritize pollinator plants and prairie restoration and will also serve as a hub for partners through the Great Rivers Pollinator Habitat Partnership (GRPHP). The intern will primarily assist with regulating greenhouse environmental controls and irrigation, germinating and transplanting seedlings, monitoring plant health and growth, and general upkeep of the greenhouse.

b. Education and Outreach – The greenhouse will be utilized by the Rivers Project and our partners for environmental education and outreach. Intern will assist with educational programming and outreach activities including greenhouse tours, coordinating with GRPHP partners and projects, managing outreach tabling at events, and developing outreach materials.

c. Habitat Enhancement – The Rivers Project manages thousands acres of prairie, wetland, and forest habitat. This includes planting thousands of native plants annually to enhance and restore habitat for wildlife. The intern will assist natural resource managers with planting activities as well as seed collection, cleaning, storing, and stratifying for greenhouse propagation. Intern will also assist with maintaining a demonstration pollinator garden adjacent to the Riverlands Greenhouse.

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
– $450 weekly Living Allowance
– $1,000 monthly Housing Allowance (12 allotments)
– $30 weekly Commuting Allowance
– To/From site travel expense reimbursement (if non-local)*

*Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive a To/From Site travel reimbursement that reflects the actual roundtrip travel costs from their 'home' to the site.  The reimbursement amount is based upon total distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650. 

This position is not eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. 

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00735922

Expected Dates: December 4, 2023 - December 1, 2024

301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63376

Training Provided: Training to use equipment such as chainsaws and brush cutters. Training on how to manage a large greenhouse to grow native plants.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Educational and recreational opportunities include learning boating laws and how to tie off a boat and launch a boat.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

This position does provide a housing allowance and the Rivers Project Office is not accessible via public transportation so SCA member will need to be able to drive to and from the office.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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