Habitat Management (PO-00735920)

The US Army Corps Rivers Project, located just outside of St. Louis, is seeking a Forest Management and Monitoring Intern to serve for four months this summer. Duties will include:

a. Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is around 1200 acres in size and our most visited public space. The intern will be monitoring vegetation, using various methods of control (including herbicide) to treat invasive species, as well as planting native species.

b. Forest Inventory – Floodplain forest monitoring is a large part of our Environmental Stewardship program. This data helps inform resource management decisions on USACE property. The intern will assist with monitoring efforts of floodplain forest inventory plots.

c. Reforestation Site Monitoring – Establishment and maintenance of reforestation sites is ongoing. The intern will be monitoring these reforestation sites to determine tree survivorship that will dictate supplemental tree planting.

d. Capstone Project – The intern will work with USACE to create and complete a project of their choosing. Past interns have chosen a reforestation project, invasive species project, and outreach project.

e. Invasive Species Treatment – There will be opportunities to remove invasive species. The intern will learn how to mix herbicide and utilize various control methods. 

Compensation amounts (pre-tax):
– $450 weekly Living Allowance
– $1,000 monthly Housing Allowance
– $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-00735920

Expected Dates: April 29, 2024 - August 18, 2024

301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63386

Training Provided: Training opportunities include chainsaw operation, pesticide use and application, map interpretation, and tree and plant ID.

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

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

No public transportation is provided to duty location so personal vehicle will be needed for commuting, groceries, entertainment, etc.

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

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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