Invasive Plant Management Intern (PO-00734052)

You will assist biologists and natural resources managers, by conducting non-native invasive plant monitoring and control, and by performing invasive plant control (hand pulling). You will be performing data entry, data analysis, while conducting GPS mapping, GIS data management, and map production. You will also complete reports or other documents related to natural resource management projects. This position will include both office and outdoor work in hot/cold and wet environments. Field work will involve arduous hiking in steep, slippery or dense growth in all weather conditions. It will require physical exertion, including hiking over rough, off trail, terrain up to 15 miles per day carrying a 30-40 lb pack. Tasks will be performed in areas frequented by bears (training on how to handle bear encounters will be provided). This position will include some overnight hours and periodic backcountry camping trips for several days.

You will identify and conduct regular surveys for non-native, invasive plants using a Trimble GPS unit for mapping and data collection and processing (50%), remove invasive plants by pulling, digging, and cutting (30%), collect native plant seed and cultivate (10%), provide oversight of short-term work crews for the control of large infestations (5%), help with outreach activities, and other duties as needed (5%).

Applicants should be comfortable around herbicide.
EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: You will have the opportunity to participate in the training of all Alaska NPS seasonal employees conducting exotic plant management, focusing on GPS data collection and processing and plant identification. The possibility may exist to fly into remote sites in the park, depending on the availability of funds, for which fixed-wing aviation training would be provided. You will be encouraged to focus extra time on any aspect of the work you find particularly interesting. Finally, you will have the best possible recreational access to one of the nation`s most amazing National Parks!

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,200 – RT travel allowance to work site 
  • $350 – weekly living allowance
  • $1,300 – duty-related travel expenses
  • AmeriCorps eligible (Education award of $1,718.25)
  • Housing provided

*All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Please provide a 1-2 page professional resume as an attachment to your SCA application. 

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared 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-00734052

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - September 10, 2023

Mile 237 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755

Training Provided: GPS/GIS training; plant identification; wildlife safety; driving the Denali Park Rd. safety.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: See position description.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

The intern will be staying at C-Camp which is where the seasonal staff of Denali National Park and Preserve are housed. There are 2 people per cabin and each person has their own bedroom with the kitchen and living room being shared. There is a common bathhouse and laundry building which is easy walking distance from the cabins. There are no toilets in the cabins so the living situation would be termed "rustic."

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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