Invasive Plant Management Intern (PO-00734057)

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.

This position will serve in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, based out of Eagle, AK, a remote location far removed from the larger cities in Alaska. The position will require travel by boat with qualified NPS staff. Applicants should be comfortable around water and with backcountry camping. Interns may be asked to take a watercraft operations course on-site.

Applicants should be comfortable around herbicide.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,300 – RT travel allowance to work site
  • $350 – weekly living allowance
  • $1,200 – duty related travel for Anchorage training
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,718.25 education award)
  • NPS provided rustic housing

*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-00734057

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

Training Provided: Invasive plant detection and monitoring; data collection, GPS mapping, invasive plant identification, and invasive plant monitoring techniques; bear safety, backcountry travel; opportunity to assist natural and cultural resource staff in field projects.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Fairbanks is the second largest city in the state of Alaska and as such has numerous educational and recreational activities. These include: hiking, biking, hunting, backpacking, grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and more.

Handicap Accessible?: No

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

Housing consists of rustic tent frames with wood sides and a canvas roof located at the Eagle airstrip. Amenities include a propane stove/oven, refrigerator, bunk beed, dresser, table and chairs. The kitchen is fully equipped, and sheets, blankets and towels are also provided. Housing may be shared with one other person depending on staffing.

The cabins are dry, i.e. no running water. Washers/dryers and showers are available at park headquarters.

Backcountry housing is typically dry public use cabins at sites along the Yukon River. We advise folks to bring their own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. Animals are not allowed in any seasonal NPS housing units

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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