Natural Resource Management Intern (PO-00734866)

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Come join our seasonal staff at Pecos National Historical Site in Pecos, New Mexico! Pecos National Historical Park is in the midst of piñon, juniper, and ponderosa pine woodlands of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains not far from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The park is over 6000 acres in size and the beautiful Pecos river flows through the park. This internship will work directly with the park Biologist. The intern will learn tasks necessary to manage the natural resources of the park, particularly related to non-native plant management.

Duties include:
-Non-native plant management including the following:
            +Spraying non-native plants with herbicide in a backpack sprayer
            +Removal of non-native plants with brush cutters and weed eaters
            +Pulling and/or digging up non-native plants
-Mapping non-native plant treatments with GPS units
-Removal of invasive tree species from historical pastures using rechargeable reciprocating saws and wood chipper
-Removal and maintenance of fencing within the park
-Potential native plant Restoration project using native seed and hydromulching/hydroseeding equipment
-Navigation to work sites with GPS
-Collecting data and mapping work using GIS programs on tablets
-Editing and storing field data using GIS programs
-Monitoring work completed taking photos and establishing photo points
-Writing daily logs and reports of work completed
-Working with youth conservation crews removing invasive trees from pastures and removing exotic plant species
-Learning plant identification skills
-Monitoring vegetation plots
-Placement of game cameras throughout the park to document wildlife
-Other miscellaneous outdoor resource management related tasks as determined by the park Biologist
-UTV Training and use

Compensation amounts:

  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • $1,200 – monthly housing allowance (intern expected to identify own housing)
  • $1,100- round trip travel allowance to and from SCA work site
  • $25- weekly commuting allowance to and from SCA work site
  • $3,247- AmeriCorps Education Award

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

*Position start date sometime in April-May.

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Position ID: PO-00734866

Expected Dates: April 10, 2023 - September 24, 2023

1 Peach Drive
Pecos, NM 87552

Training Provided: Two weeks of preparatory training including: Plant Identification, Non-Native Plant Management, Herbicide Safety, GPS Training, UTV training, wood chipper training, CPR/First Aid, Ancestral Sites and Museum Collections Tour.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Education and recreation opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding area. Nearby hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and fishing opportunities are unlimited. The beautiful Santa Fe National Forest borders the park and nearby community.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Whatever housing options are found by the intern will most likely not be within walking/biking distance to park or a place to buy groceries

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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