Range Conservation Intern (PO-00735027)

This Internship provides office and Feld based support to Range Conservation programs on the Klamath National Forest.   

The primary focus of this position will be livestock grazing allotment inspections and rare and invasive plant surveys. Crew members will serve with USFS Staff and seasonal hires to conduct forage utilization and streambank alteration measurements, document livestock disturbance in meadows, inspect and construct range improvements, as well as surveying for rare plants and surveying for and controlling invasive weeds in various parts of the forest.

Job duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
 Rare plant and invasive weed surveys for upcoming prescribed burns, roadside hazard tree removal, recreation special uses, range improvement repair and construction, and other projects.
Invasive plant early detection/rapid response (EDRR) surveys in burned areas. Invasive weed treatments may be conducted manually, mechanically, and/or with the use of herbicides.
Livestock grazing allotment inspections including range readiness and forage utilization monitoring, range improvement inspections and invasive/noxious weed removal.
Mapping for botany and range using ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and Field Maps.
Enter and manage data using ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel and other software; write draft reports from field notes.
Assist range manager with placing utilization cages early in the grazing season and removing them at the end of the season and monitoring grazing use throughout the season in montane meadow key areas.
Invasive weed control and monitoring at various locations across the Forest where ongoing control is needed, not necessarily in sites where other projects are proposed.

This work will give you a base foundation for how rangeland and botanical surveys are accomplished for priority ecological restoration projects on the Forest and learn about objectives to minimize impacts to threatened, rare and sensitive plant species and mitigate the risk of noxious weed introduction and spread onto the forest and project areas.  Intern(s) will also gain knowledge of livestock management within grazing allotments and learn forage utilization monitoring protocols and objectives for gaining operator compliance with terms and conditions of grazing permits. 
Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing
       •             Team oriented (able to work as part of a crew – team of 2 or more)
       •             Able to hike on uneven terrain carrying a day pack with the day’s water, lunch, supplies, etc.
       •             Be responsible

Conditions of Employment:
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

$350/week living allowance
Housing provided by the USFS
$1,100 Travel Allowance
$1,718  AmeriCorps Education Award

Position ID: PO-00735027

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - August 27, 2023

37805 US-97
Macdoel, CA 96058

Training Provided: Monitoring protocols, GPS

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Off time, grocery shopping

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Camping, with periodic hotel stays

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association