Range Interns (PO-00734618)

his Internship provides office and Feld based support to Rangeland and Botany programs on the Sierra National Forest and is out of the Bass Lake Ranger District, North Fork, CA.   

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 for hazard tree abatement projects, forest health projects and working within the footprint of the 2020 Creek Fire.

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.
  • Fence and corral repair projects in the Creek Fire area.
  • 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

$300/week living allowance
$1,100 travel allowance
$1,718 Americorps Education Award
Housing provided by the USFS

Position ID: PO-00734618

Expected Dates: June 1, 2023 - August 18, 2023

57003 Road 225
North Fork, CA 93643

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

personal travel, shopping, etc.

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

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: No

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