South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team (PO-00728480)

Project Description: 
The South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team, made up of one Project Leader and five Crew Members (ages 18+), will work on US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lands in the southernmost areas of Texas for 52 weeks.

The South Texas Refuge Complex Corps Team will focus primarily on mapping and treating invasive species across almost 10,000 acres. This important work will reduce the risk of wildfire and improve habitat for migratory birds on USFWS lands. This team is for those who love a physical challenge! This team can expect to work regularly in an extremely hot and humid environment on tough projects. Herbicide application is a major part of this position.

This team will work with USFWS staff to mechanically and chemically control invasive species. Invasive species including Carrizo cane, salt cedar, athel, Brazilian pepper-tree, Chinaberry, Chinese tallow, tree tobacco, and castor bean. 

USFWS staff will train this team on species identification and treatment technique, GPS use, GIS data entry, and herbicide and environmental safety awareness. The crew will also have opportunities to be trained in other aspects of the Restoration Program and the Refuge’s Biology Program.

This team will be stationed and housed at the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR. This team will work Monday through Friday, with alternating Fridays off. Daily schedule will likely be 7-4:30, but may change throughout seasons to adjust for hotter days.

Equipment Use: 
The refuge will provide all herbicide and application equipment for chemical treatment of invasive species. Any use of chemicals will require pesticide use training as well as a review of the label and safety data sheet for every chemical used. Use of personal protective equipment will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Local training is allowed for small equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, ATVs and UTVs. The refuge will provide specialized tools such as brushcutters when modified treatment techniques become necessary.

Team will work a compressed work schedule: Mondays through Fridays, with alternating Fridays off.

Position ID: PO-00728480

Expected Dates: November 1, 2020 - May 22, 2021

3325 Green Jay Rd
Alamo, TX 78516

Training Provided: Chainsaw use Herbicide application Plant identification Invasive species management Plant propagation Seed collection Germination techniques

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: If classes are available, crew and leader can be trained in CPR/First Aid

Professional Development Opportunities: Potential, during weather delays, to work in  native plant nursery.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Site is in a remote area. Personal vehicle is highly recommended for transportation during off time.

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

Team will stay in government bunkhouse. Bunkhouse sleeps twelve, includes two full baths and full kitchen.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: No

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