Biological Aid (Plants)

Expected Dates
May 24, 2021 to September 26, 2021
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Position ID
The participant will assist with a variety of ongoing data collection and preservation efforts relating to the vegetation and ecological resources of Fort Laramie National Historic Site (FOLA). FOLA was established as a monument in 1938 and designated as a National Historic Site in 1960. The purposes of the park include preserving and interpreting the extensive historic and cultural resources for which the park is well known as well as the abundantly diverse natural resources including the protection corridor at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers. Primary areas of emphasis for this position will be selected from projects based on the selected applicant’s strengths, experience, and interests. The selectee will be an integral member of the park’s resource team helping to achieve management goals for natural resources through research, monitoring, identifying and mapping of plant species. Additionally, they will aide in future monitoring efforts with cooperating NPS programs, assist with visitor outreach and education about the natural resources of the park, inventory unmapped areas  and monitor previously mapped areas of the park. Opportunities may also exist to apply the participants specialized skills to related projects that have potential to benefit the park’s museum program through addressing needs of the park’s herbarium collection by collecting, pressing, and preserving plant specimens.

Compensation amounts:
- $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
- $200 - weekly living allowance
- $40- weekly commuting allowance

- $800 - monthly housing allowance (5 months of housing)
- AmeriCorps eligible ($2,360 education award)
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Please note, t
his position’s start date is dependent on a fully executed agreement coming in prior to the start date. 
SCA 1957
  • Fort Laramie National Historic Site was a vital post of the westward movement in the 1800s. The site consists of various historic structures and is located on 832 acres. The park is situated in southeastern Wyoming, 3 miles west of the town of Fort Laramie, and 23 miles west of Torrington (the county seat, population 6,500). The small surrounding communities have post office facilities, stores, schools and churches. In addition to these, Torrington has medical facilities, and a Junior College. The park is also 50 miles west of Scottsbluff, NE; 100 miles north of Cheyenne, WY; and approximately 3 hours from Denver, CO. No government housing is available.
  • Hands on training in the practice and method of National Park Service(NPS) Natural Resource Management. Position will require individual to obtain state pesticide applicator license.
  • Natural resource training in a National Park unit.
    State Parks and reservoirs are close by and include camping, hiking and fishing opportunities.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience