Biological Science Technician

Expected Dates
July 5, 2021 to November 21, 2021
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Position ID
Come join our seasonal staff at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in historic Southeast Colorado!  The site encompasses 3,025 acres of pristine short grass prairie.  In addition to interpretation and education about the events surrounding the massacre of approximately 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people, our mission is to protect and preserve the site, including the cultural landscape.  The goal is to preserve the landscape, as closely as practicable, as it appeared at the time of the Sand Creek Massacre.
You will be tasked with projects to improve conditions for growth of desired native grasses and reduce populations of high priority exotic plants.  There will also be opportunities to contribute to the maintenance of our trail system.  Working at the Sand Creek Massacre NHS is a unique opportunity to care for a largely undisturbed prairie that has sacred significance to the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.  

Duties Include: 
-Carry out a wide variety of field activities in support of the control of non-native and invasive plant species.  Activities may include the application of herbicides, mowing and manual plant removal. (30%). 
-Participate in revegetation tasks, such as site preparation, transplanting, seeding and watering.  (30%). 
-Engage in trail restoration and maintenance ranging from weed removal, trimming and trail restoration (15%). 
-Conducts routine and recurring resource monitoring programs. (15%)
-Assist with planting and plant maintenance for Visitor Center contemplative garden area.  (10%)

The work week will be 5 days, 8 hours per day. There may be occasional weekend work opportunities. Conditions often require working outside in hot, sunny weather with moderately strenuous work. This position is ideal for individuals who are highly self-motivated,  or those looking to obtain the skills needed for a career in natural and biological sciences.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • $25 - weekly commuting allowance 
  • $450 - monthly housing allowance
  • $2,360- AmeriCorps education award
  • The canyons and plains area of Southeastern Colorado features open vistas, beautiful sunsets, and warm-to-hot summers, which are normally breezy and rarely humid. Rainfall may be spotty, but brief summer downpours occasionally occur. Thunderstorms and more severe weather, while rare, can happen between spring and fall. Winter temperatures in southeastern Colorado can range from cool to cold. Readings of below zero, while infrequent, do occur. Winter storms, with blowing and drifting snow may occur between late October and mid-April.
  • Intern will have the advantage of NPS training in a variety of areas including: safety topics, CPR/First Aid, natural resource training, and experiences leading to a deeper understanding of the park relationships with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.
  • Recreation opportunities are plentiful in the surrounding area. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and touring historic sites are just a few of the activities here. Southeast Colorado is rich in historic and natural resources.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
competent with supervision