Botany Interns

Expected Dates
March 1, 2022 to February 27, 2023
Willamette Valley Project
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

The USACE’s environmental stewardship mission includes managing and restoring critical wetland and upland prairie systems that support designated critical habitat for the Fender’s blue butterfly, Kincaid’s lupine, and Willamette daisy. The interns will assist with monitoring endangered plants, creating botanical species lists, and surveying for aquatic and sensitive plants. Additional duties will include removing invasive plants (including hand-pulling), assisting with nursery and greenhouse operations, collecting and processing seed, assisting with wildlife surveys, entering data, processing plant collections, and other duties as assigned.

Fender’s blue butterfly habitat monitoring (Lupine and nectar species) - 15%
Rare plant surveys with full species lists - 15%
Plant community monitoring - 10%
Invasive plant species mapping and removal - 10%
Seed collection and plant propagation - 10%
Willamette daisy monitoring - 10%
Bradshaw’s Lomatium monitoring - 10%
Data entry - 10%
Wildlife monitoring - 5%
Other duties as assigned - 5%

Minimum Qualifications:
· Ability to work outdoors in remote settings and inclement weather
· Interest in botany and conservation
· Willingness and ability to work well independently and as a team
· Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs (day pack/bags of soil/plant trays)
· Ability to navigate by maps, aerial photos, compass, and GPS
· Effective written and verbal communication skills
· Attention to detail
· A positive attitude
· Knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing programs and willingness to bring your personal computer to the office to conduct office work
· Willingness to ride in and work from boats
· Valid driver’s license and the ability to report on time to the USACE Fern Ridge Lake office
· Knowledge of Northwestern U.S. plants and/or coursework in biology and botany
· Ability to track, inventory, and maintain USACE-provided field gear

Preferred qualifications:
·  Experience using ArcGIS and Field Maps applications

· Familiarity with technical plant identification methods including the use of dichotomous keys in regional floras of Washington, Oregon, or California
· Knowledge of manual techniques for managing non-native plants or trail crew experience
· Experience working in plant nurseries, agriculture, or gardening

Compensation amounts:
- $260 - weekly living allowance
- $40 weekly commuting allowance
- $950 - monthly housing allowance (12 months of housing)
- $2,000 duty travel reimbursement + $650* reimburseable (to/from site)
- Monthly Health insurance (optional)
- AmeriCorps eligible ($6,195 education award for 12 months)

*Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive the travel allowance as a reimbursable amount, reflecting the actual costs based upon distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650. 
** SCA Recruited and Local Recruitment Candidate will not receive the to/from travel allowance but instead the weekly “Commuting Travel Allowance”.

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

  • Office is located on the north end of Fern Ridge Reservoir, about 13 miles west of Eugene, OR. Mailing address is 26275 Clear Lake Rd, Junction City, OR 97448. Field work is concentrated at 8 of 13 lakes in the Willamette Valley, but day travel to all lakes may be possible.
  • Online ESRI ArcGIS training, local workshops, other online classes or offsite training for natural resources, and first aid/CPR training. Additional on-the-job training in natural/cultural resources field monitoring methods.
  • There are numerous recreational opportunities in the area including hiking, camping, bicycling, boating, fishing and rafting. Just over a 1-hour drive to either the Cascade Mountains or the Pacific Coast.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
competent with supervision