Exotic Plant Management Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to September 1, 2018
Site
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Position ID
PO-00725165
Intern will serve as a member of the park weed control team and will work collaboratively with Midwest Region Exotic Plant Management Team staff to apply pesticide, gather and distribute biological controls, collect and manage program data, and serve collateral duty on the parks wildlife management program. Training opportunities for CPR/First Aid, Pesticide Application (Ground Core, Ag Pest, and Right of Way), Defensive Driving, ATV Operator, and on-the-job training for sprayer calibration, PPE, GPS/GIS applications, and other practical skills will be provided. Ability to identify noxious and native plant species will be required. The incumbent must be able to work independently and willing to conduct work during inclement weather, in backcountry situations, and carrying packs weighing up to 50 pounds. 

Offer of Americorps Education award is dependent on availability.
 
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the badlands of western North Dakota. The park consists of three separate Units: The South Unit, Elkhorn Ranch Unit, and North Unit. The headquarters office is located in the South Unit in Medora (population 133), which is located on I-94, 26 miles from the Montana line. Medora is a mostly seasonal town with a wider variety of services available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Services in winter are limited but include a U.S. Post Office, bank, restaurant, convenience store/gas station, and a few shops. Additional services are located in Beach (22 miles west) and Belfield (18 miles east). Medical facilities, supermarkets, a shopping mall, and a state university are located in Dickinson (population 23,000), 35 miles east.

    The North Unit is located 16 miles south of Watford City, ND (population 6,700), and is 70 miles by road from park headquarters. Limited medical facilities and shopping are located in Watford City. Complete services and a college are located in Williston, 60 miles northwest, and complete services and a university are located in Dickinson, 70 miles southeast.

    Summers are warm and sunny with temperatures occasionally reaching 100 degrees F. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winters are cold and snowy with average temperatures around 30 degrees F. Park housing may be available, but is not required.

  • CPR/First Aid, Pesticide Application (Ground Core, Ag Pest, and Right of Way), Defensive Driving, ATV Operator, and on-the-job training for sprayer calibration, PPE, GPS/GIS applications, and other practical skills will be provided.
  • Local educational resources include museums, a state University, park interpretive programs, and park archives, as well as opportunities for cross-disciplinary service. Hiking, biking, camping, and canoeing are among local recreational opportunities.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
GPS
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience