Habitat Restoration Urban Youth Crew Coordinator

Expected Dates
May 7, 2018 to October 6, 2018
Site
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
PO-00725968
This project is based on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR CCP Completed in 2015.
It supports the following objectives:
  1. Habitat and Wildlife Management
  2. Reintroducing Native Species, Including Federally Listed Species
  3. Increasing Partnership Opportunities
  4. Connecting People with Nature
  5. Creating Career Ladders of Opportunity
  6. Engagement with non-traditional audiences to build a new conservation constituency.
  7. Establishment of a conservation constituency in and around urban areas, particularly around urban wildlife refuges, to increase support for our conservation mission.
  8. Restoration efforts to reverse the declining trend for monarchs and other endemic pollinators
  9. Develop partnerships to develop 20 community outreach efforts, such as environmental education programs, schoolyard habitats, pollinator gardens and local festivals. 
  10. Collect 20,000 lbs. of high diversity forbs and grasses for habitat improvement purposes 
  11. Restore or enhance 40,000 acres of native prairie habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.This is a six month Intern position starting 05/7/2018 and ending 10/6/2018. With efforts targeted toward urban youth, recruitment will be geared toward hiring a member from the local community, currently participating in restoration efforts at the Refuge. The Intern will work directly for our Assistant Refuge Manager and our Wildlife Refuge Specialist in support of the monarch butterfly conservation strategy by leading youth crews in weed removal and promoting the establishment of native forb species favored by pollinators.
     
    The main focus of the program will be habitat restoration. A majority of the internship will be spent leading youth crews (e.g., Mile High Youth Corps and Groundwork Denver) and volunteer groups in invasive species removal and native seed collection. The intern will help by coordinating logistics, managing records and helping the Refuge to achieve regional resource priorities by working directly with personnel and youth groups conducting habitat restoration of shortgrass prairie, and collecting native grass and forb seeds (including milkweed on Service lands for monarch butterflies, as well as other native forbs identified as important species by refuge biologists). There are thousands of acres of prairie currently under restoration, providing ample opportunities to gain real world experience that the Intern will carry throughout their career.
     
    In addition to coordinating and leading youth crews and volunteers, the intern will provide additional support to the habitat restoration crew and visitor services. Habitat restoration duties include but are not limited to herbicide application, vegetation monitoring, wildlife sampling and surveys, and using GPS/GIS systems. Visitor services duties include but are not limited to developing and conducting research for educational programs, staffing the visitor center, facilitating and leading programs, field trips, lessons, games, hikes, and arts and crafts to provide curriculum based and place based environmental education in traditional and nontraditional setting.
     
    Learning and networking opportunities that will be provided for the crew (Including, but not limited to, how you will educate the youth on the Service mission, Programs, and Career Opportunities):
    This project will help the refuge to increase capacity of providing a workplace culture that encourages and emphasizes professional development in accordance with regional priorities for our people. Furthermore it supports the operational priority of implementing a cross-program Intern program that focuses on a robust experiential learning opportunity for entry-level employees by introducing the Intern to various operations of the refuge including: environmental education, visitor services, and habitat restoration. Refuge staff will provide 40 hours of training on a variety of topics including: flora and fauna of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, interpretation and environmental education techniques, as well as program planning and evaluation.
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The premier urban refuge in the country located 10 miles outside of Denver.
  • Refuge staff will provide 40 hours of training on a variety of topics including: flora and fauna of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, interpretation and environmental education techniques, as well as program planning and evaluation.
  • This project will help the refuge to increase capacity of providing a workplace culture that encourages and emphasizes professional development in accordance with regional priorities for our people.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience