Invasive Plant Control Intern (Very Flexible Start Date, Late Starts Welcome)

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to April 30, 2019
Site
Invasive Plant Control Inc.
Position ID
PO-00725376
Start dates are very flexible.  Candidates can start up on rolling basis. Internships can be as short as 7 or 8 weeks.  

Applicants will have the opportunity to work in various natural areas throughout the eastern United States with an emphasis on invasive plant management.  Invasive Plant Control, Inc. will provide you with the opportunity to conduct intensive habitat rehabilitation of many different native plant communities with the main emphasis in invasive plant management. IPC is a privately-owned company considered one of the leaders in the invasive plant control market in the US. IPC emphasizes control in natural area settings.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:
Primary function will be to travel continuously throughout the eastern US as part of an invasive plant management team and utilize a variety of techniques including chemical and mechanical methods to control invasive exotic plants in natural areas including DOD Installations, National Parks, State Parks, Municipal Parks and private lands. 

TRAVEL:
• Lodging and transportation are provided.
• There may be no opportunity to travel home during the course of this position other than on your own time

REQUIREMENTS:
• Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation.
• Applicants must pass a pre-hire drug screening to be considered for employment
• Valid driver’s license; good communication skills; good physical condition; ability to work with minimal supervision; ability to travel for long periods of time away from home; ability to pass pesticide applicator exams in various states.
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines
• Ability to travel extensively and on short notice.
• Must be actively seeking a college degree or have a college degree. Knowledge of current trends in invasive plant management in natural areas.
• The ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of a small team.
• Adapt, improvise, and overcome precarious situations.
• Employee will be required to treat all invasive plant species with minimal to no damage to native species in the area.

TRAINING/EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Applicant will have the opportunity to participate in seminars or training sessions regarding: Invasive plant removal techniques; first aid; chainsaw and hand-tool safety; pesticide safety; application equipment; ATV use and orienteering. There will be opportunities to visit many culturally and historically significant sites; attend educational workshops or meetings concerning vegetation management and work alongside professionals involved in many different areas of resource management.


 
Summer internship Frequently Asked Questions
How does the intern get to the internship location?
Means of travel varies depending upon the location of interns but can include air and or ground transportation. IPC will also provide daily transportation to and from all work locations throughout the course of the internship.   If interns wish to travel during time off throughout the course of the internship, it is the financial responsibility of the intern.
Do I need to bring my own personal vehicle?
Personal vehicles are not required as noted above.  If interns wish to bring their own vehicle, IPC will pay for mileage costs to get interns to the initial worksite at the beginning and pay for mileage to send the intern home at the end of the internship.  It is the responsibility of the intern to pay for all mileage and gas expenses for their personal vehicles during the course of the internship. 
Where do we stay during the internship?
IPC provides housing for all interns.  Housing scenarios vary depending upon the worksite.  For instance, the Washington DC area crews are housed in 2-bedroom apartments.  Apartments are fully equipped and in close proximity and walking distance to transportation, shopping, entertainment and other necessities.  The crews that work for the Nature Conservancy in the Adirondacks utilize a large rental home (4 people) that is fully equipped during their 3 month stay.  Our crews that are more mobile utilize hotels, park lodges/cabins or other housing options.  Accommodations are set up either all male or all female and teams will sometimes be determined based upon this. 
Where does IPC work?
Job locations vary depending upon client needs.  A sample of projects interns have worked on in 2017 and will likely work on in 2018 include; Arlington County, VA Parks, Fairfax County, VA Parks, TNC Adirondacks, Cherokee National Forest in NC and TN, the National Park Service in Florida, Arnold Air Force Base in TN, Hoosier National Forest, IN, Tinker Air Force Base, OK, and many others.  IPC is fortunate to work in natural areas throughout the US where selective control of invasive species is desired.  This enables us to work in unique landscapes such as military installations that mange vast acreage of pristine natural areas in the US.  Working in sensitive environments with rare and endangered plants present requires our staff to have a good understanding of native versus nonnative species and/or ability to learn on a daily basis.  Working on small teams with knowledgeable crew leaders allows our interns to excel. 
Will my school or other commitments interfere with the internship dates?
IPC is flexible on internship start and end dates.  The primary treatment season extends from April until mid-November.  IPC is able to schedule internships during this timeframe based on school schedules. 
Is experience required?
IPC does not require interns to have previous experience controlling invasive species.  We do weigh an applicant’s abilities based on several factors.  The first is the applicant’s willingness to travel.  This position requires the intern to be away from home for most of the internship.  While weekends are often free, it is difficult to travel home and back in such a short time. Secondly is the ability to work outdoors in a job that requires physical labor on a daily basis.  Controlling invasive species requires the use of tools such as chainsaws, brushcutters, backpack sprayers and other equipment.  Utilizing these tools in the middle of the summer requires stamina and a natural enjoyment towards this type of work.  We do not require previous experience with any of these tools but it does help in the selection process.  All interns will receive chainsaw and chemical use training prior to starting work. 
What are the physical requirements of this job?
 It is strongly recommended that interns be in good physical condition for this type of work.  Hiking, lifting and working with tools often in extreme temperatures will occur on a daily basis. 
What are the typical work hours?
IPC works a typical 8-hour day.  Start times are decided by the crew leader you are assigned to work with.  Start times vary depending upon multiple factors including weather but the workday is usually 7am-4pm or 8am-5pm.  Most weeks do not require working on weekends but there will be an occasion when this is required due to rain outs during the week or the need to complete a project while travelling.  Average work weeks are 40 hours.    
Are there any training or educational opportunities?
All interns that complete their internships will be awarded a scholarship to cover registration fees for the Innovations in Invasive Species Conference in Nashville Tennessee December 12-14, 2018.  There may be other conferences and workshops IPC will be hosting that interns can attend throughout the course of the summer.  Interns will also have the opportunity to train, study for and take the pesticide applicators exam in the applicable state or states they will be working.  Training also includes safety and first aid, chainsaw and ATV training.

 
  • Our service area includes municipal, state and federal agencies from Florida, north to Maine. primary work areas are in the mid Atlantic and southeast and include National parks, US Forest Service Lands, Municipal parks among others.
  • All interns that complete their internships will be awarded a scholarship to cover registration fees for the Innovations in Invasive Species Conference in Nashville Tennessee December 12-14, 2018. There may be other conferences and workshops IPC will be
  • Throughout the summer there are multiple opportunities available for interns to participate in meetings and workshops focused on invasive species. Interns also have time off on weekends to explore the areas they are working.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Construction
some experience
Chain Saw Skills
competent with supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent with supervision