Invasive Species and Prairie Management Specialist
April 29, 2019 to October 25, 2019
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge
The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge(NWR) Invasive Species and Prairie Management Specialist will carry out much needed control of invasive plants threatening Sandhill Prairie, wetland and marsh habitats, which are critical to migrating and breeding birds, as well as other species of wildlife. Control methods include cutting and digging with hand tools, ATV-mowing equipment and herbicide application,. Biological aids will be responsible for documenting locations and treatments applied to invasive plants across the refuge using GPS and GIS technology. Duties also include conducting annual monitoring of rare plants, monitoring the effects of the grassland grazing program; and habitat mapping . These biological aids may also assist the biological staff with biological surveys and projects. Experience using GIS is a plus. All positions (depending on qualifications of applicants) may also help with other biological duties as assigned. Technicians and aids should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, tolerate working outdoors in all conditions (heat, cold, rain, insects, etc), physical ability to hike while carrying tools, and have a valid driver’s license. Training in driving ATV/UTV’s will be given as well. A bunkhouse is available, with shared kitchen and living space. Positions are expected to last 6 months.
This position includes a $250 weekly living allowance and a one-time travel allowance of $1,100.
The AmeriCorps award for this position is pending availability at the time of acceptance.
The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, located within the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills, the refuge lies approximately 27 miles south of the city of Valentine, bisected by Highway 83. Established in 1935 “as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife”, the refuge has grown to encompass 71,516 acres.
Today the refuge enhances the ecological integrity of Nebraska Sandhills by providing habitat for migratory birds and other remarkable wildlife while delivering valuable recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.
ATV/UTV training, Invasive and Native plant identification, Invasive Species Control training, Herbicide Application training,
Various trainings will be available to the member. There are many different opportunities for outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor recreational pursuits in the nearby town of Valentine.