Invasive Species Management Steward

Expected Dates
January 22, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Site
Niagara Region OPRHP
Position ID
PO-00728892
This position requires that you become enrolled in AmeriCorps.  If you are selected for this program please be sure to accept AmeriCorps during the SCA offer process.  No travel allowance will be offered for this position even if it is stated on your confirmation of acceptance.

Purpose of the Program: 
Assist regional staff with invasive species management planning, implementation, and restoration.
 
Community Needs that the Program Serves:
To serve public lands, protect biodiversity, enhancement, and conservation

AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Mapping of priority invasive species within selected parks using various mapping tools
  • Manual removal of invasive plant species in selected parks using various techniques
  • Monitoring previously treated sites for reestablishment and recommending treatment/restoration methods
  • Compiling information to be used in park specific invasive species management plans
  • Organize and implement invasive species outreach, control and restoration projects through volunteers or other types of groups (strike teams)
  • Participate in regional Environmental Stewardship Team
  • Participate in all SCA Corps-wide trainings and service projects, as well as project evaluation and reporting. (15%) 

Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
Goal 1: Formulate at least one invasive species management plan for selected regional parks
Goal 2: Plan and implement at least three invasive species outreach or management projects
Goal 3: Plan and implement at least one restoration project in a previous invasive species management site. 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Valid Driver’s License for at least 3 years
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Candidate should have excellent communication and organizational skills, and be reliable and capable of performing duties with little supervision.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, able to initiate projects and tasks, have good time management and organizational skills, and effectively work with other students and the public.
  • Experience with hand tools, map reading, GPS and GIS helpful but not necessary
  • Experience with invasive species identification and control methods
  • Working towards or holding a degree in an environmental field

Benefits:

  • All SCA NYS Parks Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and housing provided
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps
  • Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps
  • Eligible for free health insurance
  • Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Training Opportunities: All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Other opportunities include Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.

*Please ignore fit rating/eligibiity notes related to this position. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed.*

  • Niagara Region of New York State Parks, Niagara Falls
  • iMap Invasives
  • Plenty of recreational opportunities within New York State Parks: hiking, biking, wildlife observation, camping
  • All Parks Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Leave No Trace Trainer Course, American Canoe Association QuickStart Your Canoe and professional development. Other opportunities include Game of Logging Levels 1 and 2, Conservation Work Skills, and other opportunities that arise.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
GPS
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
competent with supervision
Writing/Publishing
competent with supervision