Invasive Species Strike Team Member

Expected Dates
May 15, 2023 to September 3, 2023
Morris Wetland Management District
Position ID
This position will be part of a four member crew comprising the Morris-Big Stone Strategic Weed Assault Team (SWAT). The crew will be dedicated solely to mapping and treating invasive plant species in high quality and highly threatened prairies across the project area. Work will take place on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands in Morris Wetland Management District, Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge/Wetland Management District, and Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. 

Candidates must be:
  • comfortable using herbicides (all necessary protective gear will be provided)
  • capable of working outdoors, in remote locations 
  • capable of carrying 40 pounds

Any needed technical training will be provided, however ideal candidates would have:

  • a working knowledge of plant identification
  • experience with invasive species control (both chemical and hand control)
  • experience using mobile data collection apps like FieldMaps and Survey123

Compensation Details
- $300/week Living Allowance
- $1,100 round-trip Travel Allowance, paid once
- $600/month Housing Allowance
- Eligible for Public Land Corps Hiring Authority (upon completion of 640 hours work)

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*

Note:  This position is not eligible for the AmeriCorps education award.

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants will be required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined in SCA’s COVID Management plan, which can be found here.

  • Morris Wetland Management District and Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge/Wetland Management District (covering 10 counties in west-central Minnesota and including units of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge)
  • - invasive and native plant identification
    - safe use of herbicides, hand tools, and other invasive species control methods
    - ATV/UTV safety training
    - Minnesota Pesticide Applicator License
    - Mobile data collection using FieldMaps and Survey123
  • This rural area has abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, including camping, hiking, birdwatching, hunting and fishing. Larger metropolitan areas are just a 2 hour drive away.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience