Refuge Operations Assistant

Expected Dates
June 14, 2021 to September 26, 2021
Site
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
PO-00731959
The Refuge Operations Assistant will participate in a variety of refuge related maintenance activities. Operates heavy power equipment such as lawn mowers, portable snow blowers, and all types of hand tools (such as shovels rakes, lawn edging equipment, etc.), to maintain buildings, grounds, roads, trails, etc. Loads and unloads supplies and materials from trucks, trailers, dollies, etc. Moves furniture, removes and sets signs, paints picnic tables, buildings, mows, rakes and waters lawns, trims trees and shrubbery, and picks up litter and performs river cleanup  Assists with fencing. Moves heavily loaded wheelbarrows and hand trucks; uses heavy type power mowers including adjusting blades, cleaning and oiling. Performs janitorial duties for outdoor facilities.

While the position will focus on maintenance activities, the member will be exposed to grassland and visitor services management. Abundant recreational opportunities exist on nearby federal lands and the Niobrara River.

Position Includes:
- $250 weekly Living Allowance
- $1,100 one-time round-trip Travel Allowance 
- Housing on-site
- Eligible for AmeriCorps Award of of $1,638.89 

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

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 
  • Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1912 as a reserve for native birds. Today, more than 19,000 acres of refuge are managed for Wilderness, Wild and Scenic River qualities and for the genetic conservation of bison.
  • ATV/UTV training/ plant identification/grassland management
  • While the position will focus on maintenance activities, the member will be exposed to grassland and visitor services management. Abundant recreational opportunities exist on nearby federal lands and the Niobrara River.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Construction
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience