Wildlife Crew

Expected Dates
May 16, 2021 to August 7, 2021
Huron-Manistee National Forest
Position ID
The Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District is seeking 3 motivated SCA members to assist with various wildlife and vegetative surveys.  The crew will work as members of a survey team to: 1) inventory endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species; 2) assess habitat suitability for various wildlife species; 3) conduct counts to estimate abundance of Karner blue butterflies, a federally listed endangered species, within designated management areas; 4) conduct vegetative surveys to estimate acreage of suitable Karner blue butterfly habitat within designated management areas; 5) conduct vegetative surveys to assess the effectiveness of different management treatments for restoring savannas; 6) identify management concerns for use in developing management plans; and 7) layout and implement habitat improvement projects to restore openlands and young forests.  The data collected will be used by professional staff to develop management plans and conservation measures.  The SCA crew will also assist with recreation and timber program activities, complete detailed field reports, enter data into various databases, and participate in outreach activities to educate the public about wildlife conservation issues.  

This position provides:
- $125 weekly Living Allowance*
- $1100 one-time round-trip Travel Allowance*
- Housing on-site

This position is an AmeriCorps program and acceptance of AmeriCorps membership is required. The AmeriCorps Education Award received upon successful completion of this position is $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. 
  • This position will be based out of Baldwin, MI and cover the Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger District of the Manistee National Forest.
  • Defensive Driving Training. Training on Karner blue butterfly surveys, surveys of other wildlife species, vegetation surveys, habitat management techniques.
  • Experience surveying for and improving the habitat of endangered, threatened, and sensitive species.

    Off-duty recreational opportunities include but not limited to; hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing.

Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience