Start Date: May 17, 2021
End Date: August 7, 2021
*A 12-week commitment is required*
Location: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Daviston, AL
Project Partner Website: For more information about Horseshoe Bend National Military Park visit: https://www.nps.gov/hobe and www.facebook.com/HorseshoeBendNMP
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $380/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: The ACE members are invited to live in shared park housing and would be responsible for paying $300 a month for the duration of the term.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,638.89) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.
Position Description: After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Invasive plant management, including use of mechanical, manual and chemical control and site restoration, is a high priority in our National Parks. In this intensive field position, ACE Members will remove exotic trees, brush and weeds using chainsaws, power brush cutters, and hand tools such as axes, hatchets, machetes and handsaws. Members will safely handle, transport, mix and apply herbicides to non-native plants. Members will use GPS to locate and document sites and invasive plant populations. Horseshoe Bend NMP encompasses more than two thousand acres of river bottom and forest, and this position will provide opportunities to hike, canoe and survey the natural and culturally rich river, fields and forests of the park.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups. Members will potentially receive the following training: chainsaw and brushcutter use, herbicide safety and handling, truck, trailer, and UTV driving, hand tool use, canoe and water safety, equipment operation, small engine and equipment maintenance. The program is interested in applicants with a passion for natural resources who possess teamwork ability, patience, and an intense work ethic who have a desire to expand their resumes.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.
- Willing and able to represent ACE and partner organization in a professional and positive manner
- Ability to be both self-directed and contribute as a member of a team
- Must be 25-30 years old (military veterans up to 35) to qualify for Public Land Corps Act
- US citizen
- Valid driver's license
- Personal vehicle needed
- Physically able to hike while carrying 40lbs
- Be able to work in environment with high temperatures, poisonous plants, and biting insects
- Willing to undergo and pass criminal history checks
- Ability to perform essential duties with/without reasonable accommodation
- Pursuing bachelor's degree or has experience in related field such as natural resource management, biology, ecology etc.
- Experience with invasive plant management
- Interest in natural resource field
- Experience identifying and managing native and non-native plants
- Experience using GPS and GIS software
About American Conservation Experience
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.