Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking one Water Quality Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Member to monitor and protect significant natural resources in National Parks as part of the NPS Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network (APHN). Applicants should have a strong interest in hydrology, aquatic ecology, and natural resource management.
Start Date: May 10 2021 (flexibility available for the right candidate)
End Date: May 7, 2022 or 52 weeks after start date
*A 52-week commitment is required*
Location: Oneida, TN
Living Allowance: The ACE member will serve approximately 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $312.50/week for food, housing, and incidentals paid out biweekly. While traveling for projects, accommodations will include motels and park housing; reimbursable travel expenses are covered by the ACE.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.
AmeriCorps: This opportunity may be eligible for two 900-hour ($3,097.50) or one 1700-hour ($6,195) AmeriCorps Education Award Upon Successful Completion of membership service hours. Additional enrollment is required.
Position Description: This is a twelve-month position with the NPS Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network (APHN) where the ACE member will serve as a member of a team that conducts field-oriented natural resources monitoring. Duties are mainly assisting with field data collection, data management and related laboratory testing for the Network’s water quality monitoring program. Other duties may include assisting with freshwater mussel and vegetation monitoring.
Training: APHN will provide field training and experience using a variety of water quality monitoring instruments and techniques, as well as techniques for vegetation and freshwater mussel monitoring. Training and skills will be provided in data manipulation using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, ESRI ArcGIS software, as well as other proprietary software, including Aquatic Informatics’ Aquarius software, Garmin GPS software, and National Park Service natural resources inventory and monitoring databases. Training will be provided in Wilderness First Aid and Operational Leadership (a safety awareness course).
Applicants for the position must have previous coursework or relevant experience in aquatic ecology, hydrology, environmental science, natural resource management or related disciplines.
Applicants must be willing to positively and professionally represent ACE and partner organization, and be both self-directed and able to work as a member of a team.
- Under the Public Land Corps Act, must be 21-30 years of age (military veterans up to 35)
- US citizen and permanent resident
- A valid driver's license
- Willing to undergo and pass criminal history check
- Ability to perform essential duties with or without reasonable accommodation
- Able to work in a group setting, as well as independently
- Willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participating in sustained physical labor
- Interest and ability to serve in remote field areas
- Interest and knowledge of hydrology
- Knowledge, interest and/or experience conducting aquatic field projects
- Experience in various field data collection methods using standard protocols
- Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
- Familiarity with Microsoft Access, Garmin GPS units, and/or ESRI's ArcGIS
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.