American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Crater Lake National Park is seeking TWO Member(s) to serve as Vegetation Members.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: May 21, 2023
Estimated End Date: October 6, 2023
*a 20-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Crater Lake National Park is in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon. It’s known for its namesake Crater Lake, formed by the now-collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama. Wizard Island is a cinder cone near the western edge of the lake. The Rim Drive, a road surrounding the lake, offers views of the park’s volcanic formations.
For more information about the park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm.
Position Overview: The members will work with and assist the Crater Lake NP Vegetation Management team in all tasks associated with non-native plant control and revegetation in the park. The work can include surveys, restoration, seeding and seed collection, as well as specific directed control operations. Control will be done using both manual and chemical control techniques including the spraying of herbicide. Members will be working as part of a crew with a crew leader and an assistant crew leader providing daily oversight and instruction. The members should be capable of hiking up to 10 miles daily on and off trail and on rough terrain while carrying a pack weighing up to fifty pounds. This is a field-based position, and most days will be spent outdoors; occasional office work will involve data entry and management. Some work will be performed in a nursery setting or indoors cleaning and processing native seed. This is a great opportunity to learn plants of Oregon as well as brush up on plant identification skills using dichotomous keys. There will be some opportunities to join other resource management crews and gain experience in other tasks.
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.
Schedule: Work will occur Monday-Thursday from 0700-1730 PDT.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $462/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Willing to undergo and must pass the required three-part criminal history.
Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a B.S. degree in natural or environmental sciences and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as vegetation management, ecological restoration, and nursery management.
Knowledge plant taxonomy and identification; invasive vegetation management; hands-on restoration (planting, seeding, seed collection), vegetation monitoring
Ability and willingness to work effectively in small groups; perform physically arduous tasks.
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.