Title: Invasive Plant Management Individual Placement
Positions: 4 internships available
Location: Based out of Washington, DC
Dates of Service: February 12th, 2024 – November 1st, 2024 (38 weeks)
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 6:30 am to 5pm, 10 hours/day
Status: This is a full-time, temporary 1200-hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
The Invasive Plant Management Individual Placement is based in Washington, D.C. working directly with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. This 10-month AmeriCorps position will serve as a member of the IPMT, focusing on control of invasive plant species using mechanical and chemical control methods which include but are not limited to herbicide application via backpack sprayers and gas operated tank sprayers, chainsaws, brush cutters, hand saws, pruners and loppers. In addition, the IPs will be trained on overall resource management, encouraged to attend NPS-sponsored trainings, and to take part in the activities of other resource programs. While this position is primarily field-based there may be some office-based responsibilities involving the use of GIS and paper and electronic files to conduct invasive plant ranking, evaluate tools for mobile data collection, collect data and/or perform data analysis, contribute to the development of reports, and assist in the development of communication materials.
During their terms, Interns will receive training and certifications to be able to identify and treat a variety of invasive plant species. This position is heavily field based and involves frequent travel to parks in the capital region and daily physical activity.
Housing is NOT provided for this position. We are seeking candidates who are current residents of Washington, D.C. or surrounding metro area.
$600/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
$4,826.50 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of 1200 hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment and can be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)
$120 reimbursement for work boots with receipt, $100 for local ID guides
Option to enroll in health, vision and dental insurance
Eligibility for the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon successful completion – noncompetitive hiring status for two years when applying for federal positions.
Federal student loan forbearance and interest payoff
Member Assistance Program– 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered (Chainsaw training, pesticides, etc)
Depending upon the academic institution and program, positions may fulfill internship requirements
Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths
About Appalachian Conservation Corps
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.