Title: Invasive Plant Management Individual Placements
Positions: 4 internships available
Location: Based out of Washington, DC and surrounding areas
Start Date: February 6th, 2023 – November 3rd, 2023 (39 weeks)
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 10 hours/day
Pay: $530/week + benefits
Status: This is a 1200-hour AmeriCorps National Service position.
Questions? Contact [email protected]
The Invasive Plant Management Team (IPMT) Individual Placement is based in Washington, D.C. working directly with the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. The IPMT provides professional assistance directly to the Capital Region parks, filling a much-needed gap in park expertise and assisting parks in preventing introductions of new species, reducing existing infestations, and restoring native plant communities and ecosystem functions.
This 10-month AmeriCorps position will serve as members 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.
Members will receive intensive training on the invasive species of the capital region, plant identification, and use of tools and herbicides during their service. This position is ideal for people interested in fieldwork and comfortable with physical labor.
About Appalachian Conservation Corps
The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) is a non-profit whose mission is to engage motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the region. ACC works with a variety of land management agencies throughout the state such as the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and The Nature Conservancy.
Our programs focus on 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, environmental issues and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers.