Position ID: PO-00734884

Expected Dates: July 24, 2023 – January 21, 2024

Location: Valentine, NE

The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge(NWR) Invasive Species and Prairie Management Specialist will carry out much-needed control of invasive plants threatening Sandhill Prairie, wetland, and marsh habitats, which are critical to migrating and breeding birds, as well as other species of wildlife. Control methods include cutting and digging with hand tools, ATV-mowing equipment, and herbicide application. Experience using GIS is a plus. All positions (depending on the qualifications of applicants) may also help with other biological duties as assigned. Technicians and aids should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, tolerate working outdoors in all conditions (heat, cold, rain, insects, etc.), have the physical ability to hike while carrying tools, and have a valid driver’s license. Training in driving ATVs/UTVs will be given as well. A bunkhouse is available, with a shared kitchen and living space. Positions are expected to last 6 months.

Primary Duties

Documenting locations and treatments applied to invasive plants using GPS and GIS technology. (60%)
Conducting annual monitoring of rare plants; monitoring effects of the grassland grazing program; and habitat mapping. (20%)
Other biological surveys and maintenance projects.(20%)

– $400/week* Living Allowance
– $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
– Housing provided on-site
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,247.50, received upon successful completion of position
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service)

*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

For SCA’s COVID guidance, please refer to www.thesca.org/covid.

Training Provided: ATV/UTV training, Invasive and Native plant identification, Invasive Species Control training, Herbicide Application training,

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Various trainings will be available to the member. There are many different opportunities for outdoor recreation including fishing, hunting, hiking, and many other outdoor recreational pursuits in the nearby town of Valentine.

Tagged as: Conservation, Research/Science and Technical, Water Skills

About Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states

Application Instructions

Use the following link to apply: https://www.thesca.org/position/invasive-species-and-prairie-management-specialist-po-00734884/ Be sure to upload your resume.