Member will provide national service at the BLM office in Redding, CA, a host site for the Great Basin Institute’s AmeriCorps Program.
Working collaboratively with the BLM in Redding, CA, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting one (1) AmeriCorps member to assist the BLM Ecologist with a wide variety of field and office tasks that will prepare them for success with future academic endeavors and a career in rangeland or natural resources management. The member will aid the BLM ecology program staff with vegetation surveys and monitoring, vegetation treatments, rangeland/grazing management projects, and post-fire stabilization treatments. The member will also have opportunities to support National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, with particular focus on preparing sections of technical documents and working within the BLM’s geographical information system (GIS).
More specifically, the member will assist the BLM ecologist with document preparation and review, data entry, analysis and database management, research, outreach and education. The member will also be responsible for activities associated with rangeland monitoring, botanical surveys, and conducting vegetation treatments associated with rangeland management, post-fire stabilization and botany program objectives. Performing vegetation treatments, such as native species planting, restoration and invasive species control within the Redding Field Office resource area, will also be a component of this position.
Outcomes of these activities will inform the development of maps and reports related to NEPA compliance, vegetation treatments, and other BLM actions. This position will require moderate to strenuous physical exertion, including operating common hand tools (e.g., power drill or backpack sprayer), and hiking over uneven terrain. This is a 6-month position, so the member must be prepared to serve in a variety of weather conditions and recognize that they will be confronted by environmental hazards, such as lightning, poison oak, insects, cattle and other livestock, and other potential hazards commensurate with land management activities.
This work is authorized by the Public Land Corps Act, which supports opportunities for young people (aged 16-30) to work on conservation projects on public lands. Those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive federal service positions.
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