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AmeriCorps Burned Area Restoration, Exotic Vegetation Control & Habitat Restoration Technician
Job Code:2017-ACI-048
Location:Death Valley
State:California
Program:AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length:6 Months
  

Job Description:
Looking for a unique experience exploring Death Valley National Park? This position offers the rare opportunity to venture off the beaten path and see areas of the park that remain largely unvisited by the public. Boasting the lowest elevation in the U.S. (282 ft. below sea level) and holding the record for the hottest recorded temperature on Earth, Death Valley covers a vast and varied expanse from salt-flat basins with sweeping sand dunes to snow-capped mountains extending more than 11,000 ft. into the sky. Opportunities for exploration and recreation are as diverse as the landscapes themselves. In cooperation with Death Valley National Park, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) AmeriCorps Interns to assist with cyclic maintenance of exotic vegetation at Scotty's Castle burned area. These members will survey, monitor, remove, and control exotics on a consistent basis within the burned area in order to help promote the reestablishment and growth of native vegetation, restore wildlife habitat(s), and restore the natural ecosystem of the burned area. Control of exotics and the restoration of the burned area will provide a revitalized wildlife habitat and enhance public enjoyment of the area. There will be additional opportunities to survey, monitor, remove, and control exotic vegetation at other riparian areas in the park. These areas include developed areas, roadsides, and/or remote backcountry and wilderness sites. Critical weeds to be controlled are salt cedar, non-native palms, annual mustards, Russian thistle, and a variety of other exotics and non-native plants.

The primary goals of this project are (1) To improve the condition of highly visible and ecologically important park resources by controlling exotic plants and restoring wetland hydrologic functions, and (2) Expose youth volunteers to multiple aspects of resource management in a national park setting.
 
Essential Duties:
Travel in GBI 4x4 vehicle, often on unmaintained road surfaces;
Hiking/Backpacking multiple miles, daily, while carrying field equipment;
Potential for camping in remote backcountry settings for multiple nights;
Recording field data with hand held GPs or in written form;
Removal and treatment of exotic vegetation by hand, hand-tool, or herbicide application; and
Completion of reporting documentation as required by agency staff
 

Contract Timeline:
900-hour (26-week contract) starting in October 2017. This is a full-time position.

Location:
Death Valley National Park, Dorm-style housing (individual rooms) will be provided on-site. Company vehicle provided for travel within the park. Personal vehicle highly recommended for travel within and to and from the park during off-time.

Compensation and Benefits:
This is an AmeriCorps position; candidates will receive a living stipend of $8,352 for the six-month position. This is a fixed amount, not an hourly wage or a salary. This stipend paid to members in bi-weekly installments throughout their term of service. When overnight camping is required Interns shall receive a per diem of $15.00. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $2,887.50 that can be used for paying off student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

On-site park housing will be provided (dorm style with individual rooms, shared bathroom, and shared community space).

Training:
• 4x4 off-road driver training
• Herbicide application training
• First Aid/CPR
• Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics


Job Qualifications:
Required:
Experience hiking and backpacking in remote locations, travelling by foot over rough and varied terrain in all weather conditions;
Valid driver's license with a clean driving record;
Personal vehicle highly recommended for travel within and to and from park during off time;
Ability to pass a federal criminal history check and national sex offender public registry name check; and
Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) must be at least 17 years of age and a have received a high school diploma or GED (or be willing to achieve this before using education award), (3) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four in a lifetime, or equivalent of two full-time terms of service), and (4) pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

Desired:
Experience using hand-held GPS unit for in-field data collection; and
Familiarity with exotic vegetation control including herbicide application

Other Job Information (if applicable):

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