Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking FOUR Invasive Species Specialist Interns to assist the USFWS with invasive plant and feral hog management duties at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, pertaining to the refuge Resource Management Plans.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources and/or wildlife management on our public lands.
Start Date: March 17/18, 2019
End Date: May 2019 (12 weeks from the start date)
* A 12-week commitment is required for this position*
Location: Trinity River Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is approximately an hour from Houston, and an hour from the Gulf Coast - 10 minutes from Dayton, TX.
Project Websites: For more information about the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge and its diverse resources please visit the website at: or explore their Facebook Page at:
To learn more about the ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org
Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week paid out biweekly for food and incidentals. On site housing is provided at no cost to the intern.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,566.14) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.
Position Description: The intern will perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to:
* Invasive Plant Management: applying herbicide to treat invasive plants including Chinaberry, Chinese tallow, Johnson grass, McCartney Rose, and Water Hyacinth on land * Aquatic Invasive Plant Management: monitoring Champion Lake, Gaylor Lake, and Josie Lake for return sprouts of Water Hyacinth and Giant Salvinia via kayak and/or canoe * Operate GPS units and compass for monitoring purposes * Drive 4WD government trucks and operate UTVs * Assist in feral hog monitoring and trapping including baiting and monitoring traps (not handling the hogs) * Educate public on invasive and native plant and animal species; excellent opportunities exist to engage and inform local community on resource management issues at the Refuge. * Participate in a research study monitoring and managing seedling trees and herbaceous weed control. * Identify plants down to species level.
Equipment Use and Training: The Refuge will provide a government vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the Intern is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the Intern is asked to use. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Heavy equipment (tractors, dozers, graders, backhoes, front-end loaders, etc.) may not be used by Interns unless the Official U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service training and certification process is completed. Local training is allowed for small equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, ATVs and UTVs. A valid state driver's license is required for any vehicle use. A personal computer is also required.
Work Environment: The heat and humidity in southeast Texas can be brutal, punishing, and intense. Heat index is about 110 fahrenheit in August. If you have had heat stroke or illness, please do not apply for this position for health reasons. Temperatures are often over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity can be 100% at the same time. Interns must also be able to swim, climb, crawl, run and work independently in remote conditions. Poisonous plants include poison ivy. Stinging insects include wasps, bees, mosquitoes, and fire ants. Venomous snakes are also present, including copperheads, water moccasins, timber rattlesnakes, and coral snakes.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree or be pursuing a degree in ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND APPROPRIATE EXPERIENCE IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE. Resume and Cover Letter must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience needed, as defined in this announcement.
* US Citizen or Permanent Citizen * Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35 * High level of physical fitness. Ability to swim, climb, crawl, lift, and run. No history of heat stroke or any other medical condition where one should not work alone in remote locations or in water. Substance abuse will not be tolerated. * A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation * A personal vehicle is required for personal time off and getting to-and-from the internship, groceries, etc. A work vehicle will be provided for official work duties only. * A personal computer/device is recommended. You will not be allowed to use government computers to check email/etc. Internet and Wi-fi are not available at bunkhouse facilities, but wi-fi is available at the office during business hours. * Must be willing and able to obtain ATV/UTV and herbicide application training (will be provided by FWS) * Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences * Ability to speak to the public and media in person, on the radio, or through newspaper articles * Able and willing to work alone and in a group * Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions, especially hot outdoor conditions * Capable of participating in sustained physical labor including ability to frequently push, pull, and lift 40 lbs * Ability to operate independently and in remote areas * Competent in Microsoft Office * Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
* Herbicide Applicator license * Ability to identify hog signs and tracks * Ability to identify plants is strongly preferred * Previous hog trapping and/or invasive plant species management background * Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many steps * Skills and ability to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in the field or office setting * Skill in maintaining and safely operating motorized vehicles and specialized equipment including: highway vehicles, zero-turn mowers, ATVs, UTVs, weed eaters, etc * Experience and/or knowledge with GPS equipment * Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional * Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies
The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the USFWS reserves the right to require drug testing.
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC FWS Recruitment & Member Manager, Melissa Early at (801) ###-#### or ...@usaconservation.org.