Southeast Coast Invasive Plant Management Team Members
American Conservation Experience
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: High School
Area of Focus:
Environmental Plant Biology
2 openings available.
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking TWO Members for the Southeast Coast Invasive Plant Management Team (SEC-IPMT) to contribute to invasive plant management projects alongside the SEC-IPMT Staff.
Start Date: August 28th-Mid September, 2022 (flexibility may be available for the right candidate)
End Date: May 2023 or 36 weeks from the start date
*a 36-week minimum commitment is required *
Location: Congaree National Park, Hopkins, South Carolina
Congaree National Park is a stunningly beautiful and very special place. This park protects the largest contiguous tract of old growth floodplain hardwood forest in the southeast. Our boundaries encompass approximately 27,000 acres, the majority of which is designated wilderness. In general, the climate is mild with very, very hot and humid summers. Columbia is the closest major city to the Park. It is a very nice city with much to keep you busy and entertained. There are many hiking opportunities within a short drive of the city and this is a wonderful place to be if you are a paddler. Columbia is also only about 2 hours from the mountains and 1.5 hours from the ocean.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided park dormitory style housing at no cost for the duration of the term. Members will be eligible to enroll in a health insurance policy. Worker’s Compensation coverage will be provided by ACE.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1200-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($4,441.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Scheduling: The team will be based at Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC; however, will periodically travel on a work schedule of eight consecutive ten hour working days, then return to Congaree for six scheduled days off before traveling to the next park or site for eight, ten-hour days.
Position Description: This placement is a 36-week opportunity to be a part of a traveling team that will focus on invasive plant management at 13 parks in the Southeast Region. These include national parks in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. The team will visit several, not all, of these parks during your term.
You will control non-native plants using both manual and chemical methods (75%), perform distribution mapping of non- native plants using GPS (10%), and assist with additional resource management field, GIS, and data management projects (15%). Because of the travel intensive nature of this placement, we are looking for adaptable applicants willing to work in an environment requiring a lot of flexibility. At times our travel plans change suddenly due to unforeseen weather or training opportunities.
See the link provided for the full position description.
Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
Be 21 or older (crewmembers will be required to operate a leased vehicle, which requires all drivers be 21+)
Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
A personal vehicle (not to be used for work, just for personal use, remember at times you will have six days off at a time!)
Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Have strong back, knees, and ankles: (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them, and endanger you -Must at times work in poison ivy infested landscapes, (if you have strong reaction to P.I., beware!)
Must be comfortable living in tight quarters with small group of people, possibly sharing a room on your off days
ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resources, environmental science, entomology, or a related field.
Experience with invasive plant management or restoration.
Experience operating a vehicle while pulling a trailer.
Experience identifying and managing native and non-native plants.
Experience using GPS and GIS software
An ability to use power equipment and 4WD vehicles.
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth, young adults, and emerging professionals of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.