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ACE EPIC NRCS ID: Wetland Monitoring Internship

American Conservation Experience Boise, Idaho
Deadline Nov 30, 2018
Job Type Internship

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), is seeking ONE Wetland Reserve Program Monitoring Intern by providing support in coordinating and implementing the monitoring practices. As part of the effort to repair and/or enhance easement habitat for ecological success and compliance on NRCS funded conservation practices on private lands within Idaho.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in landscape architecture, rangeland management, botany, conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Idaho's private conservation easements through purposeful fieldwork and program implementation. 

Start Date: ASAP, Early November, 2018End Date:  September 31, 2019

Location: NRCS State Office in Boise, Idaho;  Fieldwork will encompass the entire state of Idaho.

Project Background and Objectives: NRCS manages the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE) program which are voluntary programs to conserve, protect, and enhance the nation's wetland ecosystems.   These programs promote restoration, enhancement, protection, and management of wetlands and their associated upland habitats on private lands. Private lands provide a tremendous amount of social, economic and environmental value on a local, national and global scale. They are a great resource not only for people but also for all other living organisms that inhabit the area. Hence it is imperative to encourage and enhance sustainable practices to retain & enhance the value of such lands. To that end the NRCS is authorized to enter into these Easement programs and are responsible for the implementation and compliance upon these resources in Idaho and the other 49 states and US territories.The objective of this partnership is to provide support in creating conservation restoration plans for implementation by the landowner, NRCS and other parties in order to improve wildlife habitat.   

The Wetland Monitoring Intern is responsible for the following work:

  • Conducting field work necessary for the preparation of Wetland Reserve Plan of Operations (WRPO's);
  • Assisting with the implementation of technical monitoring work (drones, engineering, design, survey);
  • Prepare all WRPO's for management and any implementation of enhancement and/or repairs to the resource;
  • Provide coordination between landowners, NRCS, ACE and SWCA for all services and site visits taking place;
  • Research and compilation of all necessary data to complete the WRPO's (this will include, but is not limited to, engineering surveys, preliminary and final engineering designs, and construction management activities for various wetland restoration, enhancement, and creation practices.
  • Assist in other compliance, restoration, monitoring, and project implementation projects, as requested;

HOW TO APPLY

Qualifications: Applicants should have degree in ecology, botany, range science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or related field.  Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in agriculture, rangeland management, habitat restoration & resource management within a public/private context are strongly encouraged to apply.   The applicant must have experience identifying plants species and experience with a taxonomic key is essential to the position to identify flora to species. A familiarity with Idaho's flora is beneficial. 

Required:

  • Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, must be 21+ to qualify to drive ACE vehicles. Driving history record checks will be completed by ACE upon enrollment, if selected
  • Willingness to travel long distances, spend multiple days, or more, away from the Boise office (duty station).  Extensive travel will be required periodically throughout the state of Idaho
  • Experience in upland and wetland habitats
  • Strong plant identification skills.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals, landowners, and NRCS staff
  • Proficient research, organization,  and writing skills
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of farmed lands, wetlands, and riparian habitat
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome
  • Knowledge and experience with GPS units and ArcGIS software
  • Genuine interest and knowledge in wetland & riparian resource management
  • Effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone or in a group
  • Plant identification skills
  • Experience with different field data collection methods
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas
  • Experience and training driving four wheel drive vehicles over rugged roads
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional

Site Information and History:  

For more information regarding NRCS's conservation management practices visit:  

You can also visit  www.usaconservation.org for more information about ACE and the EPIC program.

Compensation:  $600-700 per week living allowance, depending on education & experience.  Typical workweek will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week.  Some survey protocols will require an adjustment of the workday & workweek, however bi-weekly totals will amount to approximately 80 hours.  Housing is not provided in Boise will be responsible for finding their own housing.

Deadline / To Apply:

Open until Filled. To apply: https://usaconservationstaff.applicantpool.com/jobs/

You must include a resume, one-page cover letter and three professional references. Qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.  Applicants must follow all application instructions in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Applications submitted here: https://usaconservationstaff.applicantpool.com/jobs/ 

For specific questions not answered above, please contact: Shane Barrow at sbarrow@usaconservation.org or 801-946-2722

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