- Grand Canyon, AZ, USA
Internship title: Grand Canyon National Park Restoration Internship - AmeriCorps
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park is seeking one Restoration Intern to dedicate 16-weeks working directly with the Grand Canyon vegetation staff exploring the field of vegetation management and experiencing the Canyon's varied ecosystems. These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through hard work and commitment to the Grand Canyon's professional staff and amazing biological resources.
Start Date: April 9, 2013
End Date: July 26, 2013
A 16-week (450-hour) commitment is required
Location: The ACE Interns will assist Grand Canyon vegetation staff with early season vegetation management activities on the South Rim, at Desert View, and at Lees Ferry, and will help lead volunteer groups during the spring break period. Work will be primarily in the field. Work and living locations are at high elevation (South Rim 6860 ft., Desert View 7340 ft., and Lees Ferry 3200 ft.) and temperatures will be cold in the early part of the work period with occasional snow and frequent ice.
Project Partner Website: For more information about the Grand Canyon please visit their website at: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
Compensation: A $110/week stipend will be provided for food and incidentals. Housing will be provided in Park housing at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. A $1468 AmeriCorps Education award will be provided upon successful completion of 450 hours of service.
Position Description: The Restoration Interns will work with the Restoration Biologist and the Field Crew Coordinator to complete restoration activities in the Park's developed areas. Work will include salvaging native plants, collecting seed, planting native plants, spreading mulch, watering restoration sites, removing invasive plants, implementing a vegetation inventory and monitoring activities, and completing a wide variety of tasks at the Park's Native Plant Nursery. All of these tasks contribute to the conservation and restoration of native vegetation and wildlife habitat within Grand Canyon National Park. The Restoration Interns will serve as co-leaders, with NPS and staff, for groups of volunteers involved in vegetation program activities. Other related tasks may be assigned at the mutual discretion of NPS and ACE.
Project Background and Objectives: The Grand Canyon National Park Vegetation Program is a multifaceted program designed to protect, restore, and maintain the ecological stability within the Park's boundaries. The Restoration Interns will assist the NPS with disturbed land mitigation, native plant community restoration, and overall preservation and conservation of natural resources. The Restoration Interns will contribute to the successful restoration of numerous sites throughout the Park that have been impacted by human-caused disturbance. They will also help conserve the Park's natural resources through a wide variety of vegetation management and monitoring actions.
While the Vegetation Program is just one part of the larger management effort of the Park, the work being done by the Restoration Interns crosses all lines, and affects all aspects of park management from recreation to maintenance, wilderness management to endangered species protection.
Training Provided: NPS Vegetation Program Leaders will provide on-site oversight of all activities and maintain safety standards through the field season's activities. NPS will provide instruction and educational orientation as to the ecological significance of the project to the Restoration Interns. NPS will provide ranger-led interpretive tours, talks, presentations, or other similar development opportunities to enhance the experiences of the Restoration Interns. NPS staff will identify appropriate educational opportunities pertaining to the Park's natural and cultural history and allow time for the interns to learn of the ecological significance of the project to be performed. NPS will emphasize providing an enriching, rewarding, and educational experience for the Restoration Interns during the execution of this project.
Plant identification skills, GPS use, backcountry hiking and navigation, and other specific skills as they relate to the positions will be developed through the training provided by NPS. There will be opportunities for guided hikes and presentations and trainings will be offered to staff and volunteers periodically throughout the season.
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in environmental science, botany, ecosystem restoration, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management, landscape architecture, forestry, or a related discipline. The interns must be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. The ACE NPS GRCA Restoration Interns must be willing and able to represent ACE and the NPS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
- Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
- Between the ages of 18 – 25. Applicants over 25 must have recently completed a MA/MS in a relevant discipline.
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within NPS.
- Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation.
- Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
- Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature.
- Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the Southwest and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places.
- Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather.
- Must be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds and work on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry of the park.
- English proficiency required.
- Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences.
- Knowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomy, including plant identification and use of dichotomous keys.
- Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment in the field.
- Ability to work alone or in a group.
- Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer.
- Degree or significant coursework in botany, ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, geography, or closely related field as they relate to the positions noted.
- It is highly desirable to have a personal vehicle as it is difficult to secure reliable rides for groceries or other activities that you wish to engage in during off hours.