NPS Native Seed Collection and Management Resource Assistant
American Conservation Experience - Boulder, CO

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NPS Lake Mead National Recreation AreaNative Seed Collection and Management Resource Assistant Summary: American Conservation Experience, Emerging Professional Intern Corps (ACE EPIC) a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with Lake Mead National Recreation Area is seeking one focused, dedicated individual to directly assist the park's resource specialists with the monitoring, inventory, and management of the park's native plant seed collection. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic emerging professional with a background in natural resource management, botany, ecology, biology, geography/GIS, environmental science, wildlife biology, agriculture, or related discipline. Start Date: Early October 2013End Date: October 2014 (Possibility of extension as funds exist) A 52-week commitment is required, Location: Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. The 1.5 million acre National Recreation Area houses 9 wilderness areas, two large reservoirs: Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, 500 animal species and 900 plant species. This region caters to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while the surrounding desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, botanists and roadside sightseers. Three of America's four desert ecosystems; the Mojave desert, the Great Basin desert, and the Sonoran Desert; meet in Lake Mead. As a result, this scenic desert habitat contains a surprising amount of species diversity and experiences extremely high rates of endemism.Project Partner Website: For more information about Lake Mead NRA please visit their website at: Compensation: This position is 40 hours a week. $15 per hour (Housing is not provided) Position Description: The ACE Resource Assistant will survey, document, assess, report, collect, propagate, and clean and prepare native plant seed for restoration projects throughout southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.Work will include: Surveying and accessing suitable native plant populations by vehicle or on foot throughout the Lake Mead National Recreation Area;Identification of native and non-native plants;Care (including weeding and irrigation) for native plant seed increase fields;Assess seed conditions and determine seed ripeness and viability;Determine proper harvest, collection, cleaning and storage methodsPerform proper documentation of seed collection and management;Perform all data management including GIS, Access, and photo data for all collections and the seed storage facility;Safely lead youth service groups and/or volunteers on seed collection projects throughout the park Other duties may consist of checking backcountry traffic counters, checking weather stations, picking-up trash, rare plant plot monitoring, irrigation setup and repair, plant propagation, weed removal, and other tasks associated with native plant nursery operations. Physical Environment: Lake Mead National Recreation area is located in the Mojave Desert so the ACE Resource Assistant will be required to wear appropriate attire to work in an outdoor setting in extreme weather conditions and very little shade. Outside temperatures can range from below 32 F in the winter to over 120 in the summer. The ACE Resource Assistant may be exposed to poisonous or irritating plants that may cause skin irritations and will work routinely with chemical herbicides. The ACE Resource Assistant may come in contact with spiders, lizards, scorpions, insects, and other hazardous wildlife. The ACE Resource Assistant will be provided and required to wear all necessary safety equipment to perform duties. Work may occur in remote areas on uneven terrain and various elevation gains, as well as on the lakeshore and may be exposure to direct sun, wind, dust, and rain. Physical Demands: Lift up to 40 - pounds of material or equipmentBend, lift, pull, and pushCrouch, stoop, kneel, stand, or bend for long periods of time Walk for long periods of time on uneven surfaces carrying equipmentBe outside in extreme heat or cold (depending upon the season)Work 10 hour daysTravel overnight or up to 8 days to complete project workQualifications: A natural resource based secondary education is desired, as is the applicant's interest in a career working in the natural resources field with our public trust lands such as at Lake Mead NRA. The ACE Resource Assistant must be willing to represent ACE and Lake Mead NRA in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing and generally abhors the presence of drug users in our program. Required Skills: The Resource Assistant position is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders onlyResource Assistant must be 18-25 years old or 25-30 with a recent, relevant Masters degree.Ability to identify native and non-native plants of the desert SouthwestKnowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomyKnowledge of native seed physiologyKnowledge of native plant seed harvesting, cleaning, and storage methodsExperience with crew leadershipMust have excellent organizational skillsMust be positive, enthusiastic and extremely motivated at all timesDeep interest in ecology and respect for nature. A desire to gain a deeper understanding of the southwest and what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural placesMust be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather. Be able to carry and lift up to 50 pounds, work on steep and rough terrain in the backcountry regionsExcellence handle on the English language required in speech and writingMust be extremely organized and motivatedAbility to drive 4x4 vehicle, and navigate in the backcountry using maps and GPS unitsAbility to use ArcGIS software such as ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox, ArcMobile, and ArcPadAbility to use GPS units such as Garmins, Mesas, and Trimbles to collect dataAbility to use Microsoft Office ProgramsAbility to do physical labor in the backcountryMotivated to learn about the park's resourcesAbility to communicate with park staff in an appropriate manner in written and verbal formMust pass a federal background checkMust have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentationMust have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional/academic references using the APPLY NOW link below. Please note that early consideration may be given as applications are received and this position may close at anytime. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact the ACE EPIC Internship Program Manager, Hannah Wendel at (801) 946-5379 or

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