Invasive Plant Management Members - Southeast Invasive Plant Management Team
American Conservation Experience
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: High School
Area of Focus:
Environmental Plant Biology
AmeriCorps Education Award
3 openings available.
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking THREE Invasive Plant Management Members who will assist Southeast Invasive Plant Management Team (SE-IPMT) staff with the management, control, and eradication of invasive plants and forest pathogens.
Start Date: June 2022, start date flexible for the right candidate
End Date: 26 weeks from the start date
* A 26-week minimum commitment is required *
Location: The SE-IPMT is based in Asheville, NC.
Fieldwork will primarily be conducted at the Blue Ridge Parkway, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with the possibility of traveling further out if travel restrictions lift later in the season.
Project Background and Objectives: One of the many ways the NPS is addressing invasive species is through the Invasive Plant Management Program. The program assists parks in preventing introductions of new species, reducing existing infestations, and restoring native plant communities and ecosystem functions.
In 2000, the NPS created the Invasive Plant Management Program that now supports 18 teams contributing in over 300 park units. Invasive Plant Management Teams (IPMT) are led by individuals with specialized knowledge and experience in invasive plant management.
Each field-based team operates over a wide geographic area and serves over a dozen parks to increase operational efficiency. The IPMT uses multiple strategies to create a work plan specific to the needs of the individual partner park. All treatment, control and restoration methods are reviewed and approved by the partner park and the NPS Integrated Pest Management Program.
Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $500/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. Extensive travel is required and all project-related hotel expenses are covered by ACE/NPS. Potential out-of-pocket reimbursements will be fulfilled approximately two weeks after approved travel documents are submitted to ACE.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE orNPS.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,172.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment steps are required.
Schedule: A typical schedule is eight, ten hour days followed by six days off OR four ten-hour days with three days off.
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.