Job Code: 2019-ACI-043
Program: AmeriCorps Intern
Contract Length: 4 Months
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting two (2) Habitat Restoration Technicians: one in the Camas National Wildlife Refuge and one in the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. Technicians will participate in all aspects of the Camas NWR and Minidoka NWR invasive species and habitat restoration programs. Primary responsibilities include:
• Crested wheatgrass and cheatgrass treatment efficacy plots (Camas & Minidoka, late May – early June;
• Russian knapweed and Canada thistle biocontrol efficacy plots (Camas, late July;
• Canada thistle chemical treatment efficacy plots (Camas, late June – early July);
• Russian olive removal and riparian habitat restoration (Both, May & Sept)
• Invasive weed mapping (Both, continuous);
• Long-term vegetation monitoring (Camas, mid-July);
• Pollinator garden maintenance and enhancement (Camas, continuous);
• Chemical control of scotch thistle, rush skeletonweed, poison hemlock, and phragmites (Minidoka, May-July, Sept);
• Early detection of & rapid response to purple loosestrife and salt cedar (Minidoka, June-July);
• Monitoring of and surveillance for invasive submerged aquatic vegetation (Eurasian watermilfoil, Curly leaf Pondweed) (Both, July - Aug); and
• Monitoring of and surveillance for invasive submerged aquatic vegetation (Eurasian watermilfoil, Curly leaf Pondweed) (Both, July – Aug.
Through these projects, the technicians will gain a broad understanding of the invasive species issues facing the Intermountain West, and the tools/methods available for prevention, surveillance, detection/monitoring, control, and restoration. These projects span habitats (shrub-steppe, grassland, wetland, and riparian) and encompass three categories of tools available for invasive species control (mechanical, chemical, biological). Furthermore, the technicians will be exposed to various elements of the habitat restoration process including training on prevention/biosecurity; the aforementioned methods of invasive species control; native grass, tree, and forb restoration; long-term vegetation monitoring; and noxious weed mapping. The technicians will be provided with first aid, ATV/UTV, and plant identification training. One technician will be stationed at each refuge, with the expectation that they will routinely need to work as a small strike team for larger projects.
• 16-week duration beginning late May
• 40 hours/week
Camas National Wildlife Refuge is one of four refuges within the Southeast Idaho NWR Complex. The refuge was established for the protection of migratory waterbirds and is a mosaic of wetland, grassland, and sage-steppe habitat. It is located approximately 40 miles north of Idaho Falls, Idaho near the small rural community of Hamer, Idaho. The area is fairly remote, with the nearest gas station existing 20 miles away (to the north in Dubois or to the south in Roberts). Groceries, medical care, and other services are available ~40 miles away (to the south in Idaho Falls or to the east in Rexburg). The refuge is set within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which provides ample world-class outdoor recreation activities. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are approximately a 2 to 3 hour drive east. Craters of the Moon National Monument, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, and the Salmon-Challis National Forest are a 1 to 3 hour drive to the west. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is a 45 minute to an hour drive to the north and east. The refuge is set within the Snake River Plains, at an elevation of about 4500 feet. Summers are typically warm and dry with cool nights. Daily highs are in the 80s and low 90s. Afternoon thunderstorms are common.
Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Snake River Plain in south-central Idaho, 12 miles northeast of Rupert. It includes 80 miles of shoreline around Lake Walcott, from Minidoka Dam upstream about 25 miles. The refuge headquarters is located in Lake Walcott State Park. About half of the refuge’s ~24,000 acres is open water and wetlands. In this arid landscape, these resources serve as an oasis drawing numerous wildlife species from miles around. Many species use the bulrush and cattail habitat that lines the lake’s small bays. Others use the willows, cottonwoods and other trees growing near shorelines. The rest of the refuge is low, rolling uplands covered by sagebrush, grasses and isolated juniper patches amongst scattered outcrops of basalt. The USFWS manages the refuge. The US Bureau of Reclamation operates the dam and power plant and controls the water levels in the reservoir. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation manages Lake Walcott State Park, a 30 acre park near the dam that offers campgrounds, picnic areas, a disc golf course, cabins, and a boat ramp.
Compensation and Benefits:
• Living Allowance: $3,200 (allocated biweekly)
• Education Award: $1,566.14 (May be used for past, present or future educational expenses, including payment of qualifying federal student loans)
• Free Housing Provided
• ACA Compliant MEC Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision, prescription) benefits at no cost to employee
• Knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification
• Prior experience with invasive plant management preferred;
• Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods;
• Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units and/or PDRs for navigation and/or data collections, along with basic computer skills;
• Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition;
• Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountain forest roads;
• Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles, which includes Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV), and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), desirable; and
• Experience with towing and backing-up a trailer, desirable.
• Ability to self-direct and self-motivate;
• Possess good organizational skills;
• Tolerant of working in variable weather conditions, willing and able to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and able to hike 2-5+ miles daily on uneven terrain;
• Ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and follow safe working practices;
• Communicate effectively with a diverse public; and
• Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
• The successful applicant(s) must complete the following background checks: AmeriCorps Criminal History Check (state and federal) and National Sex Offender registry check