Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking one Water Quality Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Member to monitor and protect significant natural resources in National Parks as part of the NPS Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network (APHN). Applicants should have a strong interest in hydrology, aquatic ecology, and natural resource management.
Start Date: May 10 2021 (flexibility available for the right candidate)
End Date: May 7, 2022 or 52 weeks after start date
*A 52-week commitment is required*
Location: Oneida, TN
Fieldwork will be in National Park Service units in four southeastern states (KY, NC, TN and VA). These are large natural resource parks protecting some of the most significant ecosystems in the Southern Appalachians, including cliff-lined river gorges (Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Obed Wild and Scenic River), and montane forests (Blue Ridge Parkway).
Project Partner Website: For more information regarding the Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network please visit the NPS website at: https://www.nps.gov/im/aphn/index.htm
For more information on the ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Living Allowance: The ACE member will serve approximately 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $312.50/week for food, housing, and incidentals paid out biweekly. While traveling for projects, accommodations will include motels and park housing; reimbursable travel expenses are covered by the ACE.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.
AmeriCorps: This opportunity may be eligible for two 900-hour ($3,097.50) or one 1700-hour ($6,195) AmeriCorps Education Award Upon Successful Completion of membership service hours. Additional enrollment is required.
Position Description: This is a twelve-month position with the NPS Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network (APHN) where the ACE member will serve as a member of a team that conducts field-oriented natural resources monitoring. Duties are mainly assisting with field data collection, data management and related laboratory testing for the Network's water quality monitoring program. Other duties may include assisting with freshwater mussel and vegetation monitoring.
Assist APHN staff with a variety of field-oriented projects, including:
Training: APHN will provide field training and experience using a variety of water quality monitoring instruments and techniques, as well as techniques for vegetation and freshwater mussel monitoring. Training and skills will be provided in data manipulation using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, ESRI ArcGIS software, as well as other proprietary software, including Aquatic Informatics' Aquarius software, Garmin GPS software, and National Park Service natural resources inventory and monitoring databases. Training will be provided in Wilderness First Aid and Operational Leadership (a safety awareness course).
To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/550753.html. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time.
EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must have previous coursework or relevant experience in aquatic ecology, hydrology, environmental science, natural resource management or related disciplines.
Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.