Aquatic Invasive Species Member - Amistad National Recreation Area
American Conservation Experience
Location: Del Rio, Texas
Type: Full Time
Biology - Ecology
Biology - Marine
Biology - Zoology
Years of Experience:
Less than 2
4 Year Degree
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Aquatic Invasive Species Member to contribute to an aquatic invasive species project alongside Amistad National Recreation Area staff.
Start Date: ASAP, ideally ~Jan 3rd, 2023 (start date is flexible)
End Date: 44 weeks from start date
*a 44 week minimum commitment is required *
Location: Amistad National Recreation Area - Del Rio, TX
An oasis in the desert, Amistad National Recreation Area consists of the US portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. Amistad, whose name comes from the Spanish word meaning friendship, is best known for excellent water-based recreation, camping, hiking, rock art viewing, and its rich cultural history. Amistad is also home to a wide variety of plant and animal life above and below the water.
Living Allowance: The ACE member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $750/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Position Description: This project will directly benefit the public through the protection of public water bodies. The main duties will include a wide variety of biological science technician support functions, such as:
Performing boat inspections to gather data on biological threat of invasive species introductions via watercraft
Assisting with decontamination services to high-risk watercrafts
Collecting and organizing aquatic invasive field data
Installing, operating, and maintaining resource management equipment
Providing information to visitors and performing outreach at boat ramps to inform boating public of aquatic invasive species threat
Assisting with implementing scientific monitoring protocols for native species, invasive species and species of conservation concern - this includes, but is not limited to: Monarch Butterflies, Interior Least Terns, and Zebra Mussels
Providing advice or assistance to other interns and volunteers
Preparing project and season reports
Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.
Competitive applicants for the position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, marine biology, botany, wildlife sciences, biology, natural resource management, environmental science, or related disciplines
Deep interest in conservation, ecology, public lands, and invasive species removal
Skills in boat operation (paddling or motor)
Basic spoken Spanish
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/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact EPIC Recruitment and Outreach Manager, Victoria Yee at [email protected]
American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities for youth of all backgrounds to explore and improve public lands while gaining practical professional experience.