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ACE EPIC NPS UT: Vegetation Management Intern
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking ONE Vegetation Management Intern to dedicate 17 weeks in support of the Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) which serves Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument. The purpose of the Vegetation Management Intern is to provide support to partner parks in the management and control of invasive, exotic plants, and assist in restoration efforts in high visitor-use areas and backcountry sites. Intern will also assist staff in end-of-season data summary and reporting. This is an internship that will expand the resume of anyone starting a natural resource career as well as provide many career exploratory and networking opportunities as the intern works alongside resource management professionals in the national parks.

This opportunity is intended for a conscientious, hard-working, individual with a background in any aspect of natural resource management, but with strong interest vegetation work and commitment to the physical requirements of field work and working with an enthusiastic team of resource professionals who are passionate about ecological restoration in southeast Utah national parks.

Start Date: August 11, 2019

End Date: December 7, 2019

* A minimum 17-week commitment is required *

Location: Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah duty station (work in Arches National Park and Canyonlands national parks.

Project Website: Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are both located in southeastern Utah. To learn more about the parks please visit https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm and https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm. For more information about the monuments where job duties will additionally be conducted, please visit https://www.nps.gov/hove/index.htm and https://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm.

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Compensation: ACE Intern is expected to contribute 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. The exact intern stipend will be determined during interview process.

Housing: The intern will be accommodated in government housing (Moab, UT or at Arches National Park) at no cost for the duration of the internship.

Position Description: After habitat loss, invasive species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. Exotic-plant management, including use of mechanical, manual and chemical control and site restoration, is a high priority in our National Parks. The Resource Science and Stewardship Division of the Southeast Utah Group is tasked with controlling priority invasive plant species for 4 National Park units in Utah. In this intensive field position, ACE interns will be exposed to a variety of techniques to implement and document invasive plant management control methods. Additionally, interns will also be responsible for using GPS and GIS to locate and document sites and invasive plant populations, as well assisting with data summary and reporting.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as environmental science, environmental studies, botany, ecology, biology, wildlife, natural resource management or related discipline.


* U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
* Must be 18-35 years of age (Interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
* Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labor.
* Must be physically fit and have the ability to carry up to 40-lbs up to 5 miles over steep terrain for up to 10 hours/day.
* Have strong back, knees, and ankles (if you have preexisting injuries this job will exacerbate them, and endanger you).
* Willingness to use herbicide in exotic plant control, and obtain Utah pesticide applicator license once hired.
* A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request).
* Ability to work alone and in a group.
* Proficient in English.
* Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


* Experience identifying plants
* Experience in vegetation management such as exotic plant control
* Knowledge of Southern Utah's Exotic and Invasive species

ACE Interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/

NOTE: 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 ACE EPIC NPS Division Recruitment Specialist, Tori Klotz at (385) 522-3171 or tklotz@usaconservation.org.

About American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.