The IP position is a full-time seasonal position - from approximately Feb/March through November. This is a field based position to complete restoration work on the Escalante River Restoration Project, which focuses on non-native woody invasive removal, mainly Russian olive, along the Escalante River and its tributaries. The woody invasive restoration project includes follow-up restoration efforts, such as treatment of re-growth, and monitoring past & future work sites. This position requires an active role in managing conservation corps crews and volunteer groups in their work on this project throughout the season. The IP will work alongside and in coordination with the experienced Field Staff of the ERWP project.
Major Tasks Include:
Complete front and backcountry invasive tree/plant removal using hand-tools, chainsaws, & herbicide to complete treatments alongside field staff, volunteers, & conservation corps.
Carry heavy backpack (40lbs.+) up to 10 miles into the backcountry & camp up to 8 days.
Oversee backcountry camps and worksites to ensure safe living and working procedures are in place.
Help with logisitics of horse packing operations.
Attend & participate in ERWP Full Partnership meetings & events.
Mix, store, and apply EPA restricted use chemicals/heribicides, while maintaining a clean storage shed & ensuring supplies are stocked.
Experience preferred or ability to learn backcountry hiking routes using landmarks instead of trail systems, logisitics of identifying & setting up backcountry camps, backcountry communication protocols, & emergency response & preparedness.
Asssist staff on various ERWP science and monitoring projects, as they are available.
Adhere to GSEP Vehicle Policies; drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough & variable terrain, provide vehicle logs & monthly maintenance checks, service vehicles as needed, & respond to vehicle issues in a timely manner.
Duties may require sitting, standing or walking for extended periods of time. 10 hour field work days are standard. IP will use a chainsaw & hand-tools for extended periods of time, in the front and backcountry. Duties may become strenuous and require climbing, lifting, carrying & hiking at high altitudes & over rugged, precipitous & sometimes unstable terrain. Temperatures can be extremely variable throughout the year, dipping below freezing and rising above 100F.
Experience backpacking, hiking, & navigating in the remote wilderness of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Ability to lift & carry over 50 lbs. over rough terrain for up to 10 miles.
Have Wilderness First Responder training or ability to obtain certification (provided by GSEP).
Have Utah State Herbicide Applicator License or ability to obtain certification (provided by GSEP).
Proficient with chainsaw safety, use, maintenance, & instruction (certification available via GSEP).
Proficient with computers & Microsoft applications, Word, Excel & Powerpoint.
Available & willing to work a felxible work schedule, especially during the peak field season in the fall.
Capability to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough terrain.
Will need to become quickly familiar with project locations, routes, & emergency evacuation routes in the backcountry of the Escalante Canyons.
Possess a valid state driver's license (any state).
Ability to live in a small town, population 800, in rural Utah for 10 months (must live within the watershed).
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Map & compass reading skills, along with GPS knowledge are required.
Eligibility to enroll in State/National AmeriCorps team (time available).
Undergo a National Criminal History Check.
$725.00 living allowance paid twice per month
$2,907.50 AmeriCorps Education Award (available at the end of term)
Additional monthly housing stipend
HOW TO APPLY
Email a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to email@example.com
. Include "GSEP IP" in the subject line.
Applications Due Feb 14, 2018.
Anticipated Start Date March 1, 2018.