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Military Veterans Field Internship Position Available


Author: Carrie Clendaniel | 09/14/17
       

The Land Steward internship position offers skills in land management, GIS mapping, and much more!

The Field Intern position offers skills in land management, GIS mapping, and much more!

We have an opening for a Field Intern through the Veterans Conservation Corps. This 40-hour per week position provides a military veteran with an opportunity to gain skills in local ecology, locally-relevant natural resource best management practices, data collection, GPS mapping, reporting, volunteer leadership, field safety, and more.

Position is open until filled – Apply soon!

All applicants must pass a background check.

To apply: email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in this internship to:

Kim Pham
Veterans Conservation Corps Internship Coordinator
kim@dva.wa.gov

Position Description

Internship Status: April – September 31, 2018; 40 hours/week; 6 month contract renewable for up to 1 year. A stipend of $1850/month is provided.

Schedule: Typically Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; occasional early morning, evening and/or weekend work hours will be required but will be pre-scheduled to fit within 40 hours/week. Alternative hours and flexible scheduling to meet the intern’s needs will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Position Summary: The Field Intern fulfills the short- and long-term stewardship responsibilities of Jefferson Land Trust by implementing both field and office-based objectives that support the desired condition of protected lands. The Field Intern will work with the Preserve Manager and Stewardship Director to accomplish field-based monitoring, mapping, maintenance, and restoration projects and office-based program administrative tasks. This intern will work independently, with community volunteers, and with Land Trust staff. The successful intern will gain skills and knowledge in local ecology, locally-relevant natural resource best management practices, data collection, GPS mapping, reporting, volunteer leadership, field safety, and record-keeping.

Essential Functions:

Preserve Management (50%)

  • Monitor Preserves to document current habitat conditions and stewardship needs [training provided]
  • Identify and map (using GPS) stewardship concerns on the land (invasive weeds, unapproved trails, timber trespass, etc) [training provided]
  • Accomplish a variety of stewardship actions including but not limited to invasive weed removal, restoration project maintenance , restoration tree planting, and tool maintenance [training provided]
  • Lead inmate offender crew in various stewardship actions, including blackberry root removal [training provided]
  • Participate in regularly scheduled volunteer work parties on Preserves
  • Support long-term Preserve Steward volunteers by acting as a co-monitor and by helping to accomplish action tasks
  • Represent Jefferson Land Trust to Preserve visitors and neighbors
  • Document monitoring visits and actions accomplished in report format [training provided]
  • Undertake project to enter prescribed management plan actions into an organizational database; this project will support staff and Preserve volunteers and will enhance programmatic long-term planning capability

Conservation Easement Stewardship (50%)

  • Accomplish a variety of stewardship actions including but not limited to invasive weed removal [training provided]
  • Document monitoring visits and actions accomplished in a report format [training provided]
  • Maintain long-term property records [training provided]

Other Duties:

  • Participate in community outreach events and funding events as needed
  • Other conservation program and administrative duties assigned by supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Preferred: first aid training
  • Preferred: familiarity with compass navigation
  • Preferred: experience with MS Office programs

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to work independently in the field while demonstrating a strong work ethic and safety common sense
  • Ability to work as part of a team of staff and/or community volunteers in the field
  • Ability to meet and work with new people
  • Ability to act as a leader and uphold high ethical standards
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn new skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Physically able to conduct demanding field work and traverse occasionally rough terrain in a variety of weather conditions
  • Ability to lift 20-40 pounds
  • Ability to climb over brush, logs, fences, creeks, and other obstacles on protected properties

Training

All necessary training required to perform the essential functions/duties is provided on the job.

In addition to on-the-job training, this position may include the following formal trainings and certifications to aid in professional development and job training:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Dependable Strengths
  • Money 101
  • VCC Annual Training
  • PTSD/TBI/Mental Health
  • Resume/cover letter/job interviews

Questions?

To learn more about the Veterans Conservation Corps Internship Program, contact:

Kim Pham
Veterans Conservation Corps Internship Coordinator
kim@dva.wa.gov

 

For more information about Jefferson Land Trust, contact:

Carrie Clendaniel
Preserve Manager
cclendaniel@saveland.org
(360) 379-9501 ext 109

 

Veteran Conservation Corps Field Intern Position Description