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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] ACE - Sequoia and Kings Canyon Vegetation Management
American Conservation Experience: Sequoia and Kings Canyon Vegetation
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Start Date: February 28, 2010
End Date: May 22, 2010
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are hosting three intern positions
within the Division of Resources Management and Science. The internships
will provide a wonderful opportunity to explore the field of invasive
plant management, ecological restoration, and plant propagation and to
experience California's foothills ecosystems while exploring career
options in natural resources. The ACE interns will assist Sequoia National
Park vegetation staff with early season vegetation management activities
in the foothills, including work with other volunteer groups. Work will be
primarily in the field.
Although all interns will have opportunities for experience in both of the
programs, interns will work primarily in one area.
Two Invasive Plant Interns will work on a field crew controlling Italian
thistle in the foothills, between 1300 feet and 5000 feet elevation.
Control techniques will include hand-pulling and herbicide application
with backpack sprayers. Interns will help lead a small volunteer group
(ages 15-18) which will be assisting with control work one day per week.
Interns will usually spend the entire day in the field, driving and/or
walking to known infestations utilizing maps and GPS, collecting
monitoring data, and conducting control work. Other non-native plant
species may be targeted such as Himalayan blackberry, Spanish broom, and
periwinkle. Weather and road conditions permitting, there will be a one-
week car camping trip Cedar Grove (4500 feet) in Kings Canyon National
Park for invasive plant control in corrals, campgrounds and other
developed sites. In May, interns will work with other ACE crew members on
roadside restoration work, placing native litter and duff mulch to promote
plant growth on road shoulders following construction.
One Horticulture/Nursery Intern will assist the Park Horticulturalist to
propagate and care for native plants in the Ash Mountain Native Plant
Nursery. Major duties will include plant care (watering, weeding, and
pruning). Other duties may include: transplanting plants to larger
containers; plant propagation; maintenance of grounds, facilities, tools
and other equipment; soil mixing; and helping lead occasional youth
volunteer groups in nursery project work.
This is an opportunity to work and live in one of the premier National
Parks with such diverse resources as giant sequoia groves, alpine peaks,
foothill blue oak woodlands, deep canyons, wild and scenic rivers,
numerous caves and abundant plant and animal life. The Parks are
stunningly beautiful and encompass elevations from 1300 feet to the top of
Mt. Whitney at 14,496 feet, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and
many varied ecozones ranging through foothill hardwood forests and
grasslands, montane mixed conifer belt, sub-alpine forests and treeless
alpine zones. During this time of the year the ground above 6000 feet
elevation is covered in deep snow, but Spring is in full swing in the
Room and Board:
ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing in Ash Mountain
Headquarters, just outside the community of Three Rivers, California.
Housing is shared with up to three interns. ACE interns will be provided
with $70/week to cover the cost of food and incidental expenses.
Interns should be very physically fit and comfortable working away from
roads and trails on steep hillsides. Interns must be able to walk long
distances (up to 2 miles) on hilly terrain to a worksite, in varied
weather conditions. Potential environmental hazards may include rainy and
cold weather at the start of the season or sunny and hot conditions by the
end of the season, rattlesnakes, ticks and poison oak. All interns will be
given thorough safety orientations to known hazards of the worksites and
all proper personal protective equipment that will be required during
work. Training will be given in herbicide application before any herbicide
Anyone physically fit, capable of hard work, and between the ages of 18
and 35 may apply. Preference will be given to applicants with an
educational background or field experience in Botany, Biology, Forestry,
Environmental Science, or other natural resource fields. ACE is
appropriate for hard working, positive minded people who want to improve
their career opportunities through hard work.
Please email a resume and cover letter with 3 professional references to
American Conservation Experience at [log in to unmask] with "Sequoia
and Kings Canyon Vegetation Management Internship - ECOLOG referred" in
the subject heading. Your application will be considered for all three
positions. Applications due by February 10.