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Botany Participant

Student Conservation Association
Fort Myer, Virginia, US
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
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Full time
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Botany Participant Expected Dates May 23, 2022 to August 14, 2022 Site Tongass National Forest Position ID PO-00731927 This position is located in the temperate rainforest of southeastern Alaska, with work on remote islands in rugged terrain. Participants will work on conducting dominance type vegetation surveys using standardized protocols for the collection of plant data, including species and percent cover. Other types of vegetation data may also be collected including structural attributes (tree height, diameter and stand density) of forest stands on the Ketchikan/Misty Fjords Ranger District in Ketchikan, AK. Additionally the participant will collect vegetation vascular plant data to document rare plant occurrences and inventory invasive plants and work to control infestations with manual and chemical means. Data collection is typically with a tablet, and time will be spent with ArcGIS Online (AGOL) interface. A small portion of time may be spent developing and conducting environmental education activities, and may include time for soil classification and characterizing soil pedons as secondary to the vegetating sampling field work. The positions may include time spent working with other natural resource management specialists (e.g. wildlife, fisheries, or recreation). Participants will work primarily with the Botanist for the Ketchikan Misty Fjords and Prince of Wales Ranger Districts, as well as district Staff at the Ketchikan/Misty Fjords Ranger District, and staff from the Soils and Ecology Group at the Supervisor's Office. The primary duty location for this position will be Ketchikan, AK.Applicants should be able to hike steep terrain and work long hours in poor weather conditions. Ketchikan has about 233 rainy days in a year, receiving an average of 106 inches of rain a year, and has a summer temperature average of 65 degrees. Applicants will be working in remote areas, traveling to sites via truck, boat or floatplane. This project addresses Forest Service priorities of rare plant surveys, invasive plant removal and control, and cooperation with partners. Compensation amounts: + $1,500 - one time RT travel allowance + $280 - weekly living allowance + $200 - one time gear allowance + $500 - duty related expenses + AmeriCorps eligible - $1,538 education award + Housing *All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes Conditions of Employment:Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;ORReceive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection. + Location Description The duty station for this position will be in Petersburg, AK. The field work will require temporary quarters at remote field sites on occasion. + Training Provided The SCA member will be trained by professional botanists and ecologists in the fields of plant ID, plant ecology and ecological relationships of the Pacific maritime temperate rainforest. + Educational/Recreational Opportunities Educational opportunities will be in the form of on-the-ground training of Forest Service management techniques. There is abundant recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing and kayaking. + Handicap Accessible? Yes Main Area of Focus Natural Resources Mgmt Education, Training & Skills Expected Biology some coursework or experience Forestry some coursework or experience Earth Sciences some coursework or experience Ecology & Restoration some coursework or experience Resource Management some coursework or experience Backpacking some experience Data Entry some experience GIS some experience GPS some experience Plant Identification competent with supervision Further Details AmeriCorps Eligible Eligible Driving Logistics Valid Drivers License Needed Housing or Stipend Provided? Yes Housing will be provided at the Forest Service bunkhouse in Petersburg, Alaska. The SCA member may be asked to share a room with another member of the same gender. The Bunkhouse is equipped with double rooms (with two twin beds per room), a shared bathroom (two separate bathrooms for males and females), a central kitchen to be shared with up to a dozen other employees and a shared laundry room. The bunkhouse is also equipped with a television and central living area. Remote living conditions while working may include cabins, lodges or other USFS bunkhouses. Indoor/Outdoor Outdoor US Citizenship Required

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