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Invasive Species Members (2) - Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZ at American Conservation Experience

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Employer: American Conservation Experience Expires: 08/22/2022 Invasive Species Members (2) - Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, AZACE EPIC placements provide recent young adult graduates with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors as they apply their knowledge of resource management on their path to becoming the next generation of resource and land managers. Funding for ACE positions is provided by a federal program designed specifically for the employment of youth and young adults. For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit conservation corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking TWO (2)  Invasive Species Members to assist the USFWS with invasive plant management duties at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona. Start Date: 08/22/2022End Date: 05/26/2023**40-week commitment required**Location: Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Ajo, AZLocated in southwest Arizona, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge was originally established in 1939 as a Game Range "for the conservation and development of natural wildlife resources". In March of 1975, Cabeza Prieta Game Range was re-established as Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and became part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Encompassing 860,000 acres, CPNWR provides valuable habitat for Sonoran Desert wildlife. In 1990, the passage of the Arizona Desert Wilderness Act designated 803,418 acres (93 percent) of CPNWR as wilderness. It is the ancestral homeland of the Hia C-ed O'odham.For more information about Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and their resources visit:  https://www.fws.gov/refuge/cabeza_prieta/Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday - Friday. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours. A flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed outside of normal work hours including on weekends and/or holidays. Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval.Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $399/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.Housing: The ACE member will be accommodated in provided agency housing at no cost for the duration of the term. When residing in FWS provided-housing or on FWS lands, strict adherence to site specific policies and/or regulations is required. AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,172.50) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment is required.Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-competitive Hiring Authority: Members serving on this project may be eligible to receive a Department of the Interior (DOI) PLC non-competitive hiring authority certificate upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours (16 weeks at 40 hours/week) and utilize their certificate when applying for qualifying federal positions within 2 years of receipt. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility.Position Description:This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals. This could include gaining experience in a variety of conservation fields and/or shadowing different work groups.The member will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff in the accomplishment of:Invasive Plant Management: Applying herbicide to treat non-native invasive plants including stinknet, buffelgrass and Sahara mustardInvasive Plant Surveying: Surveying areas for invasive species including early detection of stinknet on and around refuge landsUsing Collector for ArcGIS to record treatment data and monitoringOperating 4WD government trucks and UTV'sEducating the public on invasive and native plant and animal species; excellent opportunities exist to engage and inform the local community on resource management issues at the Refuge.Physical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over uneven and rough surfaces in hot conditions; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements. Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The heat in southern Arizona can be intense. If you have a history of heat stroke, please consider whether this is a good position for you to apply for due to health risks. Daytime temperatures are generally between 85 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with temperatures occasionally rising over 100 degrees Fahrenheit even in the spring months. Local hazards include rattlesnakes, bees, and rough, uneven terrain. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the FWS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the FWS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the FWS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to FWS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required. Qualifications: Required:Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.U.S. Citizen or Permanent ResidentA valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.Ability to hike and work in hot conditions on rough, uneven terrain.Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiencesAbility to speak to the publicAble and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions, especially hot outdoor conditionsCapable of participating in sustained physical labor including ability to frequently push, pull, and lift 40 lbsAbility to operate independently and in remote areasCompetent in Microsoft OfficePreferred:Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation, rangeland management, other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND APPROPRIATE EXPERIENCE IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE. Resume and Cover Letter must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience needed, as defined in this announcement.Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many stepsSkills and ability to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in the field or office settingSkill in maintaining and safely operating motorized vehicles and specialized equipment including: highway vehicles, backpack sprayers, weed eaters, etcExperience and/or knowledge with GPS equipmentStrong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professionalExperience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agenciesTo Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information 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 applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Division Support Specialist, Andrew Garcia, at agarcia@usaconservation.org or 720-812-1619.Vaccination Requirement: ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Non-native Snapping Turtle Survey Members (2) - Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, AZ at American Conservation Experience

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Employer: American Conservation Experience Expires: 10/01/2022 Non-native Snapping Turtle Survey Members (2) - Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, AZACE EPIC placements provide young adults with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors as they apply their knowledge of resource management on their path to becoming the next generation of resource and land managers.Funding for ACE positions is provided by a federal program designed specifically for the employment of youth and young adults.For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking TWO (2) Non-native Snapping Turtle Survey Members to contribute to a snapping turtle detection project in partnership with Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. During this term, the ACE members will conduct a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) eradication pilot study at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in partnership with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD). Start Date: ASAP (Summer 2022)End Date: 10/1/2022 **8-week commitment required**Location: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola, AZCibola National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 as mitigation for the straightening, channelization, and armoring of the banks of the Colorado River by the Bureau of Reclamation to prevent flooding. The purpose of the 18,444-acre refuge is to protect and recreate the marshes, backwaters, and meanders that historically provided wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife that natural flooding would have formed. For more information about the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/cibolaWork Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday - Thursday on a four days a week, 10 hours a day schedule. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours. A flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed outside of normal work hours including on weekends and/or holidays. Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval.Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute at approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.Housing: The ACE member will be accommodated in provided agency housing at no cost for the duration of the term. When residing in FWS provided-housing or on FWS lands, strict adherence to site specific policies and/or regulations is required.Position Description:This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals. This could include gaining experience in a variety of conservation fields and/or shadowing different work groups.This position will conduct a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) eradication pilot study at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in partnership with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD). Snapping turtles are non-native to the Colorado River basin and prey upon native wildlife species. There have been three records of snapping turtles on the Colorado River, one at Cibola Lake in Cibola NWR in the spring of 2022, one at Taylor Lake near Imperial NWR in 2021, and one at Imperial Dam in 2020. The population and breeding status of snapping turtles in the Colorado River is unknown. Information is needed to assess the population status and foraging habits of snapping turtles in the Lower Colorado River.The member will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff in the accomplishment of:Walking adjacent wetlands in waders, through tall grasses/cattails Operating non-motorized watercraft (certification will be provided)Riding in motorized watercraft as necessarySetting and checking baited box traps on a regular scheduleEuthanizing snapping turtles if applicable according to AGFD veterinary guidelinesConducting informal interviews with recreationists to potentially identify new snapping turtle sighting locations and conduct outreach about species impactsSurveying for other non-native species may occurPhysical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs.; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching; operating canoes and kayaks; and wading through deep water and walking through 6-foot tall vegetation (grasses and cattails). Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The members will encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The members will operate non-motorized watercraft which requires safe use and cautious behavior. The members are expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the FWS or ACE. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the FWS or AZGFD. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), provided by the FWS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to FWS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required. Qualifications: Required:U.S. Citizen or Permanent ResidentAbility to perform the primary duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization (FWS) in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.Preferred:Competitive applicants for this position can hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and/or have interest in subject areas such as natural resources, biology, ecology or a related subject.Knowledge of Arizona reptile and amphibian species.Experience paddling canoe and kayak.Experience handling herptiles.Deep interest in conservation, threatened and endangered species, and invasive species control.To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information 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 applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Division Support Specialist, Andrew Garcia, at agarcia@usaconservation.org or 928-419-7035.Vaccination Requirement: ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term. EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area-AmeriCorps (State & National) at Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Employer: Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Expires: 02/28/2023 AFNHA is seeking AmeriCorps members for conservation and/or cultural heritage related positions for the program year beginning September 7, 2022. Positions are one year with a living stipend provided. The Segal Education Award is granted to those that successfully complete the full year. Available position locations span across eastern West Virginia and provide support to local communities that focus on conservation, cultural heritage, education and outreach, among other activities. Members serve with a cross section of sites including the National Forest, National Wildlife Areas, US Fish and Wildlife, Historical Societies and Museums. More information and application instructions can be found on our website: https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/become-an-americorps

Human Resources Project Management Intern – Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 at Farm Bureau Financial Services

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Employer: Farm Bureau Financial Services Expires: 07/22/2022 Do you want real world experience right now? Do you want to make an impact on our organization by assisting with enterprise-wide projects and recruiting for interns?  If so, this school year internship opportunity in our Human Resources Department could be a great fit for you!What You'll Do: In this role, you will work closely with our total rewards team to effectively implement and communicate total reward strategies and initiatives.  You will also work closely with our Talent Acquisition team to complete full cycle recruiting for all of our interns. The main duties will include:·       Recruiting all company interns.·       Helping to create content for our internal TV channel.·       Assisting with the creating of employment related content that will be used on social media.·       Assisting with the facilitation of new hire events and being involved in various onboarding activities.As an intern, you will also participate in corporate activities that give you a sense of our industry, our company, and help you understand our culture firsthand. Our internship program holds an 80/10/10 approach, meaning that 80% of your work time will involve performing tasks or working on projects within your hired work area. Another 10% of the time, you will be exposed to learning in other areas within your assigned division to get more corporate experience. Then, the final 10% will be spent in shared experiences across the organization, where you will get to really learn about our culture and work environment.What It Takes to Join Our Team:·       Be a current student, working toward a human resources, business administration, communications, online learning, adult education, marketing, or similar degree.·       Be passionate about learning new things and be tech savvy (ability to learn new systems quickly is a must)·       Be an effective communicator.·       Exceptional writing skills are critical for success in this role.·       Be creative and familiar (or willing to learn) social media platforms (primarily Instagram).·       Photography skills and prior knowledge of Canva a plus but not required.·       Be available to work 12-15 hours per week Fall 2022 – May 2023, in our office in West Des Moines, IA.If you're interested in getting your career started on the right track by joining a company that appreciates its employees and provides growth and professional development opportunities, we invite you to apply today.  Farm Bureau....where the grass really IS greener! Work Authorization/Sponsorship: At this time, we are not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future, such as additional or permanent work authorization. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time, permanent basis. We are not able to sponsor now or in the future, or take over sponsorship of, an employment visa or work authorization for this role. For example, we are not considering candidates with OPT status. 

USDA-ARS Summer Undergraduate Research Internship at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Monday, June 20, 2022
Employer: Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education - Department of Energy Expires: 08/08/2022 *Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis, and this opportunity could close before the application deadline.ARS Office/Lab and Location: A summer undergraduate research internship opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Subtropical Horticulture Research Station located in Miami, Florida.The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision of the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.Research Project: The project will focus on the development of automated trapping systems for fruit flies including Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Oriental fruit fly species, among the most destructive invasive pests of tropical crops worldwide. Current Oriental fruit fly quarantine programs require frequent manual checking of traps and handling fruit to check for infestation. Automated systems could alleviate some of the burdens associated with fruit fly surveillance.The primary goals of this project are (1) to develop and test several iterations of insect detection systems for use inside fruit fly traps, and (2) to develop and test automated chemical detection systems to monitor fruit for larval presence.The participant will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of researchers with both entomological and engineering expertise to solve these urgent problems facing American subtropical agriculture.Learning Objectives: The participant will improve their skills in lab bioassay design, conducting research with plants and insects, in device design and development, as well as in collaborative research with the senior scientists and lab technicians.Mentor(s): The mentors for this opportunity are Barukh Rohde (barukh.rohde@usda.gov) and Paul Kendra (paul.kendra@usda.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentors.Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors, but this position is intended to be a summer internship.Appointment Length: The appointment will be for three months, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.Qualifications:The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Ecology, Entomology, Biology), having completed two years.Preferred skills:Experience working with and growing plantsExperience working with and studying insects

Laudato Si' Advocate at Creatio

Friday, June 17, 2022
Employer: Creatio Expires: 08/31/2022 The mission of the Laudato Si’ Advocates Program is to raise up a generation of Catholic leaders who promote integral ecology through advocacy and witness. Each year, Laudato Si' Advocates engage in legislative advocacy for federal policies across party lines to cultivate a new political culture that is motivated by a desire to find common ground for the good of our common home.Qualifications:Must be a current college or graduate studentInterest in environmental policy and/or Catholic social teachingQualified applicants will be collaborative, results-oriented, self-motivated, and able to manage multiple projects at onceExperience in policy, environmental work, or church leadership preferredPriority will be given to candidates from New Mexico, Virginia, California, and Nebraska.Advocates will:Receive on-the-job formation in Catholic Social Teaching and environmental policyLearn how to engage in legislative advocacyPublish opinion pieces and letters to the editorMeet with their legislators to discuss important environmental issuesDesign and implement a capstone Creative Advocacy ProjectInternship Includes:3-day pilgrimage experienceIn-person orientation in Washington, D.C.Monthly formation with opportunities for professional networkingCohort-model collaboration with other Advocates$300 monthly stipend (5-7 hours/week)Advocates work 5-7 hours a week and can fit those hours flexibly into their own schedules.