Internship AmeriCorps Conservation Internship – Natural Resources Data Specialist
The City of Gresham’s Natural Resources Program (NRP) is looking for candidates to fill a 1700 hour, approximately 11 months, AmeriCorps position. The position is a chance to complete a year of environmental related service and develop skills needed for future employment in environmental related field. The NRP is seeking someone to assist staff and other AmeriCorps Volunteers with; designing and implementing statistical/GIS analysis of previously collected biodiversity data, collection of biodiversity data, continued monitoring and management of restoration projects and wildlife structures, developing protocols for upcoming biodiversity surveys, and helping lead City volunteer events.
The NRP has been collecting biodiversity survey data throughout the city since 2004, on a 10-year cycle with a different focus every year. The 2017 year will focus on wetland data field collection and data entry, lamprey protocol implementation with non-profit groups, and terrestrial amphibian and bat survey protocol development. The biodiversity data allows the NRP to track changes in vegetation to inform land management strategies, monitor wildlife species important to biodiversity, and develop restoration and land acquisition priorities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Primary duties include assisting with the planning, implementation and statistical/GIS analysis of large-scale vegetation and wildlife biodiversity survey efforts performed by the NRP. The position will work closely with City Natural Resource staff and other AmeriCorps Volunteers to complete the biodiversity survey efforts, with an emphasis on leading wetland biodiversity surveys in the spring, veteran tree surveys (year round), and completing statistical analyses of past data collection efforts. Additional duties will include assistance with invasive vegetation removal, wildlife habitat installation, wildlife surveys, assisting in volunteer events and development of future biodiversity survey efforts (lamprey, terrestrial amphibians, and bats). The individual will coordinate closely with City Natural Resources staff and other AmeriCorps Volunteers, but after an initial training period may work independently on selected individual projects.
• Experience performing large scale statistical analysis on collected data sets
• Experience with ArcGIS analysis and geoprocess modeling
• Extensive experience in the use of GIS software to perform data collection, develop databases, analyze collected data, and develop models.
• Experience using Trimble GPS units including collecting data and uploading and downloading data into individual units.
• In-depth knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural resources, wildlife and plants.
• Ability to work outdoors in remote settings during inclement weather, possible exposure to poison oak and other noxious weeds, and ability to walk several miles on uneven ground each day.
• Willingness to work independently in an outdoor setting, understanding all work done in the field is with a partner.
• Must have a positive attitude and an attention for detail.
• Current Driver’s license with a clean driving record of at least three years
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Must be 18 years of age to apply
• Wetland survey experience
• Knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Word
• Coursework in biology and strong interest in biology and conservation, with a specific interest in wetlands, bats and/or terrestrial amphibians and reptiles.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs
• Experience reading maps and using a compass
• Capable of performing and overseeing volunteer programs. Ability to work with the public to complete volunteer restoration events
Will report daily to work site at Gresham City Hall, Gresham, Oregon. City fleet vehicles are available to use for travel between City Hall and the field sites. Public transportation opportunities are available for reimbursement.
Terms of Employment:
One AmeriCorps member will serve a term of service of 1700 hours, starting early February. Preferred work schedule will be five days per week (Mon.-Fri.), 8 hours per day, for a total time commitment of 1700 hours (approximately 11-12 months). Weekend hours will occasionally be required to help lead volunteer events.
$12,530 living allowance dispersed on a monthly basis and a $5,775.00 education award upon completion of the 1700 hours of service. The living allowance and education award are taxable. Members are responsible for providing their own housing and food, and transportation to the site. Service eligibility is contingent upon the results of a criminal and driving background check.