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Natural Resources Botany Stewards - Northwest Youth Corps – AmeriCorps 675 hour US Army Corps of Engineers

Position Summary: April to August 2018 - The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently recruiting for two positions that will support botany, natural resources, and wildlife habitat management and restoration at USACE Lands in the Willamette Valley Region of Oregon. As a botany steward you would assist with management of natural resources at the 13 reservoirs.

Duties and Responsibilities: As a land management agency, USACE has an environmental stewardship mission. In the Willamette Valley, this includes managing some of the last, best patches of wetland and upland prairie, including designated critical habitat for the Fender’s blue butterfly, Kincaid’s lupine, and Willamette daisy. While working closely with USACE staff, you will assist in the following with monitoring endangered plant species, making plant species lists, surveying for sensitive plant species, and surveying for aquatic plant species. Additional duties will include invasive plant removal (including manual treatments), assisting with nursery and greenhouse operations, collecting and processing seed, assisting with wildlife surveys, entering data, and processing plant collections. Fender's blue Butterfly Habitat monitoring (Lupine and nectar species) - 30% Plant Community Monitoring - 15% Seed Collection and plant propagation - 10% Willamette Daisy Monitoring - 10% Bradshaw's lomatium monitoring - 10% Rare plant surveys - 5% Data Entry - 10% Wildlife monitoring - 5% Other duties as assigned - 5%

Required Qualifications:  Ability to work outdoors in remote settings and inclement weather and an interest in botany and conservation  Willingness to work independently or as part of a team in an outdoor setting  Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs (day pack/bags of soil/trays of plants)  Ability to navigate by maps, aerial photos, compass  Effective written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and a positive attitude  Knowledge of Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Word and ability to bring computer for office work  Willingness to ride in and work from a boat  Current Driver’s license

Desired Qualifications:  Knowledge of Northwest natural resources and plants and coursework in biology or botany  Previous experience using GPS units

Duty location: You will report daily to the USACE office at Fern Ridge Lake, west of Eugene, OR. Public transportation opportunities are limited, and you must arrange your own transportation to and from the office. Field sites may include any of the thirteen reservoirs that make up the Willamette Valley Project, and this position may require use of own vehicle (miles reimbursable) during duty hours.

Terms of Employment: Two AmeriCorps members will serve a term of service starting early April, 2018. Time commitment is full time with a minimum of 675 hours from April through August, 2017. We encourage students to apply, and may accommodate spring term class schedules through June 15th on a case by case basis provided you can work at least two full days per week (MF) and at least 20 hours/week; however, we may give preference to applicants who can work full time by May.

Program Benefits: A $7,174.00 living allowance will be dispersed on a monthly basis followed by a $2,215.00 education award upon completion of the 675 hours of service and/or position requirements. The living allowance and education award are taxable. Members are responsible for providing their own housing and food. Service eligibility is contingent upon the results of a criminal and driving background check.

To Apply: Please visit http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/OurPrograms/ConservationInterns and click on “Apply Now” next to the Army Corps of Engineers position. If you have questions about the position, please contact Rhiannon Cochrane (USACE) at 541-688-8147 or Rhiannon.C.Cochrane@usace.army.mil We plan to begin reviewing applications on February 20, 2018. The announcement will remain open until the position is filled.