Summary American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service’s John Muir National Historic Site, is seeking two members to contribute to landscape stewardship projects alongside John Muir National Historic Site Staff.
The Traditional Trades Advancement Program-Landscape Stewardship Corps is intended for enthusiastic individuals who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of landscape preservation or horticulture. No background or previous experience in horticulture or historic preservation is necessary.
For more information about the National Park Service’s Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) – Landscape Stewardship Corps please visit: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1098/landscape-stewardship-corps.htm
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: June 3, 2024
Estimated End Date: November 29, 2024
*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: About twenty miles east of San Francisco, in Martinez, California the beautiful John Muir National Historic Site celebrates the home and legacy of the “father of the National Park Service.” The interns may also work at nearby Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and Rosie the Riveter/WW2 Home Front National Monument. The town of Martinez where John Muir NHS is located is a quaint and historic small city known as the birthplace of Joe DiMaggio and the martini cocktail. For more information about John Muir National Historic Site please visit: https://www.nps.gov/jomu/index.htm
Position Overview: The ACE members will start their season reading and learning to review cultural landscape reports to understand treatment and preservation horticulture as it relates to the work in the field. Specific landscaping and preservation maintenance tasks will include pruning of fruit trees, fertilization and irrigation, irrigation management and repair, pest control of gophers and deer in the landscape. Additionally, the ACE members will learn structural Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to exclude pests from historic structures. Other landscaping tasks will be completed such as mowing, weeding, mulching, and pruning of a variety of historic and non-historic plant material such as vines, shrubs, and native plants. The ACE members will be included in as many facility, grounds, and non-facility projects as possible, such as joining natural resource staff and interns in the course of their work, to illustrate the differences and intersections between natural and cultural resource management. This may include trail work, invasive plant management, bird and snake monitoring.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7:00a – 3:30p.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute about 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $720/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or the NPS. The intern will receive a $125 weekly housing allowance.
Professional Development Stipend: The ACE Member will receive $1,000 of professional development funds that can be used for approved purposes.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific training will include OSHA-10 Certification and a Landscape Stewardship Fundamentals course.
Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky and hilly terrain, biting insects, poison oak, and potentially dangerous wildlife such as rattlesnakes and ticks. 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 NPS. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the NPS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the NPS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to NPS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.
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/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact Member Coordinator, HPTC Programs, Kyle Ellison, at email@example.com.
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.