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Project A.N.T. Member

Florida Conservation Corps
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FLCC Project A.N.T. members are stationed within one of the 26 host parks in the state with a partner to work their service term. These members will work side by side to treat and remove invasive exotic plant species and educate the public on the impact of these plants on the natural habitat. Members will use different methods of treatment such as herbicide (all members receive training), hand removal, and prescribed fire.

Service Activities

Treatment, Removal Survey
- treatment of invasive exotics using different methods such as herbicide, hand removal, and prescribed fire
- surveying different zones within members host park, flagging invasive exotics

Education of Park Visitors and Local Community
- education of visitors and local community on the benefits of invasive exotic removal
- offering native alternatives to invasive exotic plants

Volunteer Recruitment and Management
- recruiting volunteers to participate in workdays and park events
- managing volunteers while in the field treating invasive exotics

Community Need Addressed

A.N.T. members will serve to treat and remove invasive exotic plant species within our state parks.

Position Outcomes

To control the spread of invasive exotic plants, restore natural habitats within our parks, and educate the public on the negative impact of these plants.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Some parks offer housing to their members Free access to all 175 Florida State Parks

Education Benefits

Credential or Certification

CPR/ First Aid Dependent on Park: - Prescribed Fire - Boaters Safety - Scuba Certification - Chainsaw Certification - ATV/UTV training

Skills you will gain

Identifying and treating invasive exotic plants and educating the community on the benefits/impacts of plants and their native substitutions.

Competencies You Will Develop

Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Decisions
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Environment
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting State Agency other than State Service Commission
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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