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Position

Invasive Species Strike Force -Terrestrial 1 Leader and 3 Crew Members

Trail Conference Conservation Corps
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Spend your summer outdoors protecting natural resources, gaining valuable experience in the field, and
making a difference in ecosystem-level conservation! If you are looking to prevent ecological damage
before it happens, join the Invasives Strike Force. Employing the most effective techniques to stop
invasive plants, Invasives Strike Force crew members spend nearly every work day outside in the
beautiful Lower Hudson Valley of New York State, working to contain and eliminate invasive plants from the extensive parks and wild areas just north of New York City. If you want to work with team of peers, network with regional leaders in conservation, protect the environment, build a solid base in field botany and invasive plant control, and maximize your environmental impact, a position with the Invasives Strike Force might be a good fit for you.

Service Activities

Trail Conference Conservation Corps (TCCC) program encompasses our seasonal crews focused on trail construction or invasive species control. Our Invasives Strike Force (ISF) crews are TCCC crews which survey areas for emerging invasive species and respond quickly to priority species with aggressive control tools. Our New York crew completes projects according to the priorities of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management. ISF Crew members work with a wide range of park partners at multiple sites throughout southern NY and will be supported by an existing
base of volunteers, the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager and the Director of Land Stewardship. The crew will perform both manual removal and chemical treatment of invasive plants and learn a wide range of invasive species management techniques. All crew members will become NY Pesticide
Apprentices. Plant identification and eradication training will be provided (some experience is preferred). This is primarily an outdoor position and will include periods of camping for multiple days at work sites. Crew members will manage data and write reports on weekly activities. Weekend work is required - days off
will be during the week.

Community Need Addressed

Land stewardship, invasive species management

Position Outcomes

Improve the safety of our public lands by combating the spread of Invasive species

Benefits

Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

 Free rustic, lakeside housing at a local park  Bi-weekly pre-tax living allowance not to exceed $13,199 total  Education award of $2,960 available upon successful completion of the program  Opportunity for qualified student loan deferment  Training in Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED and Leave No Trace Principles  Training as a NY Pesticide Apprentice and in environmentally-sensitive invasive species control techniques, or continuing education for licensed pesticide applicators or technicians  Training in Vehicle Operation, Watercraft Safety, and Operation of Power Tools  Opportunity to work in a variety of different parks and preserves throughout the region and network with many local park managers and environmental professionals.  Opportunity to serve local communities by making a difference in the environment and improving habitats in a tangible way.

Education Benefits

Credential or Certification

Skills you will gain

Wilderness Firs Aid, Cpr, AED, Resume writing, Interview Techniques, Project Management

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, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Environment
  • Length of Service 6 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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