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Internship Details

Discover Your Forest

Website:

http://www.discoveryourforest.org

Internship Title

Native Plant Gardener, Groundskeeper, and Grounds Crew Coordinator
Area Industry Minimum Age
Regional Service 16
Hourly Rate Interns Needed
$0.00 1
Resume Required Requires Cover Letter Interview Required
Yes Yes Yes
Application Deadline Start Date End Date
Until Filled 2019-03-11 2019-09-30
Hours/Week General Computer Knowledge Drug Screening
Total Hours for effort: 640 hours Yes Yes
Background Check Lift Requirements
Yes Outdoors work - moderate physical and lifting - occassionally lifting 50+ lbs.

Description
The Deschutes NF Native Plant Gardener will work on helping the Deschutes National Forest connect people with nature through the use of the pollinator living lab - grassland. We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve those on our national forests and grasslands from every background. Discover Your Forest values diversity and inclusion. By welcoming differences and providing professional enrichment opportunities we are better able to serve those around us. The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship program is as follows: • Age requirement: 16-30 years (Note the minimum age specifically requested for an internship may be higher than 21CSC minimum age) • Internship duration: 640 hours and then intern will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority. o Noncompetitive hiring status means the ability to apply and be considered for vacancies within the Forest Service without competitive examination or competing with career or career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures for any position which eligible. Candidates applying under this authority are considered with other non-competitive candidates. • Provide conservation education and exposure to natural resources through mentorship and job shadow opportunities and educational experiences to high school and college students as well as recent graduates in either natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, or engineering. • All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area. Native Plant Gardner Duties: • Weeding and pruning You will spend a minimum of 3 days/week, 2-3 hours each morning, on grounds maintenance; most of which will be weeding and pruning, with some needle raking and cone removal, as well as trash pick-up if necessary. • Lead for youth crews and volunteers You will be responsible for meeting and directing youth crews and volunteers. We have a youth crew that comes once a week. They need a project for each visit and a short talk on the ecological importance of the task. The volunteers will have work days, which will be scheduled ahead of time. • Assist in developing garden design You will spend time researching and designing a plan for the front meadow. This will entail coordination with the district and forest botanists, the forest wildlife biologist, the Discover Your Forest education team, and selected volunteers. You will become an expert in pollinator habitat and apply what you learn in the garden. • Implement garden design You will work with youth crews, volunteers, and local schools to put the garden design on the ground. This will include training in native plant seed collection, how to map collection areas, seed collection techniques, and field days collecting seed. • Develop outreach and educational materials for pollinators and native plants You will research and develop outreach and educational materials, working with the forest botanist, forest wildlife biologist, Discover Your Forest education team, and volunteers. • Public Outreach You will outreach to local schools using the educational materials you develop with assistance from the forest botanist, forest wildlife biologist, Discover Your Forest education team, and volunteers. Qualified candidate will have • Coursework/training and/or experience in designing interpretive and volunteer programs • Coursework/training and/or experience in current trends and practices in conservation, land management and nature resource preservation • Experience working independently and meet deadlines • Strong organizational skills • Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting. Minimum Qualifications • HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2017, 2018, or 2019) of Biology, Botany, Environmental Education, or other Natural Resources concentration. • This position requires a valid driver's license. • A strong desire to learn about native plants, pollinators and the US Forest Service. • Effective communication via written, spoken, and graphical means.
Educational Aspect
• The internship will allow the student to put into practice his/her academic knowledge. • Enhance employment opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service. • Gain a broad perspective of Environmental Education, Native Plant Gardening, Program Coordination, and more through exposure to a variety of duties. • Discover strengths and weaknesses. • Opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals: formal and non-formal educators, scientists, U.S. Forest Service specialists as well as other natural resource agencies. • Gain valuable hands-on experience coordinating education programs, grounds crews, teaching and working with students and volunteers in an outdoor classroom setting. • Acquire a realistic career orientation.
Further Requirements
Minimum Qualifications• HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2017, 2018, or 2019) of Biology, Botany, Environmental Education, or other Natural Resources concentration. • This position requires a valid driver

Area Coordinators - Please contact the Coordinator in your area

Bend Internship Coordinator
Chris Haeg
chrish@bendchamber.org
541-323-8827
LaPine - School to Careers Program Manager
Bridgit Montgomery
bridgit.montgomery@bend.k12.or.us
541-355-8504
Prineville Internship Coordinator
Jason Carr
jason@prinevillechamber.com
(541) 233-9692
Redmond Internship Coordinator
Larry Holeman
larry@edcoinfo.com
541-815-5005
Sisters Internship Coordinator
Larry Holeman
larry@edcoinfo.com
541-815-5005

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