NW Youth Corps/AmeriCorps intern positions available at Bonneville Lock and Dam

Bradford Island Visitor Center, Bonneville Lock and Dam (Corps of Engineers photo)

Bradford Island Visitor Center, Bonneville Lock and Dam (Corps of Engineers photo)

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Lock and Dam rangers are partnering with Northwest Youth Corps – AmeriCorps on the recruitment of college students or recent graduates for three 450 hour positions.

Those interested should visit http://www.nwyouthcorps.org/m/OurPrograms/AmeriCorps and click on “Apply Now” next to the Army Corps of Engineers position.

Below are details about the position. If you have questions, contact Skip Fowler – Bonneville Lock and Dam Project at 541-374-4557 or william.b.fowler@usace.army.mil If you have AmeriCorps related questions, contact Jay Runte at  jayr@nwyouthcorps.org or 541-743-8590.


 

NWP red logo goodNorthwest Youth Corps – AmeriCorps Recruitment
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Lock and Dam
Cascade Locks, Oregon 97031 541-374-4557

Position summary: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recruiting three summer interns to provide natural resource management assistance at Bonneville Lock and Dam Project in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. The Corps manages three visitor centers, Fort Cascades National Historic Site Trail, five day use areas, two wildlife management units. The area is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It is famous for its variety of outdoor recreation ranging from fishing, boating, biking, windsurfing, kite boarding, paddle boarding and hiking.

u740161175-o387385538-111Duties will include working in a natural resource program. The intern will assist natural resource specialist and ranger staff with tasks such as trail monitoring and the management of plant and wildlife habitats.

Duties and responsibilities: Major duties include assisting personnel in natural resource management and related activities at the Bonneville Lock and Dam Project. The intern will assist in the following: 15% of the intern’s time will support office operation of the natural resource section performing data analysis, field preparations and interacting with the public; 40% of the intern’s time is dedicated to natural resource maintenance and conservation projects, which will consist of invasive species removal and control on up to 300 acres, 20% trails monitoring and vegetation management along 5 miles of trail, 15% wildlife survey, and 10% native plant establishment in support of the national pollinator initiatives.

Required qualifications:

  • Ability to work outdoors, walk, hike, and assist the public in remote settings and inclement weather on uneven ground
  • Willingness to work independently in an outdoor setting
  • Ability to give direction and talk to the public
  • A positive attitude
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Willingness to submit to a government background survey
  • Current driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to safely use hand tools and power tools such as mowers and trimmers

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Northwest natural resources and plants.
  • Ability to be very flexible
  • Previous experience using GPS and GIS units, as well as ArcMap

Duty location: Intern will report daily to Army Corps office at Bonneville Lock and Dam Interstate 84, exit 40, Auditorium Building, Ranger Office. Incumbent must arrange their own transportation to and from the office.

Terms of employment: Three AmeriCorps members will complete a term of service (length dependent on commitment of hours), starting no later than Mid-June 2016. Starting date is negotiable to accommodate student schedules. Time commitment is a minimum of 450 hours by the end of September 2016. Our focus is on the months of June, July and August due to growth season of vegetation and recreating public.

Program benefits: $3203.66 living allowance dispersed on a monthly basis, a $1,476.56 education award upon completion of the 450 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/AmeriCorps and click on “Apply Now” next to the Army Corps of Engineers position. If you have questions about the position, please contact Skip Fowler – Bonneville Lock and Dam Project at 541-374-4557 or william.b.fowler@usace.army.mil If you have AmeriCorps related questions, contact Jay Runte 541-743-8590 jayr@nwyouthcorps.org