Land Conservation AmeriCorps Member – Jekyll Island Georgia

Jekyll Island Authority Conservation Department

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. More than 75,000 Americans across the country participate in AmeriCorps each year. All of them tackle different community needs in different ways to make our people safer, stronger, and healthier; to strengthen our communities; and to Get Things Done for America. For information, please visit https://americorps.gov.

Position Description and Essential Functions

This position requires a self-motivated, organized individual with a professional interest in building a career in land management and wildlife conservation. The member selected for this position will serve under the daily supervision of the JIA Land Manager. The typical service week will be predominantly field based but also includes necessary data entry and management, as well as some writing assignments, background literature review, and preparation of deliverables in an office setting. The selected member must be comfortable communicating with island residents, visitors, and local authorities. Professional conduct, integrity, and commitment to quality in carrying out all assigned duties are core expectations. The member will be encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities as they become available during the term of service such as local meetings and conferences.

 Land Conservation AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities

  • Land Management and Restoration: This position will primarily focus on plant identification, prescribed fire management, restoration planting and seed collections, data-entry and management, and the potential development of outreach materials. This member will be tasked with managing projects related to prescribed fire prep, execution, and post-burn monitoring. Involvement in prescribed fire activities will be based on the individual’s experience and qualifications. The member may also be engaged in developing protocols for establishing herbarium collections and preparing management plans for specific priority species and habitats.
  • Invasive Plant/Animal Control: This will include survey and control of priority invasive-plant and invasive-herp species on Jekyll Island. This portion of the position is focused heavily on the first 2-3 months of the service term.
  • Wildlife Monitoring: This position will have a portion of its duties related to technical, field-based support to assist in wildlife research on Jekyll Island. Service will also include aspects of wildlife management, habitat monitoring/management, and public outreach/education. Tasks include radio tracking and detectability surveys of rattlesnakes, wildlife population censuses (alligators, shorebirds, and white-tailed deer), shorebird monitoring, bobcat scat surveys, amphibian monitoring, and camera-based wildlife monitoring.
  • Member Project: In addition to regular responsibilities, the member will be assigned an independent project to be completed within the term of service. A written report detailing member project accomplishments and a presentation will be required deliverables before the end of the term of service.

Specifics

The service week will generally be 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday-Friday, but service outside of normal business hours may be assigned occasionally. Most service will be performed outdoors. The member will be trained as necessary in safe and effective wildlife management practices, including capture, handling, tracking, and population monitoring methods, as well as the operation of tools and chemical treatments used in the control of invasive plant species. The member will be responsible for documenting metrics of work performed (number of invasive plants treated, area treated, people engaged, etc.). Opportunities will be provided, as available, for collaboration and training elsewhere in coastal Georgia through a variety of external partnerships.

General Requirements

  • B.S. degree in Biology, Wildlife Management, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, or related fields.
    Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of work.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Positive attitude and a desire to learn.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team ethic, and cooperation for living and working in a group setting.
  • Excellent and honest communication with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • The ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • A flexible schedule that can include working long shifts, holidays, evenings, and weekends.
  • Strong public speaking skills for communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Tolerance of extreme heat, high humidity, precarious weather and tides, and biting insects.
  • Ability to carry up to 50 lbs. of gear.
  • Proficient computer skills (e.g., Excel, Access, Publisher).
  • Excellent writing skills.

AmeriCorps Program Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • 18+ years of age.
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien.
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license.
  • Consent to criminal history, background, and fingerprint checks to be cleared for service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Radio-tracking experience.
  • Training and professional experience with capture and handling of alligators and/or venomous snakes.
  • Prescribed Fire Red Card and burning experience.
  • Experience using a chainsaw.
  • Coastal plant identification, and/or ability to key out plants using a variety of dichotomous keys.
  • Previous experience working with wildlife and/or familiarity with the ecological communities of the coastal southeastern United States.

Salary and Benefits

Living allowance ($5,500 for a minimum of 900 hours of service over 6 months), island amenity passes, Jekyll Island parking pass, Segal education award ($3,172.50*) and student loan forbearance.

Housing

Optional and partially subsidized shared housing on Jekyll Island is available. If this option is selected, $200* per month rent surcharge (including utilities) will be automatically deducted from payroll, along with a $100* ($50* refundable) security deposit. Houses have limited-bandwidth internet and air-conditioning; they are also equipped with basic furniture and kitchen supplies. You must provide your own linens, towels, and food. Not provided but available: telephone and cable. Pets are not allowed.

This position is supported through the federally-funded AmeriCorps program and therefore is considered a term of service.

Duration of Program: September 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022 (1 position)

*Resume, Cover letter, and 3 References MUST be submitted with application, applications received without supporting documents will NOT be considered. The three References may be uploaded in “Other” or can be submitted as one package with Cover Letter.

To apply for this job please visit www.jekyllisland.com.