Stewardship Outreach Intern

POSITION: Stewardship Outreach Intern (1 position to fill)

REPORTS TO: Land Steward

LOCATION: Seaside, OR

POSITION TYPE: Internship, 40 hours/week

COMPENSATION: $1,000/month stipend + shared housing provided

TERM: June 3 to August 30, 2019

CLOSES: March 10, 2019

POSITION SUMMARY:

The stewardship outreach intern will be working with a team of 2 other stewardship interns and with North Coast Land Conservancy’s land steward treating the invasive plants policeman’s helmet, yellow flag iris, and purple loosestrife throughout the Necanicum watershed and at sites along the Lower Columbia River, respectively. These projects will be accomplished in partnership with the Necanicum Watershed Council and the North Coast Watershed Association. Invasive plant treatment will occur on both private and public lands. All weed removal work will involve manual or mechanical treatment (i.e. non-chemical methods, including hand-pulling, hand tools, and weed whackers). Some sites require canoe access and interns will need to be comfortable working near water in tidal freshwater systems. The stewardship outreach intern will also be responsible for taking the lead on landowner outreach, promoting the project on social media, and organizing volunteer groups and events.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manually treat invasive populations of policeman’s helmet, purple loosestrife, and yellow flag iris
  • Operate power tools (weed whackers) and hand tools (shovels, claw mattocks, etc.)
  • Communicate diplomatically with private landowners regarding invasive species treatment
  • Work in sometimes remote sites along the Necanicum and lower Columbia Rivers
  • Organize volunteer work parties and youth groups in weed removal events
  • Take photos of project accomplishments and volunteer events to promote on social media
  • Post-project updates several times a week to NCLC’s Instagram
  • Maintain a positive attitude and collaborative work environment throughout the season
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. High School Diploma (Working towards a degree in natural resources/ecology preferred)
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  3. Botanical knowledge of local native plant species and invasive plant species
  4. Understanding of common treatment methods for invasive plant species
  5. Field skills for navigating, surveying, and treating invasive plants
  6. Experience working as part of a team
  7. Ability to work under physically demanding conditions, including cold and wet weather
  8. Ability to lift 50 lbs., operate hand tools, power tools, and other mechanical equipment
  9. Experience using and hauling canoes; comfortable around water and capable of swimming
  10. Practical problem-solving and organizational skills with attention to detail and record-keeping
  11. Must be able to work some non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends
  12. Valid Driver’s License

At North Coast Land Conservancy we believe that the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of the people who make up the North Coast community provides a rich cultural fabric informing our conservation work, ensuring our relevancy in an ever-changing world. We strive to listen and learn. Regardless of our livelihood, political leaning, gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity, we can all find common ground in the ground itself. We encourage people of all backgrounds and beliefs to apply.

To apply, send resume, cover letter & three references, attention Melissa Reich, to nclc@nclctrust.org by 5 pm on March 10th. Please, no phone calls.