Invasive Plant Management Specialist
The AmeriCorps Invasive Plant Management Specialists placed with the National Park Service is be based at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway headquarters in St. Croix Falls, WI., located approximately 1-hour northeast of the Minneapolis, St. Paul metro area. The riverway encompasses 92,746 acres in its authorized boundary and 230 miles of mostly free flowing river. It includes 130.5 miles of the St. Croix River, much of which forms the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, and all 99.5 miles of its largest tributary, the Namekagon River in northwest Wisconsin. The park has diverse flora and fauna derived from a mixing of three major plant communities: prairie, northern hardwoods and boreal forest, primarily in a riverine setting. Primary duties will support high park priority invasive plant management and vegetation restoration practices in the Great Lakes Invasive Plant Management Team Network of National Parks. Specialists will assist with manual and chemical plant control, native plant seeding/planting, equipment maintenance, data collection, data QAQC, report writing, identification of native and nonnative plants, outreach and education, and management planning. Specialists must be able to safely operate power and hand tools, chainsaws, small equipment, and trucks pulling trailers. The Specialist is directly supervised by Conservation Corps Assistant Program Manager and the National Park Service Great Lakes Invasive Plant Management Team Liaison. The Specialist serves in a single placement setting but will work closely with members of the National Park Service Great Lakes Invasive Plant Management Team field crew and other National Park Service staff at the 12 National Park Units. Member completes service projects with direction provided by partnering agencies and representatives of those agencies.