• Botany • Other • Science • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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This position functions within the Resource Management Program, at Ninety Six National Historic Site. These areas include areas of historic preservation, primary trail routes, and heavily forested off-trail areas. The volunteer is responsible for carrying out the implementation plans for vegetation management and monitoring projects as described in the park’s Foundation Document. The work involves vegetation inventory and mapping, seed collection, invasive plant species removal, and public education through visitor interactions. The volunteer will provide the work necessary to support vegetation management programs within the park.
Volunteer must be able to work independently, or with other volunteers, biologists, scientists, and technicians in the implementation of vegetation management projects within the park.
Identifying, recording, and mapping both native and exotic plant populations within park boundaries.
Mechanical removal of exotic plant species with or without hand tools.
Restoring disturbed sites through collecting and spreading seed and collecting and spreading mulch with hand tools.
Interpreting and communicating vegetation issues of concern or interest to park staff and visitors.
In addition to the above duties, work may also include:
Restoring disturbed sites by preparing the site, seeding, planting, installing erosion control efforts, and watering.
Propagating native plants from seed or cutting.
The volunteer must have a strong awareness of forest and riparian environments, rough terrain, and extreme climate conditions. Volunteers must be able to perform manual labor for up to 7 hours per day in an outdoor environment where inclement weather is possible. Work requires lifting and carrying moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds), bending, hiking, sawing, and stooping for long periods. Work may be performed in a natural, remote park environment or in the developed areas of the park. The volunteer may be exposed to irritants such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, mosquitos, ticks, and other biting bugs.
Knowledge and Skills Required
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each project may vary, but the basic requirements are:
Professional knowledge of general biology, botany, ecology, wildlife biology, or a related field.
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision and as part of a team for extended periods of time.
Ability to use hand tools safely and to perform hard, physical labor for up to 7 hours each day.
Ability to maintain a positive attitude in a group setting for extended periods of time.
Ability to use or learn how to use digital cameras.
Skills or ability to learn to read a topographic map and use a compass.
Knowledge and Skills Sought for Certain Positions
Intermediate to advanced botanical and taxonomic skills including the ability to identify flora in Ninety Six National Historic Site
Experience in the management of invasive plant species (*current herbicide certification or willingness to attain certification is a bonus).
*Note: Current herbicide certification is necessary to handle any herbicide. Volunteers without certification may assist with preparing plants for application (cutting/sawing), but may not apply or handle herbicide.
Moderate to high physical effort is required. Some duties require sitting, standing, kneeling, or walking for extended periods of time. Some duties may also require strenuous physical activity such as lifting and carrying heavy items over rugged, precipitous, and sometimes unstable terrain.
All work is conducted in Ninety Six NHS . Volunteers will provide their own transportation to the park. Depending on the time of year, the volunteer may be exposed to extreme heat and humidity, or cold temperatures, rain, or snow. There is potential for excessive exposure to the sun, so the VIP must take precautions. There is potential for becoming dehydrated or overheated, so the VIP should carry plenty of water and drink regularly while working outdoors at the park. Please use common sense, take every precaution, and keep yourself safe. If in doubt, please check with park staff
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve America’s natural, cultural, and historical legacies. This makes it a unique and respected federal agency. Aside from the reward of a positive affiliation with the agency, the returns from volunteering at Ninety Six National Historic Site depend on the goals of the volunteer. Gaining work experience here can result in a solid reference for one’s resume and invaluable work experience.
The direct supervisor is the Biological Technician. They are responsible for assigning duties, and supervising volunteers in this duty.