Job Overview

Summary

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Work for America at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve restoring native grass to areas; you will identify native prairie plants, and perform non-native plant management. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located in the Flint Hills of Chase County, just north of Strong City, Kansas. Chase County is rural and lightly populated. Major groceries, medical and dental services are located in Emporia, Kansas (20 miles distant). Climate is considered moderate, with average precipitation of over 30 inches. Rentals and houses for sale are plentiful in Emporia but  limited in Chase County.   
Click: "PRINT PREVIEW" To view full announcement.  Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) is:  901200.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  These positions are seasonal temporary positions, with part-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1039 hours in a service year and 64 hours per pay period. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.
Aniticipated Entrance on Duty date is: Mid-July 2013.

Duties

You will be working individually and with others to coordinate prairie restoration activities on disturbed land. Activities include collecting seed, managing non-native plants, preparing the sites for planting, planting seed, maintaining a seed harvest database, and completing an annual report on prairie restoration activities. Seed collection activities involve identifying native tallgrass prairie plant species, identifying the appropriate time to harvest seed, and hand work collecting, sorting, drying, and planting seed. Non-native plant management includes following NPS guidelines for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM work will be coordinated with other park staff and the Exotic Plant Management Team. IPM procedures include documenting non-native plant species and locations, identifying best treatment methods based on species and location, and documenting chemical and mechanical plant treaments using GPS, GIS, and database equipment. Additional prairie restoration work involves the use of a variety of equipment including chainsaws, spray equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), UTVs and 4x4 vehicles. You will also be working with others to observe natural resource conditions, collect, record and analyze data, prepare reports, and identify common wildlife and vegetation. You will provide prairie restoration information to park interpretive staff and assist with natural resource citizen science field events.
WORK CONDITIONS:  Work is performed in the field and indoors.  Field work includes exposure to extreme and sometimes harsh weather conditions - temperatures can be up to 120 degrees, and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects and wild animals.  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required. Heavy items 50 pounds or more must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.