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FLCC Project A.N.T. AmeriCorps Member - Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Date: Feb 20, 2020

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Requisition No: 122009 

Agency: Environmental Protection

Working Title: FLCC Project A.N.T. AmeriCorps Member - Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Position Number: 37971013 

Salary:  Monthly Living Stipend: $1,300.00 

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2020 

Overview

The Florida Conservation Corps (FLCC) AmeriCorps program is a 23-year-old program administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Park Service with members serving at state parks throughout Florida.

Members serving under FLCC Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Nonnative plant Terminators) serve as pairs in approximately 25 state parks, focused on habitat restoration through the management of invasive exotic plants. Members help to reduce invasive exotic plant infestations through various land management techniques but also educate park visitors and surrounding communities through outreach and interpretation, as well as recruit volunteers to support their exotic plant management endeavors. FLCC AmeriCorps members for this position will report daily to onsite park management, and submit service data to FLCC staff based in Gainesville, FL

Members are required to serve 1700 hours between February 2019 – December 31, 2019. This equates to approximately 35 – 40 hours per week. FLCC AmeriCorps members are not employees, but rather are engaged in an eleven-month term of National Service. To find out more about AmeriCorps, National Service, and the program you can visit:

https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/what-americorps

https://www.floridastateparks.org/FLCC

Program Mission

The mission of the Florida Conservation Corps is to develop natural and cultural resource leaders by connecting them to areas of critical need in conservation, preservation, interpretation and resource based recreation.

Requirements

  • Must be able to complete an FBI/FDLE background check (free of charge) before the start date
  • Must be able to attend in-person orientation Monday 3/23/20 – Friday 3/27/20
  • Must commit to full 1,700 hours of service over 11 months
  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Must have obtained at least a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to tolerate extreme and adverse conditions of Florida
  • Understand that this is not employment, but national service through an AmeriCorps program
  • Positive attitude

Training Available

  • Interpretation
  • Leadership
  • Disaster Response
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Effective Communication
  • Resume/Cover letter workshop
  • Other training dependent on location and availability

Monetary Benefits

  • Loan deferment
  • $6,195.00 Education award after the completion of service
  • Monthly Living Stipend: $1,300.00
  • Free insurance (deductibles still required)
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Free access to all 175 state parks

What you can expect from your service

  • Natural Resource Skills
    • Plant identification
    • Chainsaw training and use
    • Training and use of large equipment
    • Tool maintenance (chainsaws, trail tools, herbicide application tools, hatchets, machetes, hand saw, vehicles, ATV, UTV)
    • Safe use of herbicide application
    • Participate in prescribed fire
    • Create/maintain/improve public trails
  • Professional development
    • Introduction to federal and state policy and guidelines
    • Experience entering data and retrieving reports for progress tracking
    • Organize and/or participate in strike teams and service projects
    • Network and build relationships with natural resource professionals
  • Community Outreach
    • Flyer and graphic design and development
    • Opportunity to recruit volunteers and lead volunteer projects
    • Table at community events
    • Interact and educate park visitors
    • Participate in disaster response recovery efforts

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami