Environmental Steward Summer Job: Giant Salvinia Bio-control
Job Field:Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Job Type:Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
The Summer 2012 Environmental Steward at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Barataria Preserve will engage an invasive species management project. The Steward’s comprehensive goal is to develop our Giant Salvinia bio-control effort into a vibrant integrative program addressing Park resource management and interpretive needs and involving Park volunteers. Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta), a floating aquatic fern native to the Amazon Basin, invaded the Preserve in 2006 and its populations now cover most Preserve waterways for much of the year. It exhibits classic invasive species attributes and its environmental impacts cascade from shifts in key abiotic conditions to community and ecosystem properties. It is a severe nuisance to boaters and fishers. Key elements of the Steward’s summer work include sustaining the introduction and distribution of the weevil bio-control agent in selected waterways, developing and implementing a monitoring protocol assessing Giant Salvinia coverage and weevil populations in these waterways, coordinating Park volunteer effort on this project, producing weekly reports on waterway accessibility for Park staff and the public, and developing interpretive guides and/or programs communicating the need for, aims of, and status of this Park project.
The majority of the Steward’s work will take place in the field at the Barataria Preserve. Planning, data management and interpretive program development will take place in office settings. The environment at the Preserve is hot, very humid and buggy during the Stewardship period. The Steward will work in coastal wetland areas – on boats and on foot – with potential for exposure to dangerous wildlife and thunderstorms. Term of service may begin as early as May 21st or as late as June 11th, and the Steward will work for a total of 10 weeks, excluding holidays.
Compensation provided is a living stipend and an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. The Park does not provide housing.
How to Apply:
Read the attached “Environmental Stewards Summer Program Job Description” to make sure you are eligible. Complete the Americorps Environmental Stewards Summer Program Member application form and submit it and your résumé electronically to the Program Administrative Assistant. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning April 30th.
04/30/2012 (All day)
Last updated April 23, 2012