Range Technician

Site Location: National Forests in Texas (Decatur, TX)
Position Description:
This 24-week program is a rigorous work and learning experience that provides exposure to the Forest Service, development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on generations to come. Participants will gain experience in land management, rangeland conservation and vegetation management planning processes, and decision alternative development. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in rangeland/vegetation area analysis to determine ecosystem health, diversity, trend, successional stage, site potential, desired plant community grazing capacity of the vegetation and any special problems connected with the specific land area involved. 
  • Receive training in gathering, evaluating and processing data in preparing environmental analysis reports and/or environmental impact statements.  As a member of interdisciplinary teams, evaluate projects for compliance with the forest plan and other range and vegetation management standards.
  • Execute an integrated weed management program that includes manual, mechanical and chemical management of invasive species. Other duties include plant identification, habitat assessment, database management, and other miscellaneous duties.
  • Collect and analyze rangeland and vegetation resource data.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of various rangeland activities on other resource management activities and uses. 
  • Assist by developing unit rangeland area livestock management plans/strategies which help coordinate livestock and other grazing uses with other resource management and land use activities. 
  • Recommend grazing strategy, livestock management practices and grazing capacity, for non-Forest lands under Forest Service administration, which will help achieve land management, economic and social goals and objectives for the land area involved.  
  • Make livestock checks or counts to determine that only authorized animals are being grazed on National Forest System lands or other lands under Forest Service control.  
  • Establishe and complete the unit rangeland/vegetation management program progress schedule.   
  • Direct programs for control of noxious plants.
  • Make contacts with local rangeland users, explaining the Forest rangeland program and Land Resource Management Plan, answering questions, and coordinating with rangeland users to help solve rangeland problems.

Participants will gain:

  • A two-year hiring authority allowing interns to apply to internal Forest Service positions.
  • Mentorship from a master performer throughout the program in an apprentice-style setting that trains them specifically for a pre-identified permanent position in the Southern Region.
  • An invitation to a Southern Region job fair to apply for full-time positions.  The timing of the job fair will coincide with the ending of the internship

Participants should:

  • Have an interest in natural resources, public service and connecting people to their public lands.
  • Be willing to move to locations in the Southeast.  For this internship, a permanent position for which the intern is highly encouraged to apply is located in Decatur, TX.
  • Be interested in working in and fostering an inclusive work environment.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2017
Start Date: July 10, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Stipend: $12/hr

Questions? Email Eboni Preston at epreston@gyfoundation.org.
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, www.gyfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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