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Huron Pines AmeriCorps Conservation Technician

The Huron Pines AmeriCorps program has been developing leaders in conservation in communities across Michigan since 2007. Members enhance Michigan’s natural resources and foster environmental stewardship by engaging local volunteers, community groups and schools in service projects, hands-on learning opportunities and educational workshops.

The Huron Pines AmeriCorps Conservation Technician will serve independently in the office to organize data and create maps for field inventories and will be an essential member of a 2-person team in remote field locations implementing on-the-ground inventories for conservation planning and future habitat restoration projects. These positions are heavily field-based, physically demanding and will require a flexible schedule with extensive travel (shared company vehicle provided). Overnight stays at rustic tent campsites in Northern Michigan will be required. Service may also include operating in isolated locations, including Lake Huron islands, in all weather conditions and adhering to a safety plan protocol. Due to the remote nature of service members should be prepared for walking over uneven terrain, wading in or paddling various streams and rivers, and working outdoors with the potential for inclement weather and biting insects.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required ● College degree required, preferred degree in hydrology, fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, natural resource management or related field ● Computer efficiency (typing, email, word processing, excel) ● Highly motivated and organized ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills ● Maintain a safe work environment, especially when working in remote field locations ● Ability to pass a background check* ● Have and maintain a valid driver’s license ● U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien ● Commitment to conserving the forests, lakes and streams of Northeast Michigan Preferred ● Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) ● Experience with accurately collecting data in the field and maintaining organized records ● Familiarity with Michigan native plant species and common invasive species ● Experience with the operation of small motorized boats on inland lakes and rivers, trailering boats (launching and loading at boat ramps), kayaking and tent camping.

On occasion, service will be required at off-site locations. Use of a personal vehicle may be required to perform duties (mileage will be reimbursed). This is a 40-hour-per-week position and runs from January 10 - November 15, 2024. Benefits include a $17,600 living stipend, a $6,895 education award and student loan deferment.

Applications are being accepted through December 8th.