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« on: October 01, 2009, 02:34:38 PM »

Looking for an opportunity to see many National Parks in the southeastern  US and assist in preserving their precious natural and cultural resources?  The Student Conservation Association, in partnership with the National  Park Service (NPS), is assisting in a nationwide effort to eradicate  invasive, exotic plants from NPS lands. After habitat loss, invasive, exotic species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. The  NPS Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team (SE-EPMT) is looking for  interns to be on a traveling team to manage invasive, exotic plants in 18  NPS units. These parks are located in the Piedmont, Appalachian Highlands and the Cumberland Plateau provinces in seven southeastern states (KY, TN, VA, NC, AL, NC, and SC). Park sites include Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (KY/TN/VA), Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (TN/KY), Obed Wild and Scenic River (TN), Blue Ridge Parkway (NC/VA) and Mammoth Cave National Park (KY). We are based in Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park. The Asheville area has a thriving arts community, a vibrant and inviting downtown, diverse outdoor adventures, and many historic and architectural attractions. Assistance with housing is possible.The SE-EPMT typically works two types of schedule: either four 10 hour days with three days off or eight 10 hour days with six days off. Four day weeks are usually Monday thru Thursday and eight day weeks are Monday thru Monday.

Position Duties:  Implement and document invasive plant management control  methods including manual, mechanical and chemical techniques using  chainsaws, pole saws, brushcutters, hand tools, manual and gas powered  sprayers and GPS. The goal is to help protect National Park Service sites  from these exotic fauna, including Japanese Honeysuckle, Japanese Spirea,
 Coltsfoot, Privet, and Kudzu.

Training Opportunities Include:  Safe and effective use of chainsaws and  other power tools; safe and effective use of herbicides; use of personal  protective equipment; safety-first aid and CPR; ATV training and  operation; defensive driving; Red Card (wildland fire  fighter)certification; use of GPS/GIS and various database and computer  programs.

Minimum Requirements:  Applicant must be 25 years or under, have a valid drivers license, have reliable transportation to office site in Asheville, NC, be capable of navigating rough terrain carrying heavy loads (40lbs+) under potential extreme weather conditions.

Projected Start Date: October 19, 2009

For more information please contact::

Nancy Fraley
National Park Service
Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team
67 Ranger Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
828-296-0850 x100


Toby Obenauer
Team Leader
Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team
67 Ranger Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
828-296-0850 x101

Rich Reaves
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