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Position Title: Angeles OHV Barrier Corps Team Member (PO-00731458)
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) will place a five-person Corps Team on the Angeles National Forest to undertake an OHV (off-highway vehicle) Barrier Installation and Resource Damage Reduction Project.
The Copper Fire of 2002 destroyed vegetation that was previously blocking unwanted vehicle access to areas of the landscape. The resulting damage has allowed access to the landscape previously inaccessible to OHV traffic. The continued use of OHVs operating off-trail is creating unauthorized user-created routes that are hindering habitat recovery efforts due to the continued disturbance to the landscape. The resulting damage to the environment and the native species is also providing conditions and pathways favorable to invasive plant encroachment.
To remedy the situation, the SCA Team will construct and install 100 “no-dig” barriers at designated sites within the Drinkwater Flat OHV area to better manage OHV use and to allow landscape restoration to proceed unencumbered.
This project will occur within the Drinkwater Flat OHV Area in the Angeles National Forest. Work will take place over the course of six weeks (including time needed to purchase, transport, and stage all the barrier materials). The team will be comprised of one Project Leader and four Team Members.
The scope of this project will be to build and install a series of “no-dig” barriers, to be constructed according to USFS specifications. The no-dig barrier is a guardrail type barrier that is prefabricated, set into place, and then secured to the ground with rebar. It is made of 6 x 6 wood that is mounted on top of two one-foot pieces of 8×8 wood and serves to discourage the passage of vehicles into unauthorized areas without creating a tall barrier.
Barriers will provide for better-managed OHV recreation and create on-the-ground conditions that promote landscape restoration. Barrier installation will be assisted by a Forest Service employee on-site. SCA would be responsible for all supplies, equipment, and necessary trainings/certifications. SCA will work with Forest Service staff to determine Specific project locations. Approximately four weeks of on-the-ground work is anticipated to address these needs, with an additional two weeks of preparation work.
In addition to the no-dig barriers, some trail brushing and repair of T-bar fences that serve to block other incursion areas may be undertaken by the SCA Crew
This is a paid opportunity, which also includes an all paid Travel Allowance, (3) meals provided a day (when you are working) and Remote Based Camping and periodic hotel stays, which are all covered by The SCA!
Handy with tools, specifically chainsaws, Ability to lift 20lbs, Knowledge of hiking in National Forest/Parks, Camping and Enjoys being outdoors for long periods of time.
Ideal but not a deal breaker:
Preference in some trail brushing & repair of fences (to block other incursion areas).
For highly interested candidates, please send your resume directly to me email address.
We are currently accepting applications and conducting interviews. Applications received on or before December 1, 2021 will be considered as a high priority!
In your email, please answer the following (3) questions below
- Why do you want to serve?
- What do you hope to gain?
- What makes you a strong candidate?
We truly look forward in hearing from you!
To learn more about The Student Conservation Association and our Young Adult Programs (18 years+), please visit our website at:
Student Conservation Association
1310 North Courthouse Road, Suite 110
Arlington, VA 22201
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