This is a summer internship position responsible for restoration field work on Engineering ponds and greenways as well as landscaping work on City medians. This work is performed under the general supervision of the Greenway Vegetation Coordinator. The Greenway Restoration Ecology intern will help with the installation of desirable vegetation, the control of invasive species, the inventory of plant and animal species and other work related to ecological health of the City’s stormwater management system and median planting program. Approximately 70% of the internship is to be spent on greenway and pond work and 30% of the internship is to be spent on the median planting program. An image without description
Hours: This position will average 40 hours per week for the course of 13 weeks starting Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 9.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE CLOSING DATE. HOWEVER THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BEGIN PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE BASED UPON THE NEEDS OF THE ENGINEERING DIVISION.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
- Remove invasive plants by manual, mechanical or chemical means including digging, hand pulling, power brush cutting, foliar spraying, cut-stump treatments and others.
- Identify and inventory common plant and animal species, especially highly problematic invasive species.
- Plant and care for desirable plants including plugs, seedlings or seeds.
- Collect native seeds for use on greenways and ponds under the guidance of the Greenway Vegetation Coordinator.
- Make informed decisions about restoration approaches on ponds and greenways under the guidance of the Greenway Vegetation Coordinator.
- Survey medians for invasive species, safety/vision hazards, aesthetics and plant health. Remove undesirable vegetation as necessary.
- Work with and provide guidance to Operation Fresh Start (OFS) youth crew members under supervision of the OFS crew leader and/or Greenway Vegetation Coordinator.
- Provide guidance to volunteers in the field.
- Field and/or direct inquiries about restoration work from residents in the field.
- Other Duties as assigned
Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate Degree program in Restoration Ecology, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Wildlife Ecology, Horticulture, Environmental Studies, Biology, or other related field
Three (3) or more months experience working in the field in a restoration ecology position including working with native plants, invasive plants and using a variety of restoration techniques
Possession of the Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License-6.0 Right-of-Way and Natural Areas.
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Possession of a Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s License in Right-of-Way/Natural areas no later than May 13, 2019.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently and walk on uneven terrain.
Must be able to perform sustained physical activity under a variety of conditions including heat, humidity, sun, rain, etc.
Must be able to withstand working around a variety of plants for sustained periods of time.
* The payroll title for this position is Conservation Ranger 2.\