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MEO Environmental Program
 
 
 
Hawaii’s diverse ecosystems are home to thousands of rare plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. However, they need our help. Hawaii’s native species are facing threats from invasive plants and animals such as feral ungulates, forest disease, coqui frogs, little fire ants, miconia and so much more. If left to fend for themselves these plants and animals would have little to no chance. The battle against these invasive plants and newly introduced ones are never ending. The AmeriCorps and Volunteer members are contributing their time and energy to the destruction of these pests, and to impede their spread, as they learn how to care for the fragile ecosystems on Maui. Their unique contribution is their continued commitment to work in the harsh environment where these pests exist, carrying their heavy equipment, hiking multiple miles through wet or damp vegetation, potentially scaling mountainsides, and then working in their sopping wet clothes, or working in dry, hot areas i.e. lava fields, rocky slopes, sand dunes, and flat lands removing these incipient invasive species. AmeriCorps members and volunteers will setup and maintain 23 miles of predator fences and barriers to prevent destruction of state trails, public lands, conservation lands, easements, native forests, and watersheds by feral ungulates. They will also help with vector control of 20 acres of Fire ants, and 6 areas of Coqui frogs that also threatens our environment, economy, and human health.
 
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Member Duties : AmeriCorps members will provide part of the manpower to help remove 12,800 invasive plants from over 15,000 acres. Members will plant 6,500 native plants in areas where eradication of invasive plants and pests have been cleared to an acceptable level. They will field bait 20 acres of Fire ants and spray citric acid in 6 areas of Coqui Frogs. The AmeriCorps members will assist with the maintenance of the fences and predatory barriers. By replanting the appropriate native plants in the areas recently cleared of invasive, it will allow the areas to rebuild its native environment. AmeriCorps members and Volunteer Field Workers are protecting the fragile environment on which native plants, animals, and birds live, and creating a healthy eco-system for Maui.
 
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Uniforms provided and required . 
 
Service Areas :
Environment . 
 
Skills :
Team Work . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps State / National

Program
MEO Environmental Program

Program Start/End Date
11/14/2017  -   11/13/2018

Work Schedule Part Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  17    Maximum:  99

Program Locations HAWAII  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  11/01/2017  To  12/31/2018 

Contact Kauwela Bisquera
99 Mahalani St
Wailuku   HI   96793
808-243-4324
kauwela.bisquera@meoinc.org
meoinc.org
 
AmeriCorps

Listing ID 38385


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