American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Price, UT, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: 
American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management is seeking Natural Resource Field Interns interested in dedicating 12 weeks in support of the Bureau of Land Management in performing T&E plant surveys and supporting Seeds for Success Program, and other natural resources programs related to T/E Species Management (Range, Botany, Wildlife, Riparian, Soil, Water). This opportunity is intended individuals who have a background/experience in Botany, Wildlife Biology, Rangeland Management, or other related fields.

 

Term 1: Start Date: ASAP*

A 12-week commitment is required *

 

Location:  Price, Utah

 

Project Website: 
This project is based out of the BLM Utah Price Field Office. For more information, please visit their websites at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price.html. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

 

Compensation: 
Interns are provided $200/wk. living stipend. Housing is provided in Price.

 

AmeriCorps:
This position is eligible for a 450-hr AmeriCorps Award.

 

Position Description:
Interns will work with a Natural Resource Field Lead (Another ACE Intern) during their terms. Interns will assist the Price Field Office and Richfield Field Office's T/E Species Botany and Natural Resources Range programs, which covers almost 2.54.6 million acres of public lands. Numerous opportunities exist for field work, office work, and interdisciplinary team interaction. Field work includes surveys, collection, and monitoring of botanical, riparian, and range resources for management and research purposes. Office/lab duties will largely consist of data entry, mapping, GIS work, downloading of GPS data collections points and field observation recording and summarizing. Field work experience will be conducted largely in high altitude, hot, arid, rugged, and remote environments.

Methods consist of hiking to pre-determined target areas within the two field offices while closely examining soil and vegetation for the presence of endangered plant species. When target species are found, they will be documented using notebooks, standard format field forms, GPS, and digital photography and assessed as to significance.

This project will be focused primary on the following species; Wright fishhook cactus (Sclerocactus wrightiae), San Rafael cactus (Pediocactus despainii), Winkler cactus (Pediocactus winkleri), Barneby reed-mustard (Schoenocrambe barnebyi), Jones' Cycladenia (Cycladenia jonesii), Last Chance Townsendia (Townsendia aprica) and, Maguire daisy (Erigeron maguirei).

The participant may also assist crews from partner institutions and agencies in species mitigation protection efforts. This could include fence and barrier construction, sign installation, and creation and distribution of educational materials.

Office duties will consist of entering data into an Access-type database. Assistance in the development of botanical and Threatened and Endangered Species education programs will also be a part of the intern's assignments.

Interns are expected to bring footwear appropriate for the desert and a backpack that will carry at least four liters of water and yet have room for two brick-sized electronic devices, as well as other desert essentials (e.g. sunblock, raingear, jacket, hat, first aid basics, etc.


Work Environment:

Project work will require good physical conditioning and the ability to tolerate high temperatures (occasionally exceeding 100F), as well as biting insects, such as gnats, deer flies and mosquitoes.   A typical work day will require several miles of hiking each day with at least one very arduous hike to the top of North Caineville Mesa and back, which will exceed seven miles and 1,500' of ascent.


Training:
Training will also be available on the local vegetation, but interns are expected to have at least a basic training in plant taxonomy and plant ecology. Interns will receive training on all required equipment.


Qualifications:

Applicants should have degree in botany, range science/management, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or a related field.  Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Required:

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-35 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle
  • Experience traveling in a backcountry environment
  • Plant identification skills
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Experience with and working knowledge of Trimble GPS data collectors
  • Experience with and working knowledge of Arcpad and ArcGIS software
  • Basic knowledge of plant taxonomy and plant ecology
  • Good physical condition and ability to hike several miles per day
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required

  

ACE interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

 

To Apply: 
Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

 

NOTE: 
Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at 801.946.5201or mearly@usaconservation.org.

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