Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Moab Field Office (MOFO), is seeking ONE Rangeland Management Intern to directly assist rangeland managers and other BLM resource specialists in accomplishing a variety of tasks such as surveys, monitoring, maintenance, data entry, and habitat protection along with other duties associated with public land stewardship. The ideal candidate will have a background/education related to rangeland monitoring, ecology, botany, and/or natural resource management.
Start Date: Spring 2017 (Early April preferred, but flexible)
End Date: June 30th, 2017
Location: MOAB, Utah
The BLM Moab Field Office has stewardship over 1.8 million acres of public lands in southeastern Utah. The Moab Field Office, tucked discretely away between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, it is located north of the La Sal Mountains and along the Colorado River, encompasses some of the most unique canyon country in the world.
Project Partner Website: For more information on the BLM Moab field office range or other programs, please visit the website at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/grazing.html
Compensation: $400/week Living Stipend. Housing will not be provided. The Intern can work with BLM to find affordable housing.
Project Background and Objectives: BLM Utah manages approximately 22 million acres of grazing land statewide. Rangelands provide a tremendous amount of social, economic and environmental value on a local, national and global scale. They are a great resource not only for people but also for all other living organisms that inhabit the area. Hence it is imperative to encourage and enhance sustainable practices to retain the value of such lands. To that end the federal government utilizes resource management plans and grazing allotment management plans to prevent excessive and unchangeable damage to these resources. The goal and focus of these plans is to improve and maintain conditions of rangelands by assessing and monitoring their health and making necessary changes to current trends and creating sustainable practices.
The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful experiences for young professionals while also providing a benefit to public land resources and its users. Interns will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with land managers primarily on research, monitoring and maintenance projects. Participants will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.
Position Description: The primary duties will be to complete all work necessary to document condition of range improvement projects on the grazing allotments assigned by the range staff. This includes conducting field inspections and GPSing locations of the range improvements. Completing GIS work needed to create shapefiles that include all data required to standards established by the Bureau of Land Management. Update and file all necessary paperwork in the range improvement case files using Moab Field Office standards and updating the Range Improvement Program database.
The ACE intern will assist with collection and analysis of rain can data. The intern will also assist with riparian restoration efforts, including: Planting riparian vegetation at restoration locations, monitoring restoration sites, and updating riparian files.
Other tasks include but are not limited to building and maintaining fences. Conducting allotment compliance inspections to insure the terms and conditions of grazing permits are being met. Assist in the collection of vegetation monitoring; use maps and GIS/GPS technology, enter data into databases and study files. Follow established Utah Bureau of land Management monitoring procedures. Assist in the inventory of invasive/noxious weed species. Identify weed species; use GPS to map the area of infestation. Upload and download data and document total acres of inventoried lands.
Intern will organize and coordinate field work with BLM and partner organizations, and will prioritize overall duties as established by their supervisor. Work is partly in a field setting and partly in the office. The climate is generally arid. Temperatures frequently exceed 90 degrees during the summer months, and drop below 20 degrees in the winter months. The ACE intern may be required to work in remote areas of the field office. This includes driving four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV). The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Lifting up to 50 pounds is required. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.
Intern will complete defensive driving course.
Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate degree in rangeland management, ecology, botany (veg management emphasis), natural resource management, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Candidates with a MS relevant to Range Management are encouraged to apply. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.
- Internship is available to US Citizens or Permanent Residents only
- Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
- A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle is required
- Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week and must be willing to work varied schedules throughout the internship
- Relevant degree/education
- Ability to undergo a Federal criminal background check
- Applicants must have some understanding of federal land management policies and practices such as NEPA, EA and the EIS processes
- Knowledge and experience with GPS units and ArcGIS software
- Genuine interest and knowledge in range management, AUMs and general large scale resource management
- Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences; ability to work alone or in a group
- Good writing and analytical skills
- Plant identification skills
- Experience with different field data collection methods
- Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
- Ability to work independently in remote areas
- Experience and training driving four wheel drive vehicles over rugged roads
Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
The intern 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.
**Posting may close/change at any time**
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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Program Manager, Kelly Barrett, at 385.272.0472 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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