American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Monte Vista, CO, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office, is seeking 3 Aquatic AIM Stream Habitat Assessment Interns for 22 weeks to assist BLM field offices in completing this year's Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) objectives. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in stream ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, biology, conservation, natural resource management, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Colorado's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research. Interns will be on teams of 1 Team Member and one ACE AIM Lead.


Start Date: Between May 8th - 12th. (Team must attend mandatory training from May 16th to May 26th)


End Date:  22 Weeks from Start.


*A 22-Week commitment is required*


Locations: (Application must clearly state preferred work location)
Northwest District: Meeker, CO
Southwest District: Montrose, CO
Rocky Mountain District: Monte Vista, CO.

Colorado's 8.3 million acres of BLM public lands, along with 27 million acres of mineral estate, are concentrated primarily in the western portion of the State. The lands range from alpine tundra, colorful canyons, and mesas in the southwest, to rolling sage-covered hills in the northwest. These public lands play a vital role in providing open space and contribute to Colorado's quality of life


Project Background and Objectives:
The  Bureau of Land Management, in Colorado is seeking several stream habitat assessment technicians to assist in the implementation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) for Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) of lotic ecosystems. AIM seeks to standardize the collection of quantitative data that can be used at multiple scales to assist the BLM in making land management decisions. More information about AIM and AIM implementation can be found at


Technicians will sample streams and rivers on BLM-managed land using the BLM's AIM protocol for rivers and streams. Data collection involves measuring a variety of stream attributes including water chemistry and instream habitat, collecting aquatic macro invertebrates, and conducting ocular estimates in the riparian zone. 

Successful applicants will be required to work and camp in the field for up to 8 days in a row. Some streams will be near a road while others may require hiking several miles to access. Applicants should be prepared to encounter strenuous working conditions including: hiking 5 to 6 miles off trail while carrying a heavy pack, bushwhacking, working in the water and in all types of weather, and primitive camping without access to bathrooms or running water. Camping gear including tent, sleeping pad, and camp kitchen items will be provided.


Please Review:

Technical Reference for the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (TR 1735-1) on the BLM library here:

For more information on AIM methods, please visit:


Site Information and History: You can also visit for more information about ACE and the EPIC program. You can also visit for more information about the Bureau of Land Management.


Compensation: $400-$560 per week living allowance (Stipend).  Work hours will typically be 10 hours a day. Some survey protocols will require an adjustment of the work day however; bi-weekly totals will amount to roughly 80 hours.


Housing: Housing is not provided. Camping will be required during term of service.


Position Description: Approximately 90% of the work will be outdoor fieldwork and the remainder will be office work.  Fieldwork will be in an outdoor environment where climate, weather, and terrain require can be demanding.


Training: The team's will jointly attend a training provided by the BLM during the first two weeks of their internship. All interns must be available for this training. Candidate ability/availability to attend this training will be a determining factor in the hiring process.


Qualifications: Applicants should have degree in stream ecology, hydrology, and geomorphology, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or related field.  Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.  

Demonstrated leadership experience in field data-collection or another relevant team management setting will be essential.



  • Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card
  • Must be 18-30 years of age. Applicants with recent Masters Degree's or pursuing Master's degree's up to age 35, will be considered.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle
  • Experience driving 4x4 vehicles on rough roads (or willingness to learn)
  • Interns must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic maps
  • Willingness to work long days (10-12 hrs.)
  • A high degree of comfort wading in all types of streams including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, deep mud, and log jams.
  • The ability to interact and communicate professionally with multiple stakeholders including: landowners, recreationalists, hunters, anglers, and BLM employees.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings (teams of 2-3).
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professional


Additional qualifications desired (not required):

  • Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills
  • Wilderness first aid certification
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology
  • Experience working in stream and river systems
  • River rafting experience


AIM/ACE Team 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.

**This position is subject to change/close 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:



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 Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at or 801-573-8984.

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