American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Save Our Bosque Task Force
  • Socorro County, NM, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Save Our Bosque Task Force (SOBTF), is seeking TWO Riparian Monitoring Interns to dedicate 12 weeks in support of the SOBTF mission to preserve, protect, and enhance the Rio Grande and its adjoining riparian ecosystem (bosque, wetlands, grasslands) while respecting the customs and cultures of the residents of Socorro County. The main duties include assisting with vegetation surveys, invasive plant mapping, and salt cedar leaf beetle monitoring. This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their field skills in vegetation and resource management.


Start Date: May 30, 2017 (arrive May 29th)

End Date: 12 weeks from start date

* A 12-week commitment is required *  


Location: Middle Rio Grande Valley in Socorro County, New Mexico.

Socorro, New Mexico is a small community of approximately 10,000 people in central New Mexico. Situated on the west side of the Rio Grande, it has a rich history in Native American and Hispanic cultures, mining, ranching, farming, and exploration. New Mexico Tech University is located in Socorro with strong science and engineering fields and associations with the NM Mineral and Gem Museum, NM Bureau of Geology, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Socorro is probably best loved for its wide-open spaces and outdoor recreation opportunities. There are two National Wildlife Refuges and many state refuges nearby, Bureau of Land Management scenic byways, US Forest Service mountain trails, National Wilderness Areas, and State Parks close by.   

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Save Our Bosque Task Force, please visit their website at: For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation:  The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $250/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Housing will be included at no cost to the interns.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for one 450-hour ($1,527.45) AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.


Background: The Save Our Bosque Task Force (SOBTF) is a 501c (3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1994 by citizens of Socorro County, New Mexico, concerned about degradation of the ecosystem along the Rio Grande bosque. Save Our Bosque Task Force is a collaborative organization that involves private citizens, floodplain landowners, conservation organizations and state and government agencies.

The Save Our Bosque Task Force's mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the Rio Grande and its adjoining riparian ecosystem (bosque, wetlands, grasslands) while respecting the customs and cultures of the residents of Socorro County. The SOBTF works to provide public recreation, environmental education and a sustainable Rio Grande while allowing for historical resource uses. SOBTF plans and implements riparian enhancement projects that provide for public safety, ecosystem health, and private landowner goals, all within the confines of current infrastructure and limitations.


Position Description: The SOBTF Riparian Monitoring Program is designed to analyze the success of restoration projects and inform management decisions to ultimately protect, restore, and maintain the ecological health within the Middle Rio Grande Valley. The Monitoring Interns will mainly be assisting with vegetation surveys, invasive plant mapping, and salt cedar leaf beetle monitoring. The Monitoring Interns will monitor sites throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley, including private, state and federal lands. They will also help conserve the Park's natural resources through a wide variety of vegetation management and monitoring actions. Interns will provide some assistance with research projects, outreach and environmental education, and maintenance of riverine parks. SOBTF Program Director will provide on-site oversight of all Monitoring Intern activities and maintain safety standards through the field season's activities.

Project Conditions/Physical Demands: Conditions will be variable and extreme throughout the summer. A substantial amount of project duties will involve serving long days in the dense riparian forest where it is hot and humid. Applicants should carefully consider that fieldwork is challenging. Interns will serve for 40 hour/week schedule.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in biology, environmental education, wildlife, interpretation, environmental studies or science, ecology, biological sciences, natural resource management, education, park management, or a related discipline.


  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be 18 to 30 years old.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve alone and in a group.
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the Southwest and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required so you can drive to location sites.
  • Must be organized, accountable and outgoing.
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
  • Must be a strong leader and an equally strong team member.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skills in conservation and restoration stewardship projects.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of botany and plant taxonomy, including plant identification and use of dichotomous keys.
  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GIS/GPS equipment.


The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization 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 three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or

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