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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office is seeking 3 Ecological Site Inventory Crew  Interns for 16 weeks to assist their office with inventory and monitoring of natural resources and development of geo-spatial information. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Natural Resource Management, Rangeland Science, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Utah's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research. This 16 week internship qualifies participants for Public Land Corp certificate, with special hiring authorities for BLM jobs.

Start Date:  mid-April 2018 (Flexible) End Date:  16-Weeks from start date

Location:  BLM Salt Lake Field Office, Salt Lake City, UT

Project Background and Objectives: BLM Utah manages approximately 23 Million acres of diverse ecosystems including rangeland, riparian, woodlands, and forests. Our rangelands provide numerous benefits to the public through activities such as woodland products, recreation, and livestock grazing. Monitoring conditions and trend of these ecosystems is an important part of the BLM's adaptive management program, which seeks to sustain multiple land uses for future generations. BLM is looking to monitor these ecosystems to help determine land health through Ecological Site Inventory.

For more information on Ecological Site Inventory methods, you can find the Ecological Site Inventory Technical Reference at: https://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/pdf/1734-7.pdf

You can also visit www.usaconservation.org for more information about ACE and the EPIC program.

Compensation: $475 per week living allowance (Stipend). Typical workweek will be 10 hours/day, 4 days/week with time spent mostly in the field collecting data. A per diem is also offered for days spent overnight in the field.

Housing: Housing is not provided. Intern will be responsible for obtaining their own housing.

Position Description: The selected interns will assist the Salt Lake Field Office, BLM, which covers approx. 2.3 million acres of diverse ecosystems. Numerous opportunities exist for both field work and office work. Field work experience will be conducted in both forested and rangeland ecosystems. Field work would involve monitoring rangeland vegetation, soils, and ecosystems using established protocols and standardized equipment. Data would be collected using GPS and other field data recorders.

Office duties will largely consist of vegetative data entry, report writing. In addition, some specialized skills using GIS and remote-sensing software in the development of geospatial data layers. The interns will be mentored and trained by the natural resources program staff.

The Interns will work out of the BLM Salt Lake Field Office in West Valley City, Utah. The project will be coordinated by Natural Resource Specialists and seasonal staff. Fieldwork will be done in a remote backcountry settings and requires strenuous exertion. Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g. heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep terrain).

Qualifications: Applicants should have a degree in Natural Resource Management, Rangeland Science, or related fields. 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.  

Required:

  • Interns must be US citizen or Permanent US Resident
  • Must be 21-30 years of age. Applicants 31-35, 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. Ability to drive an ACE vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Intern must be cleared by ACE to drive.
  • Have demonstrated plant identification skills/experience. Field experience preferred.
  • Interns must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings (teams of 3).
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience
  • 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 professionals

Preferred:

  • Ability to use a plant key
  • Familiarity with scientific names and plant terminology

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: 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 National Recruitment Supervisor at (801) 573-8984 or mearly@usaconservation.org.

 

 

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