American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

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 Lands and Reality Intern to directly assist the BLM Realty Specialist in accomplishing a variety of tasks to include data research and data entry to develop a GIS database, field work ground truthing database, doing field inspections, updating database and other duties associated with public land management

 

Start Date: Sept 2018 (Flexible for the right candidate)

End Date:   17 Weeks from start date

 


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.

Compensation: $600/week Stipend.  Housing is NOT provided.  ACE will provide a vehicle while on duty, however a personal vehicle is strongly suggested for use during personal time.
 

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: 
Interns serving under this agreement 
may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their internship. Qualifying interns who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority." Eligible interns must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.

https://elips.doi.gov/ELIPS/0/doc/4536/Electronic.aspx

Project Website: To learn more about the Moab Field Office, please visit http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab.html. To learn more about the ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit www.usaconservation.org.
 

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. The participant 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:
Work includes both office and field work. Office work includes GIS research, data entry, mapping and analysis. The intern should have strong map reading skills and GPS/ GIS expertise along with the ability to work independently in remote areas.    Field work includes photo monitoring, mapping and describing site conditions. 

The climate in Moab is generally arid and temperatures frequently exceed 95 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 and  all-terrain vehicles (ATV).

Intern will complete defensive driving course.

The interns shall perform other range related activities for other projects and in other portions of the Moab Field Office Jurisdiction. The intern will drive a 4x4 vehicle. Field gear will be provided by BLM.

 

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in Rangeland Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Watershed Sciences (including soils, hydrology, riparian resources, and/or rangeland management) or other related disciplines appropriate to the position.  A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Master's degree is not required, but encouraged.

Required:

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Between the age of 21 and 35;
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
  • Interest and experience in rangeland and riparian issues
  • Strong plant ID skills
  • Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, if needed, in variable weather conditions
  • Experience in documenting riparian resources management, ideally in the Four Corners and Great Basin regions
  • Must have a high fitness level and a high comfort level in remote settings
  • Experience with interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Experience using a GPS unit
  • Experience with ArcGIS software
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • 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
  • English proficiency is imperative

Preferred:

  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of riparian resource management
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs 
  • Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, 
managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies  
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in ArcGIS and GPS use, specifically Trimble Juno or Geo Series units with ArcPad and/or TerraSync Software
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome
  • Strong writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Utah's public lands and natural environments is desired, especially the Four Corner's region

 


The 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.

 Posting may change or 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: usaconservation.org

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 BLM Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or emounce@usaconservation.org

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