American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • USA
  • Seasonal
  • EPIC

Organization: American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Program: Emerging Professionals Internship Corps (EPIC)

Job Title: Field Data Specialist

Number of positions: 2

Locations: Colorado, Wyoming

Start Date: May 2019 (TBD)

End Date: December 2019 (TBD)

Compensation: TBD; paid bi-weekly

Benefits: health insurance (TBD), company vehicle, and camping per diem (TBD)

Summary: ACE EPIC is seeking two Field Data Specialist to support the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) 2019 Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) program efforts. This position will require frequent travel and field work from approximately May through September. The selected individuals will work on two separate field teams (1 based in Colorado, 1 based in Wyoming). Each team will consist of three individuals (1 Team Leader, 1 Field Data Specialist and 1 Soil/Vegetation Technician) and collect data according to standardized AIM methodologies and protocols. Formal instruction and AIM training will be provided by the BLM prior to the start of the field season.  

From October to December, this position will require extensive office work, including data QA/QC, data analysis and writing report summaries. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic professional with a background in plant or soil science, biology, conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field. The right candidate should have experience conducting vegetation surveys, field data collection and basic data analysis and report writing skills.

The AIM data is used by BLM resource specialists and land managers across the Western United States to help inform decisions regarding adaptive range management techniques, Greater Sage-Grouse habitat protection, oil and gas reclamation, and other land management issues and strategies. For more information about the BLM's multiple use mission and the AIM strategy, please visit

ACE'S Mission: American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America's public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.

EPIC Program: ACE EPIC Internships and Fellowships program provide recent graduates with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors and to apply their knowledge of resource management on actual projects and programs as they develop and emerge as the next generation of resource and land managers. ACE EPIC operates in coalition with partners such as the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and other conservation focused groups to place interns within the operating structure of these organizations.

Position Description:

This position encompasses both field and office work depending on the season. The Field Data Specialist will be expected to conduct field work between May-September 2019 and provide office support from October-December 2019.

Project Locations:

  • Little Snake Field Office (LSFO), Craig, CO: One position will work within the LSFO boundary to collect data on the Peekaboo Fire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ES&R) monitoring effort. Additional travel and project sites may be required for the position.
  • New Castle Field Office (NCFO), Buffalo Field Office (BFO) and Kemmerer Field Office (KFO), Wyoming: One position will collect data throughout the state of Wyoming and collaborate with multiple field offices.

Please indicate your location preference (if any) in your cover letter.


While in the field, individuals will be expected to work 8-10 hour days and will be required to camp for extended periods of time (typically 8 days on, 6 days off). Please note that this position will require the flexibility to work an irregular schedule and extended hours between May-September; however, bi-weekly time sheet totals will not exceed 80 hours.

Field work duties will include:

  • Collecting vegetation data using line-point intercept and species inventory methods
  • Measuring shrub density, foliar cover, canopy gap and vegetation heights
  • Identifying and describing soil horizons
  • Using GPS to navigate to off-trail sampling sites
  • Driving 4x4 vehicles in a backcountry setting
  • Electronic data collection using a tablet and Microsoft Access database system

Post field season office hours (Oct- Dec) will generally require the individual to be available Monday through Friday for approximately 8 hours a day.

Data/Office duties will include:

  • QA/QC within-season checks and final data cleaning for submission
  • Electronically creating spreadsheets, shapefiles and maps
  • Organizing spatial data in ArcGIS
  • Completing data summary forms and reports

Qualifications: Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree or higher in a relevant field of study and 2 years' experience of field data collection, conducting QA/QC checks and basic data analysis skills.

Technical Requirements:

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word
  • Ability to run data queries using Microsoft Access and generate report summaries
  • Experience using ArcGIS to import/export data and generate maps
  • Experience identifying plants in the field using a dichotomous key
  • Experience conducting plant surveys using various monitoring protocols
  • Ability to read, interpret and navigate using a GPS unit and topographic maps
  • Ability to use electronic tablets to record and manage data
  • Ability to safely operate 4x4 vehicles on rough, unpaved road conditions
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation; Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process. (Must be 21+ and cleared by ACE to drive ACE/Agency vehicles)
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check and obtain government contractor ID cards

Additional Requirements:

  • Scientific writing skills
  • Ability to work alone or in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to communicate clearly with team members, resource professionals and the general public
  • Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles, attention to field safety, and an overall intuitive nature for working in an outdoor setting
  • Basic tool, equipment and vehicle maintenance knowledge
  • Willingness and flexibility to work an irregular schedule with multiple days of travel
  • Must be able and willing to maintain good physical condition (i.e. capable of hiking up to 3 miles and lifting up to 50 lbs.)
  • Individuals must be willing to represent ACE in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.
  • ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.


*This position is subject to 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.


NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Katelyn Jordan, BLM AIM Program Coordinator, at or 385-377-4116.

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