FC-FLIP 2016 - Fluid Minerals Internship

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Fluid Minerals Intern

 

Timeline: May 31 – August 12, 2016                                                

Location: Durango, Colorado 

Schedule:  40-hour week; long days, weekend or evening work may be required.

Mentor: Ryan Joyner, Natural Resource Specialist; BLM Tres Rios Field Office                                                                                          

Description & Responsibilities In the 1990s, the BLM Tres Rios Field Office began to install soil vapor tubes in order to monitor soil gas compositions at strategic locations along the Fruitland Formation outcrop on the northern perimeter of the San Juan Basin in southwestern Colorado. The data collected from these soil vapor tubes has helped the BLM and many of its partners to better understand the potential relationship between coal bed methane (CBM) oil and gas development “down dip” from the Fruitland Formation outcrop and methane seepage at historical gas seeps near the Fruitland Formation outcrop. The Tres Rios Field Office is seeking to hire and train a summer intern for duties that would include collecting data from existing soil vapor tube sites, many of which are not easily accessible. If possible, this internship might also include the preparation of useful statistical analyses based upon the data collected from these soil vapor tubes. It may even be possible for such statistical analyses to be prepared in conjunction with the intern’s undergraduate or graduate coursework.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Knowledge of natural resource practices

·         Coursework in a related filed (engineering, geology, chemistry, etc.)

·         Safely use tools such as map and compass; demonstrate some experience with safety in backcountry settings

·         Able to follow written and oral instructions

·         Ability to operate independently

·         Ability to work safely and efficiently in a laboratory setting

·         Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds; Excellent health and physical ability to conduct field work in difficult terrain and high elevations (~12,000 ft ASL) under various environmental conditions

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

Training Provided:

Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on May 31st ).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. Upon successful completion the intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.

Housing: TBD 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.

 

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016 - BLM Range Intern

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

BLM Range Intern

 

Timeline: May 31 – August 12, 2016                                                                    

Location: Montrose, Colorado

Mentor: Stacy Whitt, Assistant Field Manager - Resources; BLM, Uncompaghre Field Office

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                    

Responsibilities: The intern will participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team for Land Health Assessment field data collection. The intern will use maps and GPS units to locate range improvement projects such as stock reservoirs, division fences, and cattle guards in order to inspect and report on conditions, report on locations of livestock for compliance inspections, and collect grazing utilization data. The intern document all activities and enter data into a variety of computer data bases. Other duties could include weed control activities and general office work such as mailing and filing. The intern will be expected to work in remote areas independently, safely, and efficiently using four-wheel drive vehicles, ATV’s, or on foot in a variety of weather conditions.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         A positive personality, adaptable, inquisitive nature, willing to work hard, and learn new things

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including in hot arid conditions, while traveling on foot for +5 miles a day

·         Camping and backpacking skills (the intern could spend a number of nights in a backcountry setting)

·         Experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods, data collection

·         Basic GIS and GPS knowledge highly recommended

·         Applicant must be proficient with common Microsoft and Adobe software

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in forestry, natural resource management, botany, plant physiology, ecology, or related field

·         Experience with the identification of common plant and weed species of Colorado; plant taxonomy skills a plus; ability to identify plants found in the arid ecosystems of SW Colorado

·         Experience with livestock management helpful

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         Experience with the safe operation of ATV and Four-wheel drive vehicles, in rough and mountainous terrain 

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         The ability to lift and carry object of 50 or more pounds

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on May 31st).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. The intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education award upon completion of the internship.  

Housing: TBD  

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016 - Biological Field Tech

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Biological Field Tech

 

The position involves primarily Gunnison sage-grouse habitat inventory. The intern will have the opportunity to accompany various resource specialists in their day to day work

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                       

Location: Gunnison, Colorado

Mentor: Gay Austin, Riparian and Monitoring Coordinator; BLM, Gunnison Field Office  

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.

                                                                                                                       

Responsibilities: The intern would help collect quantitative data on an Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) crew with a crew lead and 1 other crew member. Data is used for Land Health Assessments, Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) implementation, and RMP plan revision.  The intern would have daily contact with the Natural Resource Specialist. The intern will use GPS to locate randomly located points and help collect monitoring data on plant species, heights, plant communities, and soils. Intern will learn how to use tablet for data collection. There will be the opportunity to learn how to identify state-listed noxious weeds.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         A positive personality, adaptable, inquisitive nature, willing to work hard, and learn new things

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including at high elevations, while traveling on foot for +5 miles a day

·         Camping and backpacking skills (the intern will spend a number of nights in a backcountry setting)

·         Experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods, data collection

·         Basic GIS and GPS knowledge highly recommended

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in forestry, natural resource management, botany, plant physiology, ecology, or related field

·         Experience with the identification of common plant and weed species of Colorado; plant taxonomy skills a plus

·         Course work in both botany and soils preferred.

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         Experience with the safe operation of ATV and Four-wheel drive vehicles, in rough and mountainous terrain 

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         The ability to lift and carry object of 50 or more pounds

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on May 31st).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. The intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education award upon completion of the internship.  

Housing: TBD  

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.

 

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016 - Natural Resources

This is a temporary description with formal language to follow.

 

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Natural Resources

The natural resource program at Mesa Verde National Park seeks to partner with FC-FLIP to recruit a student intern to both enhance park operational capabilities and simultaneously offer valuable professional work experience for a college student. The program intends to offer an intern the opportunity to perform various natural resource management operations such as data collection in accessible front and backcountry areas and data processing in the office.

Topic areas could include but are not limited to the following:

Air quality monitoring: gaseous air pollution (ozone), particulate filtering sampler (visibility), acidic wet deposition (acid rain), mercury wet deposition

Measuring river water quality parameters

Capturing birds in nets and traps, recording measurements, banding, and release

Surveying and mapping rare native plant populations and vegetative community conditions

Conducting wildlife surveys such as for owls, raptors, songbirds, feral horses, etc.

Managing automated camera systems and organizing digital photographs

Populating wildlife databases by compiling source materials from files and reports

Measuring flows of remote springs

Controlling invasive plants using the application of herbicides 

Joining a youth conservation crew conducting boundary fence repair work

Learning to use GPS and applying the data to a GIS database

Participating in other natural resource management and research projects including escorting researchers doing projects in the field.

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016 - GIS Technician

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

GIS Technician

The Technical Services Group at Mesa Verde National Park seeks to partner with a college in the Four Corners area to recruit a student intern to enhance operational capabilities and provide professional work experience. The primary project that the internship will concentrate on is the modernization of the park’s geographic database including data management, organization, updating and conversion activities and will also include opportunities to learn and apply field mapping techniques using GPS and laser range finding techniques to support other park operations and planning activities.

PDF of Description

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Mesa Verde National Park

Mentor: Allan Loy, Planner; Mesa Verde National Park

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                

Responsibilities: Work will primarily be performed in an office setting.  Normal work days would be 8 hours and this may be negotiated but will not exceed 10 hours per day and would be between Monday and Friday of each week of the internship. Field mapping assignments may be performed in a high desert environment where the terrain may be steep, uneven, and rocky. Rain, wind, or dust may be encountered and may include hiking less than 5 miles.  Field mapping activities may require lifting or packing of equipment weighing less than 20 pounds.

The duties of this internship primarily focus on providing work and training experience to prepare the student intern for a more advanced position that uses geospatial data and analysis.  Intern will have opportunity to work with other park discipline specialists since the park’s geographic database covers all aspects of park operations.  Intern will assist with organizing, converting and updating of the geographic data that supports the park’s planning and decision making processes.

Up to 10 days throughout internship will be allocated to learn about other operational and program area functions. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         The ability to work independently or with minimal guidance with ESRI Arc GIS software.

·         Practical knowledge of relational databases and digital data management, organization and conversion methods and techniques.

·         Skill in the use of ESRI ArcGIS software particularly ArcCatalog, ArcMap and ArcToolbox.

·         Knowledge of various data formats including ESRI legacy geospatial and tabular data formats and the ESRI geodatabase model.

·         An extensive background in ecology, natural resource management, environmental science, etc.

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. Upon successful completion the intern will qualify for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.  

Housing: None available. The intern will be responsible for securing their own housing.

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.

 

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016 - Archeology

This is a temporary description. A formal description is forthcoming.

 

The intern will their time working with the three District Archaeologists- in the Columbine, Pagosa and Dolores Districts.  The intern should have a background/major in archaeology. If possible, at least two years in the archaeology program and field school.  This person will be assisting the District Archaeologists with archaeological surveys and documentation of archaeological sites. Therefore, the intern will need to be able to hike long distances in the field over rugged terrain and potentially work up to 10 hour days on occasion.  Skills with map reading, artifact identification and writing will be very helpful and preferred. The intern may also be assisting in the District Offices helping with filing and report preparation.

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016

 

 

FC-FLIP 2016 - Visitor Services Internship

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Visitor Information Specialist 

This intern will be placed with USFS, San Juan National Forest, Dolores Ranger District. The Visitor Information Specialist will assist with daily public interaction by working at the front desk of the Dolores Public Lands Office. The intern will also participate in the activities of the developed recreation program by assisting with general maintenance and upkeep of developed sites.

PDF of Position - HERE

 

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Dolores, Colorado

Mentor: Tom Rice, Recreation Program Manager, San Juan National Forest; and Toni Kelly, Visitor Information Services, Dolores Ranger District, San Juan National Forest                                                                                                                  

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                    

Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of the Visitor Information Specialist will be to assist with the daily operations the Dolores Ranger District’s Recreation Program. The intern will interact directly with the public by staffing the front desk, of the district office, to answer questions and to assist the public. The intern will also work behind the scenes by assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of the Dolores District’s developed recreation sites. The latter will require the intern to work in a variety of weather conditions and operate light machinery and hand tools. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic map reading skills, GPS, and GIS knowledge preferred

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Desire to work with Forest visitors of all ages and backgrounds

·         Experience with natural history interpretation, environmental education, customer service, preferred.

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. Upon successful completion the intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.

Housing: None provided.

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016 

FC-FLIP 2016 - Abandoned Mines and Geology

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Engineering, Abandoned Mine Lands, Minerals, & Geology

PDF of Position - HERE

Timeline: TBD - August 12, 2016; this internship might start several weeks earlier.                                                      

Location: Durango, Colorado

Schedule:  40-hour week; long days, weekend or evening work may be required. 

Mentor: Benerito Martinez, Engineering, Fleet, Minerals, and Geology Staff Officer, San Juan National Forest.                                                                                         

Description & Responsibilities: The San Juan National Forest has several work projects and studies scheduled for the summer of 2016. 

-          Engineering:  survey & design of a variety of Civil Engineering projects and we have several road construction projects.

-          Abandoned Mine Lands:  we have a heavy workload locating, inventorying, and potentially implementing physical health and safety projects.  In addition, we have a heavy workload conducting CERCLA Removal Action project to address environmental issues.

-          Minerals and Geology:  there are opportunities to participate in Federal Land Management Agency’s role in mining, oil, and gas development.

All work will occur with members of the San Juan National Forest based in Durango, CO.  This job offers a tremendous opportunity to do field work in a wide variety of beautiful terrain and locations across the San Juan Public Lands.  The intern will learn about engineering (roads, trails, bridges (road & trail), water & waste water systems, buildings, mechanical & electrical, survey, developing construction plans, estimating, etc.), environmental regulations, mining, minerals, and geology.  The biggest learning opportunity is seeing how social, economic, cultural, infrastructure, and ecological systems all relate in some beautiful and complex landscapes.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Knowledge of natural resource practices

·         Coursework in a related filed (engineering, geology, etc.)

·         Safely use tools such as map and compass; demonstrate some experience with safety in backcountry settings

·         Able to follow written and oral instructions

·         Ability to operate independently

·         Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds; Excellent health and physical ability to conduct field work in difficult terrain and high elevations (~12,000 ft ASL) under various environmental conditions

Training Provided:

Defensive driving, orientation, trails and backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers, natural resource management and issues in the Four Corners, Wilderness First Aid & Certificate (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 2nd).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. Upon successful completion the intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.

Housing: Possible housing through the Forest Service. 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016 - Field Hydrology

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Field Hydrology (Hydro Crew)

 PDF of Position Description - HERE

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Durango, Colorado

Mentor: Jeff Seebach, Supervisory Hydrologic Technician, BLM Tres Rios Field Office; and Eric Herchmer, Hydrologist, San Juan National Forest                                                                                                          

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                       

Responsibilities: The San Juan National Forest has several work projects and studies scheduled for the summer of 2016. First is an ongoing inventory of spring water sources across the San Juan Public Lands, involving fieldwork from alpine settings to the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Spring locations are recorded with a GPS unit, flow is measured and the general condition along with other basic information is recorded and entered into a GIS database. Second, steam surveys using basic hydrologic field methodologies (cross sections, longitudinal profiles, channel substrate and discharge measurements) will need to be performed in various Forest and Wilderness locations. This data will be used to determine hydrologic effects of past and future land management decisions, to define watershed characteristics for in-stream flow appropriations, and to delineate floodplains around designated public campgrounds. Third, water quality/chemistry sampling needs to occur on various high alpine lakes primarily in the Weminuche Wilderness.  Parameters such as pH, conductivity, and various cation and anion concentrations will need to be collected to help in determining the potential for acidification and/or nitrogen loading from atmospheric deposition. Finally, various small-scale watershed protection and restoration projects will need to be implemented. This will include small gully/headcut repair, developing water sources to protect riparian vegetation and applying stormwater management techniques in construction zones. All work will occur with members of the SJNF Hydrology Crew based in Durango, CO. This job offers a tremendous opportunity to do field work in a wide variety of beautiful terrain and locations across the San Juan Public Lands. The intern will learn about hydrologic survey techniques, water quality sampling, small-scale restoration work, agency-approved hydrologic monitoring techniques and basic Colorado water rights law. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions; long days on foot will be expected

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic map reading skills, GPS, and GIS knowledge preferred

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in hydrology, geology, biogeochemistry, water resource management, natural resources management, aquatic biology, or similar.

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly.

Housing: Housing is possible through the San Juan National Forest in Durango on a first come first serve basis: priority is given to FS crews in FS housing. 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016: Reforestation Internship

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Reforestation Internship

reidner_reforatation.jpg

PDF of Position - HERE

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Bayfield, Colorado

Mentor: Gretchen Fitzgerald, Reforestation Forester; San Juan National Forest

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                    

Responsibilities: The intern will assist a team of forestry technicians collecting survival information in several tree plantations.  The intern will also participate in the preparation of a reforestation contract for fall of 2016 by laying out and GPS planting units. Additional work will include collecting stand exam data and some timber sale marking. Other opportunities with the Columbine Ranger District resource professionals may be available if time allows. This internship will be physically demanding with long days on foot, in the field, in the wide variety of summer time weather in the San Juans.  Most of the work will be on steep slopes in old wildfire areas at high elevations.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic map reading skills and GPS knowledge useful

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in forestry, natural resource management, botany, plant physiology, or ecology

·         Knowledge of local tree species is useful

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly; upon successful completion the intern will qualify for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.   

Housing: Housing is available through the Columbine RD outside of Durango on a first come first serve basis: priority is given to FS crews in FS housing. 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 01 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016: Range Technician

Range Technician

 

 

PDF of Description 

While working with the Columbine Ranger District’s range staff, this internship will provide training and work experience with the many facets of natural resource management conducted by the San Juan National Forest. 

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                       

Location: Bayfield, Colorado

Mentor: Jared Whitmer, District Range Staff; San Juan National Forest, Columbine RD

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                      

Responsibilities: The intern will work with technicians and professionals from the Columbine Ranger District on projects related to range management. The intern’s project areas will center on range, weed, and general ecology of the Columbine. The intern will assist with the installation and observation of range monitoring transects, cattle and sheep allotment inspections, and the inventory and treatment of invasive species. This will be demanding work. The intern will be expected to safely travel through rugged terrain, often covering 5+ miles on foot, off trail, through steep and densely forested cover. Rain, snow, lightening, wind, and dust WILL be encountered. The intern will learn the safe use and application control agents for noxious weeds. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with other specialists from the district who work with timber, recreation, wildlife, archaeology, and administration.     

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         A positive personality, adaptable, inquisitive nature, willing to work hard, and learn new things

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including at high elevations, while traveling on foot for +5 miles a day

·         Camping and backpacking skills (the intern will spend a number of nights in a backcountry setting)

·         Experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods, data collection

·         Basic GIS and GPS knowledge highly recommended

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in forestry, natural resource management, botany, plant physiology, ecology, or related field

·         Experience with the identification of common plant and weed species of the San Juans; plant taxonomy skills a plus

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         Equestrian and horsepacking skills

·         Experience with the safe operation of ATV and Four-wheel drive vehicles, in rough and mountainous terrain  

·         Experience with the safe use of hand tools and chain saws

·         Willingness to work with herbicides and biological control agents to treat noxious weeds

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required for commuting to Bayfield

·         The ability to lift and carry object of 50 or more pounds

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

 

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of June 6th and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly. The intern is eligible for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education award upon completion of the internship.  

Housing: Housing is not provided for this internship. The intern will be responsible for securing housing for the summer.  

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016: Timber Management Internship

Timber Management Internship

PDF of Description 

The intern will work with directly with forestry technicians and Forest Service professionals on the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest to compete a variety of forest monitoring activities.

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                       

Location: Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Mentor: Tim Leishman, Pre-sale Forester; San Juan National Forest, Pagosa RD

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required                                                                                                            

Responsibilities: The intern will assist a team of forestry technicians in the preparation of several timber sales. These projects align with the fuel reduction goals of the San Juan National Forest. These projects are under the veil of the Pagosa Area Long Term Stewardship initiative. This 10 year project involves detailed silvicultural work in the mixed conifer and ponderosa pine cover types. This internship will also teach the individual how to mark timber to silvicultural prescriptions, learn the basics of timber cruising (forest measurements, and perform regeneration surveys. If time allows, the intern will also be exposed to other timber duties, e.g. assisting supervisor’s office personal with Common Stand Exams. Other opportunities with the Pagosa District wildlife professionals and other resource professionals may be available if time allows. This internship will be physically demanding with long days on foot, in the field, in the wide variety of summer time weather in the San Juans.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Camping and backpacking skills (the intern will spend a number of nights in a                     backcountry setting)

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic GIS and GPS knowledge highly recommended

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in forestry, natural resource management, botany,            plant physiology, or ecology

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of June 6th and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly.

Housing: Housing is available through the Pagosa RD on a first come first serve basis: priority is given to fire crews in FS housing. 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 01 March 2016

FC-FLIP 2016: Environmental Science and Education

Environmental Science and Education

 

 

PDF of Description 

The intern will work with directly with Mountain Studies Institute throughout the San Juans and assist with environmental education programming, volunteer management, ecological monitoring, and field ecology projects.

 

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                 

Location: Silverton, Colorado

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.       

Mentor: MSI Staff, Various                                                                          

Responsibilities: The intern will work alongside MSI project managers and volunteers to complete a variety of field-based monitoring and projects. The intern will assist with environmental education programming including children’s ecology camp, citizen science, and living classroom activities. The intern will work in multiple environments – from the alpine to montane forests and should be prepared for a summer of Colorado weather. The intern will also assist with non-field activities, such as, database management, report writing, field equipment upkeep, and volunteer oversight. This is a position with diverse experience and as such, requires the highest level of responsibility, extreme flexibility and excitement to enthusiastically fill important roles on multiple projects. Because this position will engage heavily with many age groups, from young children to older adults, the intern needs to be dynamic, engaging, adaptable, and, most importantly, patient.    

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of natural resource practices
  • Experience with environmental education programming for all ages
  • Formal training in environmental education with related coursework in any of the following: ecology, natural history, biology, chemistry, natural resource management, hydrology, forestry, etc. 
  • Willing and able to work with volunteers and students of all age ranges
  • Able to follow written and oral instructions
  • Experience with safety in backcountry settings and managing groups of various ages in backcountry settings
  • Ability to operate independently
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds; Excellent health and physical ability to conduct field work in difficult terrain under various environmental conditions
  •  Lots of enthusiasm and passion for sharing your love of nature with others!! 
  • Experience with four-wheel drive, mountain driving, and operation of a manual transmission a plus; access to reliable transportation is required.  

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of June 6th and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th). On the job training opportunities in GPS operation and data collection, ArcGIS, various field methods, and non-profit database management will be provided.  

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly.

Housing: No housing is provided for this internship but help will be provided in securing housing. 

Apply HERE

For more information visit:  www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip

Or contact anthony@mountainstudies.org; please include FC-FLIP in the subject. 
Applications close 15 March 2016