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