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