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