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