FC-FLIP 2016: Range Technician

Range Technician



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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