Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Interns - 38 positions in UT & CO

  • American Conservation Experience
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Feb 15, 2018
Internship- Paid Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Forestry Research Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office, is seeking:

10 TEAM LEAD Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Interns and

28 Team Member Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Interns

for 16-26 weeks to assist BLM field offices in completing this year's Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) objectives. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in rangeland management, botany, biology, conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Utah's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research. The Team Lead positions are available to those individuals who have a relevant education and/or direct AIM program experience. Team Lead will be responsible for managing teams of 2-3 individuals during their term of service.

Location: Various Locations throughout Utah and Colorado (Please specify preferred locations on your Resume/Cover Letter)

Salt Lake City, UT   -   Richfield, UT  -   Fillmore, UT  -   Moab, UT  -   Cedar City, UT  -   Vernal, UT

Price, UT  -   Monticello, UT  -    Monte Vista, CO  -   Canon City. CO

Project Background and Objectives: Under the direction and supervision of the BLM staff, the AIM teams will monitor areas within various public lands managed by various UT based Field Offices. Range and public land allotments across the assigned areas will be inventoried and/or monitored, focusing on Sage-Grouse populations, as well as overall condition of landscape and resources. The AIM Crew will manage all aspects of landscape monitoring using the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring methodology.

Within all plots landscape and vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, shrub density will be measured, and soil descriptions will be required. All point data will be gathered using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geo-database. Once fieldwork is completed, the data will be entered into a DIMA (Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment) database, analyzed, and synthesized into a report for future land management planning.

For more information on AIM methods, please visit: http://wiki.landscapetoolbox.org/doku.php/protocols:blm_aim_strategy_assessment_inventory_and_monitoring 

For more information on Sage-Grouse Monitoring, please visit: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/lup/21152/48421/52584/GRSG-FINAL-Monitoring_Framework_20140530.pdf

Site Information and History:

You can also visit www.usaconservation.org for more information about ACE and the EPIC program.

Start Date: 

  • Team Leaders: April 2018 (flexible)
  • Team Members: May 2018

* All interns must be available to attend training in early May. Exact dates still to be determined*

Compensation: weekly stipend

  • Team Leaders Utah: $620/week
  • Team Leaders Colorado: $650/week
  • Team Members Utah: $560/week
  • Team Members Colorado: $480/week (plus $2200 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of internship)

Qualifications: 
Applicants should have degree (or be working towards a degree) in natural resource management, ecology, botany, range science, wildlife biology, biology, conservation biology, or related field.  Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.  

The applicant must have experience identifying plants to species and experience with a taxonomic key is essential to the position to identify flora to species. A familiarity with Utah/Colorado flora is beneficial. 

For our Team leader applicants, demonstrated leadership experience in field data-collection or another relevant team management setting will be essential.

Required:

  • Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card.
  • Team Leaders must be 21-30 years of age. Team Members must be between 18-30 years of age. Applicants with recent Masters Degree's or pursuing Master's degree's up to age 35, will be considered.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, must be 21+ to qualify to drive ACE vehicles. Driving history record checks will be completed by ACE upon enrollment, if selected. 
  • Have demonstrated plant identification skills/experience. Field experience preferred.
  • Interns must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience.
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professional.

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of AIM Methodology and/or experience using AIM methods in the field.
  • Experience using the Utah Flora or other dichotomous keys.
  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management.
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

AIM/ACE Members must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section, located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the BLM AIM Program Coordinator, Katelyn Jordan, at kjordan@usaconservation.org or 385-377-4116.

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Job Level

Entry-level

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO