AIM Internship: Colorado

Bureau of Land Management (White River Field Office)
Meeker, CO
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$13 per hour, plus $25 per night camping per diem
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The BLM White River Field Office in Meeker, CO is hiring a field crew to collect vegetation and soils data throughout the resource area. The AIM program was initiated to improve the effectiveness of monitoring activities on BLM land by providing a standardized process for the BLM to collect quantitative information on condition and trend of natural resources on the nation’s public lands. BLM lands are managed at a variety of scales, from individual field offices, to district and state level, as well as the national scale. Standardized AIM protocols allow monitoring to occur at multiple scales to inform decision making.

The AIM protocol requires collecting six terrestrial core indicators in a 60m wide circular plot. The indicators provide information about terrestrial ecosystems and include parameters that look at plant species diversity, abundance using the line point intercept method, gaps between vegetation, and soil structure and stability. These core indicators are collected at each plot and among several different types of vegetation communities. For more information please visit or

Internship Details:
Employment is expected to start in early to May and work for 5 to 6 months. It is necessary for each crew member to attend AIM training, at the end of May in Grand Junction, CO. Crew members are expected to work 40 hours a week (4-10hr days). Commonly, crews may work more than 40 hours, often working longer days or an occasional Friday. If extra hours are incurred during the work week, interns will be able to take time off during or at the end of the field season. Crews often travel over 2 hours to reach plots and camping is sometimes necessary to reduce drive time.
● Must be between 16-30 years old
● Experience with Rocky Mountain/Colorado Plateau plant identification, botanical terminology and using a dichotomous key is preferred
● Ability to maintain a safe and enjoyable work environment under challenging and variable conditions
● Ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain including ability to lift and carry loads up to 50lbs and hike up to 6 miles on uneven terrain
● Ability to work well with coworkers
● Field work often involves bending over and staying at a plot for up to 4 hours
● Knowledge of GIS and/or GPS use is helpful but not required
● Valid Driver’s License
● Experience operating a 4x4 truck on rugged terrain

To Apply: Rocky Mountain Youth Corp at
Send resume, cover letter, & 3 references to Liz Doby (

Positions: 3 Crew Members

Compensation: $13/hour for 900 hours, plus $25 per night camping per diem

Start Date: May 1, 2017 (negotiable, but must start by May 22)

BLM Contact:
Mary Taylor:
White River Field Office
220 East Market Street
Meeker, CO 81641
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Mary Taylor
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