AIM Positions: Colorado

Agency
Rocky Mountain Youth Corp (RMYC) and Western Colorado Conservation Corp (WCCC)
Location
Northwest Colorado
Job Category
Internships
Salary
13.00
Last Date to Apply
05/12/2017
Website
https://www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org/internship-program
Description
Rocky Mountain Youth Corp (RMYC) and Western Colorado Conservation Corp (WCCC) are hiring interns to work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the 2017 field season in Northwestern Colorado.
These positions will be assisting local land managers with botanical, soil, and rangeland surveys, management of invasive plants, projects relating to fire restoration, and/or monitoring sage grouse habitat. These positions are a great way to get your foot in the door with federal land management agencies.

Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Internships (13 positions)
We are expecting to hire field crews at each of the Colorado BLM field offices in Kremmling, Craig, Meeker and Grand Junction. Each crew will be assisting a crew lead to carry out the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy.

Program Overview:
The AIM program was initiated to improve the effectiveness of monitoring activities on BLM land. The AIM program provides a standardized process for the BLM to collect quantitative information on the 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
http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org or
https://jornada.nmsu.edu/aim.

Internship Details:
Employment is expected to start in early to mid-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. 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:
● Attend AIM method training (May, Grand Junction)
● Collect vegetation data using Line Point Intercept (LPI) methods
● Assist in plant identification at each plot by using dichotomous keys
● Press and document unknown plant species to be identified back at the office
● Assist digging a 70 cm deep soil pit at each plot and record soil layers, textures and hues
● Measure canopy gap and herbaceous heights at frequent intervals along a transect
● Record quality data and routinely do quality checks
● Drive a government 4x4 vehicle on less traveled 2-track roads
● Carry a heavy pack over uneven terrain
● Navigate using maps and GPS units
● Assist in weekly planning
● Sometimes tasks are tedious and having a good work ethic is essential
Qualifications
Qualifications:
● 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 often changing conditions
● Ability to conduct physically strenuous field work in rugged terrain including ability to lift and carry loads up to 30lbs 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 GPS is helpful but not required,
● Valid Driver’s License
● Experience operating a 4x4 truck on washed out roads or loose sandy roads
● Ability to supply your own camping gear
● Work days can be long and tough, enthusiasm is essential

To Apply: Kremmling Field Office, Little Snake Field Office & White River Field Office:
Positions: 1 Crew Lead (Meeker only); 2 Crew Members at each Field Office (7 positions total)

To Apply: Rocky Mountain Youth Corp at
https://www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org/internship-program

Send resume, cover letter, & 3 references to Liz Doby (lizd@rockymountainyouthcorps.com) Compensation: $13/hour for 900 hour, possible per diem when camping
Start Date: Meeker: May 1, 2017; Kremmling & Craig: May 15, 2017

BLM Contact:
Amy Birtwistle: abirtwistle@blm.gov (Kremmling)
Ricci Simmons: resimmons@blm.gov (Craig-Little Snake)
Mary Taylor: m6taylor@blm.gov (Meeker-White River Field Office)

Grand Junction Field Office:
Positions: 2 Crew Leaders and 4 Crew Members (for 2 crews):

To Apply: Western Conservation Corp at
http://www.wcccpartners.org/blm-internships
Compensation: $13/hour for 900 hour, possible per diem when camping
Deadline: April 18, 2017
Start Date: May 15, 2017
BLM Contact: Anna Lincoln: alincoln@blm.gov; Heidi Plank: hplank@blm.gov

Field Offices:
Kremmling Field Office
https://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/kfo.html
2103 E. Park Avenue
Kremmling, CO 80459

Little Snake Field Office
https://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/lsfo.html
455 Emerson Street
Craig, CO 81625

White River Field Office
https://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html
220 East Market Street
Meeker, CO 81641

Grand Junction Field Office
https://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Contact Person
Liz Doby
Contact eMail
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