Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Utah State Office, is seeking Multiple TEAM LEAD Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) Interns for up to 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 Master's degree and/or direct AIM program experience. Team Lead will be responsible for managing teams of 2 individuals during their term of service.
Start Date: May 2017, Lead must attend mandatory training with team May 16th to May 19th. (Leads will begin their term's prior to team's arrival to prepare).
Location: Various Field Offices throughout Utah. Confirmed locations include: Fillmore, Vernal, Price, Richfield, Moab, and Cedar City.
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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 the Fillmore Field Office. 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.
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Compensation: $620 per week living allowance (Stipend). Typical workweek will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. Some survey protocols will require an adjustment of the work day however; bi-weekly totals will amount to 80 hours.
Housing: Housing is dependent on location. More information will be available at a later date. Some camping may be required during term of service. Camping equipment will be provided by ACE.
Position Description: Team Leads will come on board roughly a month prior to the team's start dates for onboarding and training. Team Members will come on board late April/Early May to attend full AIM regional trainings. Teams will work for 15 weeks in the field. Upon completion of team work, Leads may be required to stay on a few weeks to complete any necessary reporting related to AIM.
Approximately 80% of the work will be outdoor fieldwork and the remainder will be office work. Fieldwork will be in an outdoor environment where climate, weather, and terrain require can be demanding.
Training: The team's will jointly attend a training provided by the BLM during the first week of their internship. All interns must be available for this training. Candidate ability/availability to attend this training will be a determining factor in the hiring process. Initial trainings will be attended in the first week of May, 2017.
Qualifications: Applicants should have 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 flora is beneficial.
Demonstrated leadership experience in field data-collection or another relevant team management setting will be essential.
Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card.
Must be 18-26 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, and use of a personal vehicle.
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.
Ability to successful lead/manage a crew of 2 in normal to adverse conditions.
Clearly defined leadership skills/experience.
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 ACE EPIC National Program Manager, Kelly Barrett at (395) 272-0472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.