ACE: Wildlife Biology Individual Placement – Cedar City, Utah BLM Field Office

Agency
American Conservation Experience
Location
Cedar City, Utah
Job Category
Internships
Salary
$600/week
Start Date
10/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
09/30/2021
Website
https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/625826.html
Description
To view full Job Description please visit, https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/625826.html Summary: The American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with the Cedar City BLM Field Office is seeking 1 Wildlife Biology Individual Placement to dedicate 34 weeks to assist BLM Wildlife Biologists in completing sensitive species projects. For more information about ACE, please visit www.usaconservation.org. Start Date: October 1, 2021 End Date: Up to 34 weeks from start *a 34-week minimum commitment is required* Location: Cedar City, UT The BLM Cedar City Field Office is responsible for the management of 2.1 million acres in Southwest Utah. The renewable resources division of the field office is responsible for the administration of the range, wildlife and fisheries, soil, water and air, forestry, sensitive plants, and wild horse and burro programs. The diversity of resources and issues surrounding them provide many opportunities for interdisciplinary and inter-agency projects. Recent projects stretch across many disciplines, including the development of grazing management systems, fuels treatments, Range Improvement Projects, Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation, and invasive species control. For more information about the BLMC Cedar City Field Office, please visit https://www.blm.gov/office/cedar-city-field-office. Position Description: During the term of service, the member will participate as an interdisciplinary team member to the Field Office's overall fieldwork and monitoring program for wildlife (Threatened and Endangered Species and General Wildlife). The individual working in this position can expect to apply their education in various settings, learning on-the-ground field applications, wildlife inventory and monitoring procedures, and practical application of the data for the BLM. The individual should expect to learn about a broad range of responsibilities and issues associated with the general wildlife and threatened and endangered species management programs. The individual will conduct wildlife inventories to thoroughly document species' presence, diversity, relative abundance, and distribution. Duties and responsibilities of the members will include but are not limited to the following: -Assist BLM Wildlife Biologists with wildlife surveys, data entry, and database management -Assist with various wildlife telemetry projects including capture and handling, manual tracking, retrieving transmitters, evaluating mortalities, and data entry -Assist with remote camera sensing projects including deploying cameras, reviewing photos for identification of species, and maintaining photo database -Assist with monitoring kit fox populations through spotlight counts, trail camera monitoring, capture and deploying radio transmitters, manual telemetry tracking, etc -Assist with raven and golden eagle point counts, capturing and deploying GPS transmitters, etc -Conduct protocol-level surveys and habitat monitoring for Utah prairie dogs -Assist with translocation efforts of Utah prairie dogs to BLM lands -Participate in pinyon jay monitoring as identified in the Pinyon Jay Conservation Strategy -Assessment of migratory birds use of habitat improvements for long term effects monitoring (i.e. bird point counts, raptor nest monitoring) -Assist with vegetation monitoring and habitat evaluations to support several disciplines -Assessments of impacts on wildlife habitat from vegetation treatments and/or BLM supported projects -Conduct wildlife survey clearances and generate reports prior to habitat restoration project implementation -Assist with design and layout of habitat improvement projects -Assist with wetland and riparian monitoring -GPS/GIS mapping of wildlife surveys to include species surveys, colony expansions, nest locations, and invasive species locations -Participate in the biological review of NEPA documents
Qualifications
Qualifications: Applicants must have previous experience and at minimum, a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Required: -Willing and able to represent ACE and BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner -Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group -Between the age of 21 and 35 -US Citizen or Permanent Resident -A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request) -Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks -Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation -Ability to and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor -Experience and interest in traveling in a backcountry environment -Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with the public -Wildlife identification skills particularly the ability to identify a variety of migratory birds (i.e. sagebrush obligates and raptors) -Plant identification skills -Ability to hike long distances and work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision -Experience with the use of a handheld GPS unit and Collector for ArcGIS General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) Preferred: -Experience in wildlife survey techniques and ability to follow species-specific protocols -Experience in wildlife capture and handling techniques -Experience in wildlife telemetry and the use of telemetry equipment -Experience with remote camera sensing research and methods -Experience in GIS using ArcMap, Collector for ArcGIS, and ability to generate maps -Experience in data entry and database management -Strong background in working independently and in remote areas -Practical knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources, combined with knowledge of the magnitude and complexity of GIS databases -Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources (range, wildlife, soil, water, mineral, and others) -Knowledge of Utah's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments
Contact Person
Elyse Cogburn
Contact eMail
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