Title: Physical Scientist Intern (1 position)
Start/End Date: June 7, 2021- June 3, 2022
Term: 52 weeks, 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Location: BLM New Mexico State Office (301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508) Option to telework during COVID 19 Pandemic
Status: Full-time, Temporary
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $6,095, Public Land Corps Certificate*. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps childcare assistance.
*Both with successful completion of the program.
Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM):
Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. The CCNM Individual Placement Program is managed from the Arizona Conservation Corps office in Tucson, Arizona. The CCNM program office in Las Cruces manages the CCNM field program.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico Land and Resources Division is providing an opportunity for one qualified individual to serve as a Physical Science Intern. The intern will work with large downloads of data and convert it to meaningful summary reports, graphs, charts, presentations, GIS data, and general databases of information. Specific data may include chemical concentrations, visibility information in kilometers, well counts and types, emissions of greenhouse gas pollutants, climate change analysis and oil, coal, and gas production volumes. This intern will work under a BLM Physical Scientist.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Compile summaries of greenhouse gas emissions using the Facility Level Information GHG Tool (FLIGHT) and the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks.
• Arrange data into separate databases, PowerPoints, documents, GIS, and other graphical representations.
• Perform a gap analysis and obtain information for well type, activity, productivity, and source emission data within the Permian Basin, San Juan Basin, and other BLM NM areas.
• Establish historical values for number, type, and productivity of wells using various databases.
• Use existing data contained in excel calculators to determine and list emission sources during the construction and operations phases of well production.
• Compare BLM NM data to other BLM field office emission sources.
• Work with a NM Air Resource Specialist to determine gaps in current well emission source methodology and develop a written plan to fill in data analysis gaps.
• Assist with gathering information and various graphical data, including GIS data, for input into the Annual Air Resources Report and Oil and Gas Lease Sale National Environmental Policy Act documents.
• Applicants should possess or be in the process of obtaining an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, physical science, or a related environmental degree.
• Applicants should demonstrate strong organizational skills, have experience working as part of a team, and be able to work well with others in a professional setting.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite products such as Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
• Applicants must pass a DOI security background check, and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• Proficient or familiar with GIS.
• Previous experience with a Conservation Corps or youth-serving organization.
• To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms.
• This position calls for high levels of concentration. A moderate amount of travel is required to attend meetings, provide assistance to other field offices, and to provide or receive training.
• Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:
Participation and Expedition Behavior:
• Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
• Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
• Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service. Members must commit to participating in all team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable.
• Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
Safety and Judgment:
• Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. Must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
• Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
• Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
• If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
A DOI background clearance must be completed before the selected candidate may report to duty. The BLM will provide instructions for completion of the clearance after an intern has been selected and will notify them when they have been cleared to start the internship. Completion of the BLM background check will determine the member’s exact start date
Interns will have access to government facilities and systems, and will be supplied with access to gov’t vehicles, equipment, and materials needed to work on the projects and activities as outlined above. Interns must adhere to all government regulations and policies for operating equipment, vehicles, security awareness, and safety.
• In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in program activities and while on organization property.