Range Monitoring Intern: New Mexico

Conservation Corps New Mexico
Carlsbad, NM
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Living Stipend $520/week; Additional Housing Allowance $200/week
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Title: Range Monitoring Intern (2 openings) Start/End Date: ASAP to Fall (anticipated); Open to May starts for graduating seniors Term: 36 weeks Stipend: $520/week Reports To: Rangeland Management Location: BLM Carlsbad Field Office (620 East Greene St, Carlsbad, NM 88220) Status: 1200-hour AmeriCorps Service Term Benefits: housing allowance $200/week; professional development $1,000; AmeriCorps Education Award $4,546 and Public Lands Corps Certificate* - both with successful completion of the internship; health insurance eligible Position Summary: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad, New Mexico Field Office is providing an opportunity for two qualified individuals to assist the Range department with monitoring of rangeland resources to best determine grazing prescriptions for the health of the landscape. The Range department authorizes and manages the livestock grazing on public lands within the Carlsbad Field Office and maintains over 200 on approximately 2 million acres. The selected individuals will work with permanent Range staff to identify allotments in need of monitoring and data will be collected at established monitoring sites. Interns will travel to these pre-planned sites for gathering identified information in the form of photographs, GIS data, and monitoring data and then upload this information to their respective online databases/folders. The position will be primarily field based, with some office work as well. Schedules will be developed to ensure completion so long days and irregular hours may be required to complete field work. Other opportunities may arise to address related interests the interns may want to pursue. The Carlsbad Field Office administers over 2 million acres of surface estate and 3 million acres of mineral estate in the southeastern portion of New Mexico. The Field Office is located within the extent of the Permian Basin, a prolific oil basin in the United States, and one of the oldest oil fields in the nation, having been in operation since the 1920s. There are many recreational opportunities in the rolling limestone foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains and the rugged Chihuahuan Desert environment. The Carlsbad Field Office does not have available housing. Interns must provide their own personal transportation to the duty office. Essential Responsibilities and Functions: Work with Range staff to select grazing allotments that are due for monitoring and create monitoring schedules. Assist in data collection at established monitoring sites within grazing allotments including plant identification, plant production estimation, and rangeland health evaluation Use GIS, GPS, and written directions to locate and navigate to established monitoring sites. Become familiar with specific database entry protocol. Synthesize data from survey forms and enter into appropriate database. Assist with allotments in need of compliance inspections. Travel to field sites to locate range improvements, inspect item, and detail observations.
Required Skills Minimum Qualifications: Familiarity with rangeland plant identification and soils identification. Basic understanding of common range practices. Familiarity using GPS and ability to work with maps. Willingness to hike in rough terrain with exposure to the elements. Applicants must pass a Department of Interior security background check and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record. Preferred Qualifications: Beginner to intermediate experience with GIS. Pursuing or holding an undergraduate degree in range science, ranch management, or related field. Ability to drive an off-road vehicle on rugged and/or unimproved gravel or dirt roads. Familiarity with hot, desert environments.
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