Rare Plant and Pollinator Intern: New Mexico

Conservation Corps New Mexico
Taos, NM
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Weekly Living Stipend: $580; Weekly Housing Allowance: $300
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Title: Rare Plant and Pollinator Intern (1 opening) Start/End Date: May 1st, 2023 – October 27th, 2023 (anticipated) Stipend: $580/week Term: Full-Time, 40 hours/week – 26 weeks Location: Bureau of Land Management, Taos, NM (226 Cruz Alta Road Taos, NM) Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (90% field work and 10% office work) Benefits: Housing allowance $300/week; AmeriCorps Segal Education Award up to $3,247 and Public Lands Corps Certificate* that allows for competitive hiring for USA jobs/government jobs - both with successful completion of the internship. Summary: 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 CCNM office in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Position Summary: The Rare Plant and Pollinator Intern position’s purpose is to assist the Bureau of Land Management’s Ecologist/Botanist with rare plant and pollinator monitoring, surveying, NEPA, and other field work. Essential Responsibilities and Functions: • Conduct rare plant surveys for proposed actions, following a standardized protocol • Conduct surveys for milkweed and monarch monitoring, following a standardized protocol • Serve as a crew leader with a team of volunteers • Assist in NEPA language for environmental assessments and permit review processes • Analyze the effects of management activities on natural resources for environmental assessments • Assist in developing a citizen science program for pollinator monitoring • Utilize Collector, Survey123, Field Maps, and QuickCapture for data collection • Conduct surveys on western bumble bee habitat, following the Bumble Bee Watch protocol • Assist in bat acoustic monitoring
Minimum Qualifications: • Applicants must have a background in plant identification and be able to use a dichotomous key • Have a high school diploma or GED • Must be able to hike long distances for multiple days a week • Applicants must have strong project management, written and oral skills and be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS online, Survey 123, Quick Captures • Applicants should demonstrate strong organizational skills, have experience working as part of a team, be able to work well with others in a professional setting, be self-motivated, and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period • Applicants must have great attention to detail and be capable of problem solving • Applicants should have a general understanding of federal land resource management policies (e.g., multiple use management) Preferred Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (botany, conservation management, environmental science, biology, etc.) • Experience driving a 4x4 vehicle in backcountry conditions • Experience with ArcGIS • Proficiency in scientific writing • Knowledge or familiarity of Southwest native plants
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