Summer Range Monitoring Internship: New Mexico

Conservation Corps New Mexico
Farmington, NM
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$580 weekly living stipend
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Start/End Date: June 5, 2023- August 25, 2023 (anticipated) Stipend: $580/week Term: 12 weeks Reports To: Barbara Witmore (Range Management Specialist) Location: BLM Farmington Field Office (6251 College Blvd. Farmington, NM 87401) Status: 450-hour AmeriCorps Service Term Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award 1,374.60 with successful completion of the internship Summary: 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 Position Summary: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office (FFO) manages over 1.4 million acres of surface estate and 2.7 million acres of mineral estate. The office is comprised of a diverse group of specialists who all serve the public and work to fulfill our agencies multiple use mission. The BLM is an integral part of the community, we work closely with our public land users to allow for responsible use and work to improve public lands. The FFO Range staff desires motivated interns to help accomplish 2023 monitoring goals while gaining experience in multiple use management. The BLM FFO is seeking 1 qualified individual to work as Range Monitoring Interns. Duties will focus on fieldwork during our monitoring season, with the option of office work during periods of poor weather. This position is 85-90% field work, conducting vegetation monitoring. Vegetative monitoring consists of pre- and post- vegetative cover monitoring of sagebrush treatments areas, including navigating to previously monitored sites using GPS data. The intern will be collecting vegetation data, plant id, point intercept, etc. The intern will assist in other monitoring projects. These include participation in rangeland health assessments (RHAs) livestock grazing utilization and forage production collections. Other alternative projects may include inventory of rangeland improvement projects, flagging of new projects or organization of collected data. Administrative work includes input of previously collected monitoring data. Instruction on how to collect monitoring data would be demonstrated during first week of service. The intern will work out of the main office and have opportunity to network with other natural resource specialists during office periods and possibly cross train. Depending on extra time from primary tasks, intern may attend on-sites with the surface group, assist biologist or wildlife staff. Essential Responsibilities and Functions: Use GIS to set up GPS or other data collection devices, create maps for described sites. Become familiar with monitoring protocol. Travel within 2-hour driving radius from the FFO office to sagebrush and trend plot monitoring areas. Organize data for electronic and hard copy databases. Assist with additional range monitoring as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: A working knowledge of GIS (ArcMap 10.7 or higher) and GPS data collection techniques. Using maps/GPS to find monitoring or project locations. Ability to drive 4-wheel vehicle comfortably in remote areas. Organizational skills, attention to detail on data sheets, & time management on assignments. Native plant identification including local weeds (or ability to learn quickly). Ability to follow monitoring protocols for trend and vegetative surveys. Ability to work cooperatively in a team, communicate effectively, and remain flexible/adaptable to changing situations in the field. Mandatory Requirements: Completing Defensive Driving and 4-wheel Driving courses (links provided by BLM). Obtaining clearance from BLM for building and computer access (direction from BLM staff). Ability to work outdoors in semi-isolated areas and summer weather conditions, including ability to walk moderate distances over difficult or uneven terrain. 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: Pursuing or holding an undergraduate degree in range science, ranch management, or related natural resources field.
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