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Rangeland Monitoring and Management Intern – Flagstaff, AZ

Organization: American Conservation Experience (ACE) in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Job Title: Rangeland Monitoring and Management Inter

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Hours and Compensation: $12 per hour for 40 hours per week.

Position Dates: September 3, 2012 (flexible for the right candidate) – March 2, 2013 (a 6-month commitment is required)

Application Deadline: August 27th, 2012

Posted On: August 8th, 2012

Organization Overview

BLM Utah manages approximately 22 million acres of grazing land statewide. Rangelands provide tremendous amount of social, economic and environmental value on a local, national, and global scale. They are a great resource not only for people but also for all other living organisms that inhabit the area; hence it is imperative to encourage and enhance sustainable practices to retain the value of such lands. To that end, the state government utilizes rangeland management plans to prevent excessive and unchangeable damage to these resources. The goal and focus of these plans is to improve and maintain conditions of rangelands by assessing and monitoring their health, making necessary changes to current trends and creating sustainable practices.

The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful experiences for youth while also providing a benefit to public land resources and its users. Interns will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with land managers primarily on rangeland conservation, management, and improvement projects.

Description

The ACE intern will assist rangeland managers and other BLM resource specialists in accomplishing a variety of tasks such as surveys, monitoring, maintenance, data entry, and habitat protection along with other duties associated with public land stewardship.

Responsibilities

  • Livestock counts under supervision of the range conservationist to determine range use.
  • Data entry into the Range Management Automated systems (RMAS) to assist in grazing administration.
  • Collecting and recording data for various range studies to determine condition, trend, utilization, and actual use of the land.
  • Providing assistance in identifying necessary range improvement projects for wells, reservoirs, fences, vegetation, etc. Intern will also inspect and inventory the condition of current projects.
  • Serving as a team member of the range inventory efforts including collecting, compiling and recording vegetation data on each site write-up area (SWA), and making observations on wildlife use.
  • Collecting and recording water source data from wells, pipelines, reservoirs, etc. as well as natural and man-made boundary lines defined by allotments, fences, and contours.
  • Organizing and coordinating field work with BLM and partner organizations and prioritizing overall duties as established by supervisor.
  • Establishing new monitoring protocol and continuing existing studies.
  • Other tasks include but are not limited to: some recreation management; building and maintaining fences; and writing for and contributing to the Federal Land Policy and Management process (FLPMA).

Work is partly in a field setting and partly in the office. The ACE intern may be required to work in remote areas managed by the St. George Field Office. This includes driving four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), and spending all day walking and working in rough, muddy, uneven terrain while lifting up to 50 pounds of gear. Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week and must be willing to work varied schedules throughout the internship.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a degree in rangeland management, ecology, botany, natural resource management, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. We are seeking determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in backcountry foot travel.
  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
  • Interns must be 18-­‐25 years old (candidates who are 26-­‐29 years old and have recently completed a 
relevant Master’s Degree will be considered).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle.
  • Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

Requested Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience with GPS units and ArcGIS software.
  • Applicants must have some knowledge of the NEPA, EA, and EIS processes.
  • Genuine interest and knowledge in range management and basic knowledge of methods used to develop and protect rangelands.
  • Plant identification skills.
  • Experience with different field data collection methods and following protocols.
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas.
  • Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles over rugged roads.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional.

The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references in ONE document to intern@usaconservation.org with “BLM Range Intern-Idealist Referred” in the subject heading of your email. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to call the Conservation Internship Supervisor, Melissa Burns at (801) 946-5379.

Note: The ACE website is currently under construction. Please do not visit the website to learn more information about this particular opportunity. Please visit the American Conservation Experience Facebook page to see the type of work, and the types of locations, performed by ACE Interns.

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