Range Monitoring Intern
Title: Range Monitoring Intern (1 openings)
Start/End Date: September 6, 2022- September 1, 2023 (anticipated)
Term: 52 weeks
Reports To: Rangeland Management Specialist
Location: BLM Rio Puerco Field Office (100 Sun Ave NE Suite 330 Albuquerque, NM 87107)
Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $6,345; Public Lands Corps Certificate; both with successful completion of the internship. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps childcare assistance.
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) Albuquerque, New Mexico Field Office is providing an opportunity for a qualified individual to assist the Field Office with Weeds program vegetation management and Range program monitoring/administration. From sandstone cliffs to forested volcanic mountains, the selected individuals will be tasked with assisting Rangeland Management Specialists with noxious weeds/invasive plants treatments (chemical, mechanical) and presence/absence surveys throughout these treasured landscapes. The selected individuals will also assist in conducting Rangeland Health Assessments, compliance checks, trend monitoring, infrastructure mapping, and general administration duties. The position will be primarily field based, with some office work. Long days and irregular hours may be required to complete field work. Interns will have opportunities to work with other programs in the office to encourage growth and experience.
The Rio Puerco Field Office administers over 900,000 acres of public lands, has a National Conservation Area, two Wilderness areas, and six Wilderness Study Areas, and many Area’s of Critical Environmental Concern. The Rio Puerco Field Office is a great place to experience the great outdoors, interact with the local cultures and history, camp under the stars; and view wildlife; all while having the modern amenities of city life.
The Taos Field Office does not provide housing. Interns must provide their own personal transportation to the duty office.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
- Assists RMS’ in conducting Rangeland Health Assessments, as well as vegetation trend monitoring (line point intercept, utilization, production, etc)
- Conducts compliance checks on grazing allotments, assess infrastructure condition and location (including identifying fences for replacement)
- Assist Rangeland Management Specialists (RMS) in implementing chemical and mechanical weeds treatments, under the supervision of a licensed applicator (RMS)
- Conducts presence/absence surveys for State and Federal listed noxious weed and invasive species throughout the Field Office.
- Assists RMS’ in identifying and fixing mapping errors on GIS.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of term and the ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
- Ability to keep accurate records and organizational skills.
- 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.
- Willingness to handle and work with herbicides, including using backpack sprayers for long periods of time.
- Ability to operate 4x4 vehicles over rough terrain and navigate to remote field sites.
- Applicants must pass a Department of Interior security background check and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
- Beginner to intermediate experience with GIS.
- Pursuing or holding an undergraduate degree in range science, weed science, ranch management, or related field.
- Familiarity with noxious weeds/invasive species management
- Ability to calculate application rates, conversions, acreage estimates, etc.
- 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.
- Ability to hike and navigate in rough terrain.
- 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
- Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national
- Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization
- Appropriately represent Conservation Corps New Mexico, the BLM and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all
- Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work
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
- Effectively perceive and understand significant and apparent hazards, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during the exposure to the hazard. Ability to respond appropriately to stress or
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
- If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self- medicating without assistance from
- In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
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. This process will determine the internship’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.
*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive, at the time the individual begins the term of service.
To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at https://corpsnm.org/individual-placement-openings. If you have questions, contact CCNM’s Program Coordinator, SamJean Simmons at email@example.com.
For more information about Conservation Corps New Mexico, please visit www.corpsnm.org. Conservation Corps New Mexico is a program of Conservation Legacy.
This position is located at BLM Rio Puerco Field Office (100 Sun Ave NE Suite 330 Albuquerque, NM 87107), Albuquerque. View the Google Map in full screen.