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Botany Support Specialist Intern (Farmington, NM)


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6251 College Blvd, Suite A, Farmington, New Mexico

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Title: Botany Support Specialist Intern (1 Opening)


Start/End Date: April 1, 2024 - March 7, 2025 (anticipated); open to May start for graduating seniors


Living Stipend: $580/week


Term: Full-Time, 40 hours/week 49 weeks

Location: Bureau of Land Management- Farmington Field Office (FFO) 6251 College Blvd Suite A Farmington, NM 87402

Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (approximately 60% field work and 40% office work)

Benefits: Housing allowance $325/week; $500 travel/training funds; AmeriCorps Education Award up to $6,895 and Public Lands Corps Certificate* that allows for competitive hiring for USA jobs/government jobs - both with successful completion of the internship; health insurance eligible.


 AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to serve their country, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, and improve lives and communities. Environmental stewardship programs help conserve natural habitats, improve energy efficiency, protect clean air and water, and help to mitigate the effects of climate change among other environmental efforts.


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.



These Individual Placement Positions are unique development opportunities. Interns are paired with a local supervisor and gain technical, hands-on experience in the work of these organizations or agencies. Site supervisors commit to facilitate career development; provide an introduction to numerous pathways within the conservation field; and create accessible, meaningful, learning opportunities and experiences for interns.


Position Summary:

The Farmington Field Office encompasses 1.4 million acres and manages 9 Special Status Plant Species (SSPS), including 3 species federally listed as Threated or Endangered, and 2 that are proposed for listing. The Botany Intern position’s purpose is to assist the Bureau of Land Management’s Botanist with SSPS monitoring and surveying, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, data and file management (including ArcGIS), and any additional field or project work, as needed.

 Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  •  During the field season (April-September): assist the BLM Botanist with rare plant monitoring on established plots and transplant areas, conduct surveys following established protocols, assist rare plant and seed collection crews that periodically conduct work in the field office.
  • Utilize Collector, Survey123, Field Maps, and QuickCapture for data collection.
  • Assist in NEPA language for environmental assessments and permit review processes, attend on-sites for proposed projects.
  • Analyze the effects of management activities on natural resources for environmental assessments.
  • Assist with Rangeland Health Assessments, utilizing data collected by the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) crew.
  • Assist with management and storage of data provided by 3rd parties, including Biological Survey Reports and ArcGIS files with survey data.
  • Opportunities may arise to assist the BLM Wildlife Biologist and USFWS Biologist with their field work/projects.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Per federal grant requirements, this internship is for young adults between the ages of 18-30 (35 for veterans), inclusive, at the time the individual begins term of service.
  • Applicants must have a background in plant identification and be able to use a dichotomous key.
  • Bachelor's or associate degree in a related field (botany, conservation management, environmental science, biology, etc.).
  • Ability to hike long distances off-trail for multiple days a week, in strenuous conditions.
  • 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 Capture.
  •  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 (including field work) 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:

  • Experience driving a 4x4 vehicle in backcountry conditions.
  • Experience with ArcGIS.
  • Proficiency in scientific writing.
  • Knowledge or familiarity of Southwest native plants.


Working Conditions: Applicant must be comfortable with both field and office work. Field work may consist of 10-hour days, hiking off trail, bending and crouching, and various weather conditions including extreme heat. Applicant will be expected to drive a BLM truck on dirt roads, in 4x4 conditions, and successfully navigate using a GPS. The intern will have office space to utilize within the BLM field office, and work on a BLM provided computer.


 Physical Requirements:

  • 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. 


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 differences.
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment, no harassment of others for any reason.
  •  Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
  • Appropriately represent Conservation Corps New Mexico, the BLM and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.


 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 winds.
  • 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 crises.
  • 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 others.


Substance Free:

·    In accordance with a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in program activities and while on organization property.


Background Check:

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 government 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 including attending necessary trainings and virtual education where necessary.


*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive (35 for veterans), at the time the individual begins the term of service.

Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.

To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at Consideration will be given as resumes are received and this position may close at any time. If you have questions, contact CCNM’s Individual Placement Director, Joy Hernández at  


For more information about Conservation Corps New Mexico, please visit Conservation Corps New Mexico is a program of Conservation Legacy.

This position is located at 6251 College Blvd, Suite A, Farmington, NM. View the Google Map in full screen.