Colorado Internship – BLM Aquatic Monitoring

Passionate individual needed for an internship with the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.  This is an Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring position which is vital for maintaining the health of our public lands.  Ideal start date in May 1st and the position goes into
October but this is flexible due to late notice.    $520-$680 week, DOQ,
Americorps education award, and per Diem benefits.  See Position description below or

With Questions or to Apply, e-mail with your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your transcripts (an unofficial copy is okay)

Position Description – 2018

Partner Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Position:       Internship – Aquatic Monitoring Crew Member or Crew

Tentative Session Dates:        May, 2018- October, 2018.  Full-time,
temporary, exempt

Stipend:         Weekly stipend of $520-$680 per week

AmeriCorps Benefits:    Anticipated $2,215 AmeriCorps Education Award
(675 hour term) Upon successful completion of the season

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps’ Mission
Our mission is to engage young people in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives.  We teach responsibility for self, community, and environment through teamwork, service, and experiential education

Program Overview:
In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is seeking stream habitat assessment technicians crew members to assist in the implementation of the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The technicians will be trained in partnership with the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (Utah State University).  Interns will serve in a crew of 2 people (one crew lead mentor and one technician) to assess stream habitat. Technicians will sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the BLM’s aquatic AIM protocol. Successful applicants will spend 4-8 days in a row in the field camping and collecting water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples.

General Qualifications:
Desired Skills:
        An excellent attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn
        Coursework in natural resources/ecology or other scientific
        Field experience collecting scientific data
        Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
        The ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic
        The ability to serve in a field-based environment in harsh
weather conditions, with little contact with the outside world for up to
8 days at a time
        The ability to serve closely and amicably with 1-2 other field
technician(s) for several days at a time with little to no contact with other people
        The ability to interact and communicate professionally with
multiple stakeholders including: landowners, recreationalists, hunters, anglers, and BLM employees
        A high degree of comfort wading in all types of streams
including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, deep mud, and log jams
        A willingness to serve long days (10 – 12hrs)

Desired Experience:
        Experience with primitive camping
        Experience driving 4X4 vehicles on rough roads (or a willingness
to learn)
        A valid driver’s license
        Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills
        Wilderness first aid certification
        Leadership skills and experience
        Coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology

Applicant must be physically fit, able to stand and walk for long periods of time (at a minimum 6 miles/day) and lift items that weigh up to 50 pounds in upwards of 100 degree heat. The successful applicant will have experience and willingness to spend multiple days camping in remote areas and be familiar with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles. A personal vehicle is highly recommended for travel to and from the duty station and for personal time. Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas is also necessary. There is potential for serving in adverse conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions), so field safety skills and risk management are important. The successful applicant will attend ten days of AIM Core Methods training, ATV/UTV, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driving (or provide certification if still current).
Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

*       College Graduate
*       Driver’s License
*       U.S. Citizenship or permission to work in the US
*       In order to receive the AmeriCorps Education Award the
successful applicant must have one of the following:
*       Birth Certificate from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin
Islands, American Samoa, or Northern Mariana Islands
*       U.S. Passport
*       Report of birth abroad of a U.S. Citizen (FS-240)
*       Certificate of birth-foreign service (FS-545)
*       Certificate of naturalization (INS form n560 or N561)
*       Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
*       Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
*       A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary
evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
*       A departure record ( INS 194) indication that the INS has
approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent