BLM INTERNSHIPS

Delivering direct service

Interested in making public land management a career? The WCCC BLM Internship Program is a unique opportunity to work directly with the Bureau of Land Management.

 

The WCCC has opportunities to serve directly with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), through the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and other assistance agreements.  Positions range from hydrology work, cadastral surveying, travel management, botany and others.  Positions are available throughout the state of Colorado.  

 

General Requirements for all CYCA internships:

 

  • Age: Young adults ages 16 to 30 (inclusive) or veterans up to age 35.

    • If a participant turns 31 during their internship (or 36 for veterans) he or she may continue the term but may not be extended or begin a new internship project.

    • The program falls under the purview of the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority.

  • Veteran Status: Only necessary for veteran-specific internship opportunities.

Education Level: See individual position descriptions for education requirements

 

Check regularly for available positions. All positions are posted for at least three weeks and will be kept posted until the position is filled

 

 

Current Openings

To apply,  email resume to 
tweimer@mesapartners.org

Please include the position title in subject line.

 

The Riparian Monitoring Stewardship Internship will work with WCCC and RiversEdge West (REW) to conduct rapid monitoring assessments along sites in the Grand Junction area to inform the ecological condition of vegetation in riparian areas that have received restoration activities, most commonly invasive species removal such as tamarisk and Russian olive. The primary responsibility of this two-person crew is to gather monitoring data on riparian sites along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers and occasionally assist other conservation corps crews or land managers with maintenance work such as the treatment of invasive species and revegetation.   

The Riparian Monitoring Stewardship Internship will work with WCCC and RiversEdge West (REW) to conduct rapid monitoring assessments along sites in the Grand Junction area to inform the ecological condition of vegetation in riparian areas that have received restoration activities, most commonly invasive species removal such as tamarisk and Russian olive. The primary responsibility of this two-person crew is to gather monitoring data on riparian sites along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers and occasionally assist other conservation corps crews or land managers with maintenance work such as the treatment of invasive species and revegetation.   

In addition to member responsibilities, the Lead Riparian Monitoring Stewardship Intern will be responsible for driving, daily reports, and additional duties.  The Lead Intern will be compensated $15/hour

Recreation Intern

Grand Junction (posted 2/22/21)

The primary duties for the Recreation Technician Intern would include the following:  maintaining developed recreation facilities and conducting visitor contacts. Facilities maintenance responsibilities include cleaning toilet facilities, picking up litter, minor repairs to infrastructure (e.g. picnic tables, post and cable barriers), installing signs, and other tasks needed to ensure BLM facility investments are well maintained.

Visitor contacts include answering questions regarding recreational opportunities and conditions of use.

Occasionally, the intern would monitor Special Recreation Permits for commercial operations and for special events.

The duty station is Grand Junction, CO.  Work schedule is four ten-hour days (Fri. through Monday) each week.  Duties are primarily field based.

This position is located in the Division of Support Services, Branch of Information Services at the Colorado State Office (COSO) in Lakewood, Colorado.  The Branch of Information Services includes Geographic Sciences which provides statewide guidance and operational support for Geographic Information System (GIS), spatial database design, mobile data collection architecture and workflow support, and remote sensing/image processing.   The Team also coordinates and provides training for these areas.

 

MAJOR DUTIES

In coordination with the State Geospatial Manager, the incumbent will

  • Provide operational support to various GIS projects which could include but not limited to static and web maps, data editing within enterprise geodatabases, scripting, analysis and other GIS related projects.

  • Generate/maintain digital geo-referenced spatial data (geospatial data) and evaluate it for spatial accuracy and source data consistency.

  • Generate, modify, and/or evaluate metadata for geospatial data.

  • Assist Field Offices in GIS database construction and maintenance.

  • Work with a diverse group of resource specialists, planners, and managers.

This position will assist the Wilderness Manager in conducting Wilderness/WSA monitoring on 118,560 acres and conduct trail maintenance in Wilderness/WSA

Alpine Loop Interns (2 positions)-

Gunnison Field Office (posted 2/22/21)

The BLM will be designating campsites on the Alpine Loop Back Country  Byway in 2021.  This position will assist with the coordination of efforts between BLM Recreation Staff and CYCA crews working on the campsite designation project.

Wildlife Technicians (2 positions)

Gunnison Field Office (posted 2/22/21)

Two interns are need to: (1) collect wildlife and habitat data for wildlife projects in the Gunnison Basin, and (2) work on road management projects designed to improve habitat conditions for multiple wildlife species.  The interns may also work on weed management and weed mapping projects in collaboration with the BLM weeds program.  Work will be mainly outdoors.  Access to work sites requires navigation by GPS, mobile device, and/or maps over rough roads in a 4x4 vehicle.  Field work is often conducted by foot, off-trail, over rough, mountainous terrain while carrying tools and equipment.

 

The interns will assist on a big game utilization project to assess the condition of big game winter range in the Gunnison Basin.  Data will be collected on transects at long-term monitoring sites across the basin. Strong applicants will be able to identify local shrub species and be familiar with forage ecology of wintering big game.  The interns will also work on a bat acoustic monitoring project.  The interns will be trained on monitoring protocol and will then be responsible for monitor deployment and will ensure data collection, equipment settings, and sample site locations follow the protocol.  Interns will need to apply an understanding of bat behavior and habitats to assist with selection of sample sites using a combination of GIS, maps, and field reconnaissance. 

 

Road management work will include route inventory, planning route closures, building barriers, installing signs, and provide assistance to work crews.  Work will require ability or willingness to learn to drive a truck with a trailer and use power tools.

AIM-HAF Crew Member

Grand Junction Field Office (posted 2/3/21)

The participant will assist in wildlife habitat monitoring within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office, Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA), and McInnis Canyons NCA.  Primary duties will include working on a crew to conduct Assessment and Inventory Monitoring and Habitat Assessment Framework for Gunnison Sage-grouse habitat across the field office.  This is a field position that will involve plant identification, soil typing, map reading, and long days hiking, occasionally camping and working in remote areas.  After field work is complete the intern will gain experience entering field data into a national database, managing photographic records, keying out plants, and hitch planning for the next weeks’ field work.  Skills desired in an intern would be: strong plant ID skills; familiarity with, and skill keying out plants; knowledge of soils, and the ability to field verify soil types; comfort working in a group; enjoyment of hiking, camping and outdoor field work in rugged, hot and remote desert environments; ability to read and navigate by map; ability to use a GPS unit & create maps; knowledge of wildlife and safety practices, and experience establishing and/or reading plant studies. The ideal candidate would be highly dependable, and possess strong organizational skills. Experience operating a 4-wheel drive vehicle is preferred but not required.  While the intern would primarily work as a member of the AIM crew, opportunities would be provided for the intern to participate in other activities that give the intern a good overview of the Field Office setting and the many different resource issues challenging BLM.

AIM-HAF Crew Lead

Grand Junction Field office (posted 2/3/21)

The participant will coordinate and lead wildlife habitat monitoring within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office, Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area (NCA), and McInnis Canyons NCA.  The planned workload for the intern will focus on landscape monitoring, and inventory work. The successful applicant will work as a member and crew lead of an Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) and Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) for Gunnison Sage-grouse habitat crew. The crew lead will be responsible for planning logistics of field work, training and supporting crew members, building and maintaining crew cohesion, problem solving, and coordinating with mentor and supervisor. This is a field position that will involve plant identification, soil typing, map reading, and long days hiking, occasionally camping and working in remote areas.  After field work is complete the intern will gain experience entering field data into a national database, managing photographic records, keying out plants, and hitch planning for field work in subsequent weeks.  Skills desired in an intern would be: strong plant ID skills; familiarity with, and skill keying out plants; knowledge of soils, and the ability to field verify soil types; comfort working in a group; enjoyment of hiking, camping and outdoor field work in rugged, hot and remote desert environments; ability to read and navigate by map; ability to use a GPS unit and create maps; knowledge of wildlife and safety practices, and experience establishing and/or reading plant studies. The ideal candidate would be highly dependable and possess strong organizational and leadership skills. Experience operating a 4-wheel drive vehicle is preferred but not required. While the intern would primarily work as an AIM/HAF crew lead, opportunities would be provided for the intern to participate in other activities that give the intern a good overview of the Field Office setting and the many different resource issues challenging BLM.

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