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***On March 20, 2020 the Incident Response Team made the difficult decision to suspend crew-based programming. We are still running individual placement positions on a case-by-case basis depending on local government regulations and the scope of the work. 

Where it is possible and safe, we will be slowly be resuming operations. Ideally, we will be operating near full capacity by July 1st.

For our most up to date information regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation, please visit https://sccorps.org/ ***

WE ARE Still HIRING for 2020!

Adult, Youth, and Veteran Crew Leader positions are now posted! See below for details and links to apply!

Individual Placement positions (internships) may be added here but can always be found at our website!

*Positions available in both Durango and Salida, CO.

See below for more info, and follow the links for complete position descriptions and applications.

 

  • Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader-Multiple Locations in New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Leader

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 52 or 44 weeks

    Number of Positions: 4

    Location:                       Taos, and Albuquerque, and Farmington NM (52 weeks)

    Socorro, NM (approximately 44 weeks)

    Salary:                           $685/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          Taos and Albuquerque: From mid-April 2020 to mid-April 2021 (52 weeks)

    Socorro: From mid-April 2020 to mid-April 2021, with furlough from December 2020 to January 2021 (44 weeks)

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Crews will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    Supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in both DIMA and ArcGIS.

    The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders. Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew members’ experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other datacollection software
    • Selfmotivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.  The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on and off-highway.
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.
    • Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others
    • Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Familiarity with Colorado flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.
    • Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training

     

    To apply, visit https://sccorps.org/small-teams  and follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

     


     

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Member-Colorado and New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $520.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Member (Botany or Soils Emphasis)

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Location:                       Dolores, Montrose, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Cañon City, and Monte Vista, CO

    Taos, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Carlsbad, NM

    Living Stipend:             $520/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          Most crews run from May 4th, 2020 to mid-October 2020.

              Crews in Las Cruces and Carlsbad run from July 13th, 2020 to late December 2020.

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.  For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets for later use by land management specialists. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry, if time allows.

    Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Botany Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides botanical expertise to the Crew Lead and Soils Crew Member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes the species inventory the majority of the time. Maintains and tracks botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. Continues to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical knowledge. Botany Crew Member should be passionate about the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the Crew Lead and fellow Soils Crew Member. Botany Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Soils Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Soils Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides expertise on soils and soils-forming mechanisms that occur on and near plot to help characterize the site. Soils Crew Member will either perform or verify every soil pit characterization completed on plot, namely, soil horizons and textures. Works closely with Crew Lead to discuss and come to consensus on which ecological site or soil series the plot falls on.  May maintain specimens and records of unique soils throughout the field office to develop and maintain a unique soil library for the field office. Provides guidance on soil texturing techniques to Crew Lead and fellow Botany Crew Member. Soils Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Botany Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, soils science, geology, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field;
      • OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
    • Eligible to accept a 900 hour service term with AmeriCorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other data collection software
    • Self motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on and off-highway.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

    Preferred Qualifications (Botany Emphasis): 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
    • Familiarity with Colorado/New Mexico flora in general and Ackerfield’s Flora of Colorado/Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
    • Experience with floras from adjacent states to Colorado or New Mexico
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatiallybalanced monitoring designs
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Preferred Qualifications (Soils Emphasis): 

    • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites
    • Familiarity with New Mexico soils
    • Experience hand texturing various types of soils 
    • Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document all horizons
    • Experience using soil series descriptions, web soil survey, or equivalent soil data sets
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can augment the precision of soil maps
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

     

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:              Crew Lead

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 28 weeks

    Locations:                    Montrose, Dolores, Grand Junction, Cañon City, Monte Vista, and Gunnison, CO

    Salary:                          $685/week

    Benefits:                      Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          From mid-April 2020 to mid-November 2020

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology.  More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas.

    Within all plots, the crew identifies vegetation to species, gathers species cover and composition data using line-point intercept, measures soil surface stability, and describes soil pits.  Data are georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning.  The crew may also assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    The crew lead supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, development, and discipline.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment.  Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, and crew tasks.  Oversees equipment management. 

    Is a primary contact for the crew members, SCC staff, and BLM staff.  Completes necessary administrative paperwork.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members, project lead, and SCC staff.  Completes mid-term and end-of-term written evaluations for self and crew members.

    Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected.  As time allows, the crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders.  Written reports involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire, and wildlife programs within the BLM.  They should also be passionate about facilitating the crew members’ experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College degree (Bachelor’s, at minimum) in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM or similar methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Able to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Able to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
      • OR other communicable, proficient knowledge of plant identification
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other data-collection software
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. Must be able to operate in both office and field.
    • Willing to manage and empower crew members in accordance with SCC’s mission and the BLM’s expectations.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a maximum 6 miles/day to/from plot, plus walking on plot, on rough, uneven terrain); bending, crouching, and stooping for long periods of time; and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willing to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on- and off-highway.
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Able to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • With current, or able to obtain: CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.
    • Experience working as part of a team and able to work well with others
    • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Familiarity with CO flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.
    • Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis and statistical tests, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training
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  • Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Lead - New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Leader

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 33 weeks with possible extension of <8 weeks

    Number of Positions:   1

    Location:                       Las Cruces, NM

    Salary:                           $685/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          From early April 2020 to late November 2020

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center have developed the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework to fulfill the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) uses the most common indicators within the land health standards (and to functioning stream systems).  The NAMF promotes integrated data collection throughout the BLM by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches, electronic data capture and storage, tools for consistent data analysis and interpretation to inform management questions.  The NAMF is a standardized approach for how the BLM can meet multiple monitoring requirements in a consistent, quantitative and credible manner.

    Lead and technician (“crew member”) will work together to sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework.  They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data directly into SARAH (Stream and Rivers Assessment Hub), a tablet based data-recording database, while on site.  All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands.  Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.  The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving fisheries, wildlife, range, forestry and others.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    Supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in SARAH.

    The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders.  Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre-/post-treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew member’s experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, ecology, natural resource management, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM or similar methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others
    • Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Experience with and knowledge of some data-collection software
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional attitude
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on- and off-highway
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training Certificates

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in aquatic or terrestrial monitoring and leading a crew
      • Applicants with previous aquatic or terrestrial AIM experience is highly preferred.
    • Education and/or experience in hydrology, fisheries and/or water resource science
    • Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
    • Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can assist in the understanding of dynamic aquatic systems
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads
      • Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices
    • ATV/UTV training and experience
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps (PLC) program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Aquatic Ecological Monitoring Crew Member - New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $520.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Member

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Location:                       Las Cruces, NM

    Living Stipend:             $520/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,047.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          From mid-April 2020 to mid-September 2020.

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.  For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Aquatic Monitoring Center have developed the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework to fulfill the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative.  The National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) uses the most common indicators within the land health standards (and to functioning stream systems).  The NAMF promotes integrated data collection throughout the BLM by providing guidance for selection of sample reaches, electronic data capture and storage, tools for consistent data analysis and interpretation to inform management questions.  The NAMF is a standardized approach for how the BLM can meet multiple monitoring requirements in a consistent, quantitative and credible manner.

    Lead and technician (“crew member”) will work together to sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the National Aquatic Monitoring Framework.  They will collect water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples, entering all appropriate data directly into SARAH (Stream and Rivers Assessment Hub), a tablet based data-recording database, while on site.  All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase.  Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands.  Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the sample area throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.  The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving fisheries, wildlife, range, forestry and others.

    Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Assists and collaborates with the crew lead when planning fieldwork, managing equipment for the team, collecting data and controlling data quality.  Is interested in learning from the crew lead and BLM project lead throughout the field season.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew lead regarding performance.  The crew member should be passionate about monitoring aquatic resources and sound science principles and be an advocate for the AIM program in the Field or District Office.  Should have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, natural resource management, or a related field;
      • OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
    • Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I-9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
    • Experience with and knowledge of some data-collection software
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-6 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on- and off-highway
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

     

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, hydrology, fisheries, water resources science, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
    • Familiarity with the dynamic nature of streams and river systems dependent on monsoonal precipitation
    • Experience determining bank-full in dynamic stream systems
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (2-6 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120  hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.  Application involves cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  If interested in multiple locations, please mention and rank locations of interest.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    We anticipate beginning the interview process in January.  Apply now for advance consideration.  Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Member Multiple Locations

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $520.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Member (Botany or Soils Emphasis)

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Location:                       Dolores, Montrose, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Cañon City, and Monte Vista, CO

    Farmington, Taos, Albuquerque, and Socorro, NM

    Living Stipend:             $520/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:         Colorado: May 4th – Oct 9th, 2020

                                          New Mexico: May 11th – Oct 16th, 2020

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.  For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three or four individuals: two or three crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets for later use by land management specialists. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry, if time allows.

    Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Botany Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides botanical expertise to the Crew Lead and Soils Crew Member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes the species inventory the majority of the time. Maintains and tracks botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. Continues to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical knowledge. Botany Crew Member should be passionate about the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the Crew Lead and fellow Soils Crew Member. Botany Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Soils Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Soils Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides expertise on soils and soils-forming mechanisms that occur on and near plot to help characterize the site. Soils Crew Member will either perform or verify every soil pit characterization completed on plot, namely, soil horizons and textures. Works closely with Crew Lead to discuss and come to consensus on which ecological site or soil series the plot falls on.  May maintain specimens and records of unique soils throughout the field office to develop and maintain a unique soil library for the field office. Provides guidance on soil texturing techniques to Crew Lead and fellow Botany Crew Member. Soils Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Botany Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, soils science, geology, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field;
      • OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
    • Eligible to accept a 900hour service term with Americorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other datacollection software
    • Selfmotivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on and off-highway.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

    Preferred Qualifications (Botany Emphasis): 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
    • Familiarity with Colorado/New Mexico flora in general and Ackerfield’s Flora of Colorado/Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
    • Experience with floras from adjacent states to Colorado or New Mexico
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatiallybalanced monitoring designs
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Preferred Qualifications (Soils Emphasis): 

    • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites
    • Familiarity with New Mexico soils
    • Experience hand texturing various types of soils 
    • Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document all horizons
    • Experience using soil series descriptions, web soil survey, or equivalent soil datasets
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatiallybalanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can augment the precision of soil maps
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120  hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

     

     

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    Scroll and follow the link for this position to the electronic application.

    Application requires a cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

     

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  PLEASE SPECIFICALLY MENTION AND RANK LOCATIONS ON INTEREST.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply promptly.

     

    Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

     

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  • Ecological & Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader - New Mexico

    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Leader

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 52 or 44 weeks

    Number of Positions: 2

    Location:                       Albuquerque, NM (52 weeks, with the possibility of extension on the front end)

    Socorro, NM (44 weeks)

    Salary:                           $685/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          Albuquerque: ASAP, or from mid-April 2020 to mid-April 2021 (52+ weeks)

    Socorro: From mid-to late-April 2020 to mid-April 2021, with furlough from December 2020 to January 2021 (44 weeks)

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Crews will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    Supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in both DIMA and ArcGIS.

    The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders. Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew members’ experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other datacollection software
    • Selfmotivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.  The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on and off-highway.
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.
    • Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others
    • Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Familiarity with Colorado flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.
    • Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps (PLC) program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

     

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.    

    The application requires a cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

     

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  Please state or rank your interest in location.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

     

    Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

     

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Leader - Southern New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $685.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Leader

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 52 or 33 weeks

    Number of Positions: 4

    Location:                       Las Cruces, NM (52 or 33 weeks)

    Carlsbad, NM (52 weeks)

    Salary:                           $685/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; health benefits package

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:          Las Cruces: July 6, 2020 – July 2, 2021 (52 weeks)

                  or July 6, 2020 – Feb 19, 2021 (33 weeks)

    Carlsbad: Approx. June 22, 2020 – approx. June 18, 2021 (52 weeks)

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Crews will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three individuals, two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.

    Fieldwork is often in remote areas.  Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Crew Lead’s Responsibilities

    Supports and manages the field crew’s safety, wellbeing, and development.  Consistently exercises discretion and judgment. Coordinates field logistics, scheduling, crew tasks, and management of the crew’s equipment.  Provides/asks for feedback to/from crew members regarding performance.

    Is the primary contact between the crew and the SCC supervisor/BLM staff. Completes necessary administrative paperwork. Before, during, and after field data collection, the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected in both DIMA and ArcGIS.

    The crew lead will analyze, interpret, or make deductions for varying data, and will be required report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders. Written reports will be completed and involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

    The crew lead should be passionate about sound science principles, be an advocate for the AIM program in the field office, and have a willingness to learn about how AIM data could be used in range, forestry, fire and wildlife programs within the BLM.  The crew lead should be passionate about facilitating the crew members’ experience similarly.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field.
      • OR previous experience performing AIM methodology
    • Aged at least 21 years upon hire
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other datacollection software
    • Selfmotivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.  The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and fieldwork.
    • Willing to empower crew members to improve in performing their responsibilities.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity with and willingness to adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a work vehicle on and off-highway.
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads. Willingness to constantly teach and demonstrate best driving practices.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, First Aid and Defensive Driver Training Certificates
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience identifying and/or using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • At least 6 months’ experience in vegetation monitoring and leading a crew of 2 or more people
    • Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health experience are highly preferred.
    • Experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others
    • Have excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills
    • Familiarity with Colorado flora and its associated taxonomic keys is preferred.
    • Experience with hand texturing, characterizing soil pits, and identifying soil series or ecological sites based on observational and quantitative data
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcGIS Online interface
    • Knowledge of creating maps, performing basic analysis, and organizing data
    • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Field Safety and Risk Management Training

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps (PLC) program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120 hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

     

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    And follow the link for this position to the electronic application.    

    The application requires a cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

     

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  Please state or rank your interest in location.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

     

    Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

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  • Vegetation & Ecological Monitoring Crew Member - Southern New Mexico

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $520.00 / week

    Position Title:               Crew Member (Botany or Soils Emphasis)

    Position Type:              Full-time, temporary, 23 weeks

    Location:                       Las Cruces, NM or Carlsbad, NM

    Living Stipend:             $520/week

    Benefits:                       Paid training; camping food allowance; AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,907.50 upon satisfactory completion of term

    Hiring Benefits:           Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. 

    Program Dates:         July 16 – December 18, 2020

    Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.  For more information, visit www.sccorps.org.

    Program Overview:

    Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/.  Crews will consist of three or four individuals: two or three crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands.

    Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, soil stability will be measured, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets for later use by land management specialists. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry, if time allows.

    Work will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (“hitch”), camp overnight, hike several miles a day, and return to the office for equipment and data management.

    Botany Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides botanical expertise to the Crew Lead and Soils Crew Member while on plot, as well as to the project as a whole; completes the species inventory the majority of the time. Maintains and tracks botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. Continues to learn the local flora from the crew lead and local resources and builds botanical knowledge. Botany Crew Member should be passionate about the botanical world and have a willingness to share that knowledge with the Crew Lead and fellow Soils Crew Member. Botany Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Soils Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Soils Crew Member’s Responsibilities

    Provides expertise on soils and soils-forming mechanisms that occur on and near plot to help characterize the site. Soils Crew Member will either perform or verify every soil pit characterization completed on plot, namely, soil horizons and textures. Works closely with Crew Lead to discuss and come to consensus on which ecological site or soil series the plot falls on.  May maintain specimens and records of unique soils throughout the field office to develop and maintain a unique soil library for the field office. Provides guidance on soil texturing techniques to Crew Lead and fellow Botany Crew Member. Soils Crew Member is expected to learn and assist with all of the Botany Crew Member’s responsibilities.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    • College coursework (2 years, at minimum) in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, soils science, geology, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field;
      • OR previous college- or professional-level experience in the above fields, plus familiarity with data collection and sound science principles
    • Eligible to accept a 900hour service term with Americorps
      • Aged between 21 and 30 (civilian) or 35 (veteran) years upon hire
      • With U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residence and associated identification, including an image of a signed social security card AND another acceptable primary form of documentation
    • Ability to produce identification as stipulated by I9 upon hire
    • Valid US driver's license and insurable driving record
    • Ability to pass Conservation Legacy’s and the Department of Interior’s background checks
    • Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others
      • Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills. 
    • Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or other datacollection software
    • Selfmotivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work.
    • Physically capable of standing and walking (at a minimum 6 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stooping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degree (F) heat while maintaining a professional demeanor.
    • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (16 days at a time) car-camping in remote areas; familiarity or willingness to learn and adhere to best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles.
    • Willingness to spend several hours per day and/or per week riding in, navigating, and driving a company truck on and off-highway.
    • Ability to work in and respond to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, monsoonal rains, and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions, biting/stinging insects, horses)
    • Current or ability to obtain CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates

    Preferred Qualifications (Botany Emphasis): 

    • College graduate (Bachelor’s, Master’s) with degree in ecology, botany, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, horticulture, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related field.
    • At least 1 to 2 years of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
    • Familiarity with Colorado/New Mexico flora in general and Ackerfield’s Flora of Colorado/Flora Neomexicana III is preferred.
    • Experience with floras from adjacent states to Colorado or New Mexico
    • Experience working in regions with high floristic diversity
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatiallybalanced monitoring designs
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Preferred Qualifications (Soils Emphasis): 

    • Experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites
    • Familiarity with New Mexico soils
    • Experience hand texturing various types of soils 
    • Experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document all horizons
    • Experience using soil series descriptions, web soil survey, or equivalent soil datasets
    • Experience or interest in large scale, spatiallybalanced monitoring designs, and how extensive sampling can augment the precision of soil maps
    • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting
    • Experience with ArcGIS Online interface
      • Knowledge of downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps
    • Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads, and driving for extended periods (23 hours at a time).
    • Experience working or recreating in rangeland

    Public Land Corps:

    The Public Land Corps program provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years to work on conservation projects on public lands. Participants must successfully complete 640 hours that include at least 120  hours on federal lands through the PLC. PLC members are not federal government employees, but those who successfully complete the PLC requirements are then eligible to use, for two years, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions. https://www.blm.gov/careers/students-and-grads/public-lands-corps

     

     

    To apply, go to page: https://sccorps.org/small-teams

    Scroll and follow the link for this position to the electronic application.

    Application requires a cover letter, resume/CV, and screening questions.

     

    SCC offers several Ecological Monitoring crew positions across Colorado and New Mexico.  PLEASE SPECIFICALLY MENTION AND RANK LOCATIONS ON INTEREST.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply promptly

     

    Feel free to reach out to Ecological Monitoring Coordinator Cassandra Owen at cowen@conservationlegacy.org with questions.

     

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  • Bureau of Land Management Recreation Park Ranger Individual Placement

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $499.20 / week

    Title: Bureau of Land Management - Recreation Park Ranger Individual Placement

    Start/End Date:  May 12th, 2020 - October 30th, 2020

    Stipend:  $499.20/week  (+Education Award) 

    Term:  25  weeks (including one week of PTO)

    Reports To:  Bureau of Land Management - Royal Gorge Field Office

    Location:  Canon City, CO 81212

    Status:  900-hour  AmeriCorps  Service  Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps  Education  Award  $3,047.50  after  successful  completion 

     

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. 

     

    Program Overview: 

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations; including the management and protection of our nation's wild horses and burros on 26.9 million acres of public lands across 10 western states. The Recreation Program manages public lands for enhanced recreation experiences and quality of life, encourages sustainable travel and tourism development, establishes proactive travel management and planning, ensure public health and safety and improves the condition and accessibility of recreation sites and facilities, enhances visitor services including interpretive information and education, and encourages partnerships, volunteers, and citizen-centered public service. 

     

    The focus of the intern position is to assist recreation staff in implementing and managing a day use fee site known as Guffey Gorge. The intern would work closely with BLM Recreation staff to monitor visitation and build awareness of the area's new rules. The intern would be trained as a Leave No Trace trainer and would assist in educating visitors on the principles that are applicable to the area. The intern would be trained as a collections officer and assist with administration of the fee program. The majority of their time will be spend tin the field with the opportunity to work with BLM staff to identify management needs and suggest improvements. In addition, the intern will perform similar duties in other areas within the Royal Gorge Field Office. The position is based out of Canon City with a drive time of one hour to Guffey Gorge and up to two hours to other areas.

     

    Work may involve early morning hours, late afternoon hours, and will be expected to work holidays and weekends. A standard BLM uniform will be provided to wear while performing patrol and public contact duties. The intern must possess a valid driver's license to operate government vehicles and equipment. Essential roles and responsibilities include:

    • Present a positive image of the area and the BLM; ensuring visitor contact is conducted in a courteous, professional, and friendly manner.
    • Assists in advising visitors concerning safety, amenities available, and proper and authorized use of recreational facilitates. 
    • Assists in patrolling and inspecting facilities and aids in ensuring compliance with rules and regulations pertaining to Guffey Gorge.
    • Performs routine maintenance, repairs, and cleaning of recreation sites.
    • Ensures protection of property from visitor related depredation.
    • Oversees fee collection activities, maintaining records on and accounting for funds.
    • Monitors condition of recreation sites and resources.
    • Installs and maintains various types of signage on public lands.

     

    Desired Skills/Qualifications: 

    • Ability to work somewhat independently in initiating, developing, or modifying work methods
    • Ability to administer operations, such as day to day operation of a recreation site, which involves on-site decisions and judgements
    • Ability to provide clear information or data both orally and in writing, in order to provide advice and guidance to supervisors, co-workers, and the public.
    • Ability and knowledge to use basic tools for digging post holes, replacing damaged signs, and similar tasks
    • Currently pursuing or completed degree in Natural Resources or related field preferred

     

    The  successful  applicant  must  be  self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. 

     

     

    Training Provided: 

    • Collection officer training
    • Defensive Driving
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Leave No Trace (if available)
    • Basic Safety

     

     

    Housing: 

    Housing is not provided with this position, however, assistance in finding local housing is provided.

     

    Requirements: 

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • U.S. Citizenship
      • 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 residence
    • Driver's License
    • Per grant funding, candidate must be 18-30 years of age

     

    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. 

    Position closes April 13th, 2020.

     

    Contact Clara at cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org with any questions.

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  • Fall Conservation Crew Member

    Los Valles Office - Salida
    $300.00 / week

    Position: Fall Conservation Crew Member

    Dates: Roving Trail Crew: Mid-July / Mid-August – October 30th, 2020

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program for the Summer

    Location: Salida, CO

    Stipend: $300/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment.

    AmeriCorps Education Award: Trail Crew: $1,638.89

    About the Position

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of  6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6 off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

    Note: As of now the start date may be in either July or August depending on the situation as it relates to COVID-19 and an official start date will be known by the end of May.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

    Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

    Risk Management and Judgement

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

    Substance Free

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

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

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  • BLM Non-Renewable Resources Individual Placement

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $600.00 / week

    Start/End Date:  June 8th, 2020 - November 13, 2020

    Stipend:  $600/week  (+Education Award) 

    Term:  23  weeks 

    Reports To:  Bureau of Land Management - Royal Gorge Field Office

    Location:  Canon City, CO 81212

    Status:  900-hour  AmeriCorps  Service  Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps  Education  Award  $3,047.50 after  successful  completion 

     

      

      

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. 

     

    Program Overview: 

     

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations; including the management of access to and across federal land, as well as beneficial use of natural resources. The BLM Non-Renewable Resource section processes applications to use federal lands, whether on a one-time basis or for decades. Some of the projects nationwide include wind farms, solar arrays, pipelines for water, oil and gas, as well as energy infrastructure. The Royal Gorge Field Office has a varied realty program, which works with local governments, businesses, and individuals on a dail basis. This involves customer contact, research, and communication skills. The minerals program in the Royal Gorge Field Office is the largest and most varied in the state. Our current activities include mining (aggregates, metals, coal, and precious gems), as well as processing and monitoring fluid mineral applications. In addition, the renewable section adds to the mix, covering cultural resources, planning and NEPA, water, soil, air, fire, wild horse and burro, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, recreation, range management, GIS, cadastral survey, and engineering. The interns may work with any of the natural resource teams depending on the active projects at the time of the internship and the technical needs of the specialists. Essential functions and responsibilities include:

    • Lands, Realty, and Specialist Support: 
      • Customer Service and Information Services
        • Provide direct contact customer service support, using a variety of software programs. This support entails receiving information and inquiries from both the general public as well as governmental and business entities in person, in person, by voicemail, by facsimile, and by e-mail
        • Research the issues and questions arising from customer contact.  This may include meeting with mentors and specialists, performing internet research, reviewing historical files and maps, as well as other sources
        • Draft responses at a level appropriate with the inquiry.  This may include correspondence by mail, e-mail, or facsimile, as well as talking with the requestor either in person or by telephone
    • Government Property and Data Support:
      • Audit both real and personal property in the field office, verifying records, entering the data into spreadsheets and programs
      • Assist senior specialists in the financial auditing area, including multiple levels of charge card reconciliation
      • Assist in the non-renewable program data retention system of hard copy and electronic preservation in collecting, organizing and maintaining program data and/or program records and metadata in an the most efficient and accurate manner
      • Assist with responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
      • Trainings provided:
        • Direct training and mentorship with specialists and support staff, specific training through courses in DOI talent
    • Research and Inspections:
      • Research subjects in the office as needed by the non-renewable section, including using various software and databases to check on surface disturbance and potential trespasses on public land, address discrepancies and other data
      • Travel with specialists in the field periodically to inspect existing ROW's and development on public land to assure compliance with BLM rules and regulations
      • Maintain databases, develop internal control reports and present findings
      • Trainings provided: 
        • National Environmental Policy Act Modules 1 & 2, LR2000 public land database training, direct mentorship

     

     

     

    General Qualifications: 

    The BLM is seeking an intern interested in learning activities and duties related to a career in public land management.  Specific interests can include lands and realty, specialist support, customer relations, GIS/information science, cadastral, solid and fluid mineral management, and will include practical experience in working with a multitude of public land management specialists. Customer service, good communication, and research skills are required.

     

    The  successful  applicant  must  be  self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. 

     

     

     

    Requirements: 

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • U.S. Citizenship
      • 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 residence
    • Driver's License

     

    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. 

     

     

    Contact Clara at cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org with any questions.

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  • BLM Oil & Gas Records Individual Placement

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $600.00 / week

    Start/End Date:  June 8th, 2020 - November 13, 2020

    Stipend:  $600/week  (+Education Award) 

    Term:  23  weeks 

    Reports To:  Bureau of Land Management - Royal Gorge Field Office

    Location:  Canon City, CO 81212

    Status:  900-hour  AmeriCorps  Service  Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps  Education  Award  $3,047.50 after  successful  completion 

     

      

      

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. 

     

    Program Overview: 

     

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO), administers more than 668,000 surface acres of public land along the Front Range of Colorado and 6.8 million subsurface acres. Since the field office spans such a large area, it covers a variety of terrain and is involved in a multitude of initiatives and programs.

    This position is located in Canon City, Colorado, where the BLM RGFO Fluid Minerals program provides an intergral service overseeing federal oil and gas activities for the Front Range. As an Oil & Gas Records Intern, the individual will work with Land Law Examiners and the Legal Instruments Examiner to research existing federal records and determine accuracy of legal land descriptions, coding and status and will help resolve issues to bring the records in compliance with standards.

    This position will provide experience related to reading and interpreting legal land descriptions in accordance with the "United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Cadastral Survey: Specifications for Descriptions of Land; For Use in Land Orders, Executive Orders, Proclamations, Federal Register Documents, and Land Description Databases" guidance book. Additional experience will be gained through research and review of existing records to verify accuracy of data utilizing physical files as well as federal and state databases.

    Duties will include client contact, assisting in records management, scanning documents, organizing well and agreement files, and data verification and entry. The applicant must be detail-oriented, have good verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to accurately maintain records and write reports detailing progress. Reviewing closed files against other records to prepare for shipment to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in accordance with federal records regulations.

    The intern should have a good understanding of business practices, math and general science. The intern will be assigned projects with general instructions and must be self-motivated to independently perform recurring work. Microsoft Office skills (Word and Excel) are helpful.

    Essential functions and responsibilities include:

    • Oil & Gas Records Review/Clean-up: 
      • Review well file/records in preparation of shipping to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
      • Ensure appropriate documentation exists to transfer file out of RGFO. Confirm well status using reports provided by supervisor
      • Purge file of duplicates and other non-pertinent information per guidance provided by supervisor
      • Trainings provided:
        • Supervisor will provide intern with overview of the federal fluid minerals program and the importance of records to the mission. Hands-on training will be provided to explain the expectation of this duty.
    • Filing/Copying:
      • Provide support to the oil and gas fluid mineral staff by ensuring records are up-to-date. Assignments will be provided by the supervisor with instruction
      • Sundry notices submitted by operators can relate to one well file or numerous well files which requires copying and determining appropriate well file(s) involved
      • Provides assistance as needed in accordance with needs of program
      • Trainings provided:
        • Supervisor will provide instruction and be available to assist with questions.
    • Utilizing AFMSS (federal) and COGCC (state) databases:
      • Review and cross-reference well file against AFMSS and COGCC to determine well status and verify accuracy of federal data
      • Bring any discrepancies to supervisors attention
      • Resolve issues to ensure files are accurate in accordance with the mission of the program
      • Trainings provided: 
        • Computer access requires completion of several federal online classes. Supervisor will assist with overview of expectations.

     

     

     

    General Qualifications: 

    • High School Diploma
    • Basic understanding of business practices
    • Problem solving through review/comparison of a variety of documents or records

     

    The  successful  applicant  must  be  self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. 

     

     

     

    Requirements: 

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • U.S. Citizenship
      • 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 residence
    • Driver's License

     

    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. 

     

     

    Contact Clara at cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org with any questions.

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  • Conservation Crew Member

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $300.00 / week

    Dates: July – September or November, 2020

    Note: As of now the start date may be in either June or July depending on the situation as it relates to COVID-19 and an official start date is expected to be known by the end of May.

    Status: Seasonal, Full-time, Camping Program

    Location: Durango, CO

    Stipend: $300/week

    Ages: 18 – 30

    Health Benefits: Not Health Benefit Eligible

    Other Benefits: Food provided while in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment

    AmeriCorps Education Award:  $1,638.89 - $3,097.50 – Depending on term of service

     

    About Southwest Conservation Corps

    Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization that engages motivated young adults to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects on public lands throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Our programs focus on place-based learning, life skills development, conservation service work, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility and career development. SCC also provides an opportunity for corps members to learn about the local environment, environmental issues and get introductions to recreation and resource management careers.

    About the Position

    As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of 6 members and 2 leaders. Crews work and camp for 8-15 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will work as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

    Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

    Schedules generally are 8-days on and 6-days off. There is a possibility you could work 5-days on and 2-days off, or up to 15 days on at a time (with adequate days off while in the field), or a variation of schedules requiring all AmeriCorps crew members to show flexibility. SCC does not provide housing on your off days.

     

    Types of Crews SCC runs:

    • Strike Team consists of 1 leader and 2 members and will function as a highly versatile crew that will interact with the USFS on a more intimate level than other crews. The smaller crew size allows members to gain a strong grasp of how to navigate project details, implementation of the work and partner communication.
    • Trail Crews consist of 2 leaders and 6 members, and work in both front country and backcountry settings. Projects consist of trail maintenance and construction, fence removal and maintenance, invasive species removal, and other natural resource projects.
    • Backcountry Trail Crews consist of 2 leaders and 6 members, and work in the remote and beautiful wilderness of Colorado and New Mexico. Projects include trail construction and maintenance, primarily on the Continental Divide Trail. Backcountry crews can expect 15 day hitches, with days off while in the field to climb peaks, go for hikes, and take in all the wilderness magic.
    • Chainsaw Crews consist of 2 leaders and 6 members, and work primarily in front country settings. All participants will receive a USFS recognized chainsaw training and will have the season to tone your chainsaw skills. No experience is necessary.

     

    Required Skills & Experience

    Qualifications:

    • To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs
    • A US citizen that has received (or on track to receive) a high school diploma or GED
    • All offers of employment are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and federal criminal background check.

    Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements

    Essential eligibility requirements for the program must be met. If you are unable to meet certain requirements, we may be able to assist you with some modification unless it alters the fundamental nature of the program, compromises the health and safety of participants or staff, or places an undue financial or administrative burden on the organization.

    Participant and Expedition Behavior

    • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions
    • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
    • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of any kind
    • Appropriately represent SCC and AmeriCorps to the public and project partners at all time

    Risk Management and Judgement

    • Effectively follow direction by others, so that you will be able to successfully manage hazards
    • Ask clarifying question when you do not understand a task
    • Maintain focus during workday, both while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
    • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage without assistance from others.

    Environmental Ethics & Outdoor Skills

    • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living and work skills as appropriate to the project.
    • Live in a physically demanding, possibly remote environment for an uninterrupted period of up to several weeks

    Substance Free

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

     

    TO APPLY: Visit https://sccorps.org/open-positions

    During the application process, you will be asked your crew type preference, and the earliest and latest dates available to participate with SCC. Please be accurate and honest, as it will help us follow-up with you during the interview. (There is no right answer!)

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  • Visitor Information Specialist Individual Placement

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $400.00 / week

    Title: FC-FLIP Visitor Information Specialist Intern                    

    Timeline: June 8 - August 21, 2020

    Term: 11 weeks

    Stipend: $400/ week (+Education Award)

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,289.95 upon successful completion of internship.

    Location: Pagosa Springs, CO

    Reports To: San Juan National Forest

    Status: 300-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

    Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.

    Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

    Mentor: Kim Bristow, Support Services Specialist, San Juan National Forest                                                                                                      

    Responsibilities: This intern will be placed with the San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District. The Visitor Information Specialist will assist with daily public interaction by working at the front desk of the Pagosa Ranger District Office.

    The primary responsibilities of the Visitor Information Specialist will be to assist with the daily operations of the Pagosa Ranger District front desk. The intern will interact with visitors, responding to a variety of inquiries regarding Forest Service activities, programs, facilities, polices and functions. Evaluates inquires in order to provide the most useful and appropriate information and to suggest other options, such as alternate routes or activities. Provides guidance to the public on rules and regulations regarding on-unit activities. Assists in selling forest timber permits and other items, such as maps and passes, in accordance with manual and handbook requirements.  May handle clerical duties, such as mail and package delivery. Arranges and organizes interpretive displays and keeps track of brochure inventory. Occasional active physical activity, such as hiking over rough and varied terrain, working in inclement weather and in remote areas as well as lifting, bending, standing and carrying of moderate weight objects is also required.   

    Desired Skills/Qualifications:

    • Desire to work with Forest visitors of all ages and backgrounds
    • Strong verbal and written skills
    • Microsoft Word , Excel, Publisher skills
    • Clerical/ Organizational skills
    • Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner
    • Basic map reading skills
    • Experience with natural history interpretation, environmental education, customer service, preferred.
    • Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles
    • A reliable personal vehicle is required
    • Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed
    • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

    Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the first week of the internship and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USA Jobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on the first day of the internship.  

    Housing: May be available.

    Please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application.

    Applications open until position filled.

    For more information, contact Clara Moulton at cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org or Jeremy May at jeremy@mountainstudies.org. 

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  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Individual Placement

    Four Corners Office - Durango, CO
    $400.00 / week

    Title: Ancestral Lands - Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Individual Placement

    Stipend:  $400/week  (+Education Award) 

    Dates:    July 6th, 2020 - September 11th, 2020

    Term:  10  weeks 

    Reports To:  Bureau of Land Management 

    Location:  Dolores, CO 81323

    Status:  300-hour  AmeriCorps  Service  Term 

    Benefits:  AmeriCorps  Education  Award  $1,289.95  after each successful  completion 

    Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

    It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. The Ancestral Lands program is specifically designed to engage Native American youth and young adults with offices in Acoma, Durango, Gallup, Salida, Zuni, and Hopi. *Ancestral Lands serves local tribal communities in the regions we operate. Applicants must be Native American.

     

    Program Overview: 

    Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is seeking an energetic individual to be placed at the Visitor Center and Museum located in Dolores, CO. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Education Program links the preservation to visitor's backyards and communities. On a yearly basis, approximately 25,000 people visit the Monument and Museum to learn more about the human history of the southwest.

    Interns will gain experience in visitor services and interpretation of cultural resources to visitors at the museum and monument. The intern will get hands-on experience in conducting curriculum-based field trip programs for school groups and developing hands-on interpretive programs on-site for visitors at the museum. Additionally, the intern will work with curation staff who help protect almost 4 million artifacts in the curation facility on site at the museum. There will also be opportunities to shadow field archaeologists during site-visits to important sensitive archaeology sites. 

     

    Essential functions and responsibilities:

    • Education and Interpretive Programs
      • Learn curriculum and assist staff members in program delivery
      • Develop and Present one educational program during internship
    • Visitor Services/Front Desk Support
      • Shadow Visitor Services staff to learn about recreation opportunities on and around the monument
      • Assist Visitor Services staff in orienting visitors to museum exhibits, outside trails, on-site pueblos, playing the orientation movie, and answering general questions for visitors
      • Assist with general maintenance of main gallery exhibits and stocking brochure racks
    • Curation and Archaeology
      • Shadow curation staff and their work behind the scenes and in the main exhibit gallery
      • Shadow Archaeologists to sensitive archaeological sites to learn more about research, stabilization, and preservation

     

    General Qualifications: 

    Background in education, history, or archaeology preferred, but not required.

    The  successful  applicant  must  be  self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping.   Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required. 

     

    Requirements: 

    • 17 years of age or older
    • U.S. Citizenship
      • 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 residence

    Housing may be available to the selected candidate.

    Apply Now! 

    To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. 

     Contact Clara at cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org with any questions.

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How to Apply

Check out our website to learn more and apply! We accept applications for programs starting in January for our summer programming, and May for our Fall programs.  Please look on our website for specific details on each of our crews and how to apply. Questions about our programs can be directed to the following at each office:

Four Corners Office (Durango):
Lisa Slupianek 
lslupianek@conservationlegacy.org

Eric Falk  
efalk@conservationlegacy.org

Los Valles Office (Salida):
Ben Correll
ben@conservationlegacy.org

Internship Programs (All SCC Offices)
Clara Moulton
cmoulton@conservationlegacy.org

Ancestral Lands, Acoma Pueblo:
Aaron Lowden
aaron@conservationlegacy.org

Ancestral Lands, Zuni Office:
Ryan Aguilar
raguilar@conservationlegacy.org


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