Vegetation Monitoring (AIM) Crew Member, Bureau of Land Management – Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Craig, Meeker, and Kremmling, CO

Job Title: vegetation monitoring (AIM) Crew Member

Organization: Bureau of Land Management

Type of opportunity: Participants will assist the crew leads in 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 gather data on BLM lands including within National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology. Within survey plots, all plant species are expected to be identified to species; line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data; soil stability will be measured along transects, and soil pit descriptions will be completed. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are either entered electronically during the site visit or recorded on paper forms and entered later. AIM Data will be used in various ways such as assessing Land Health, habitat suitability, invasive species mapping 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. Crews will collect botanical specimens of known and unknown species throughout the field season and keep records updated as needed. The crew member will continuously learn the local flora and build botanical knowledge. The crew member should be passionate about the botanical world and other natural systems and have a willingness to share that passion and knowledge with other team members. Service will be completed in remote areas on BLM lands. Crews will be required to drive throughout the Field or District Office on a four day service week, camp overnight, hike several miles a day and return to the office to maintain equipment and manage data. Crew members are expected to provide their own camping equipment for use while in the field unless otherwise informed by their host field office.

Desired qualifications:

  • College Graduate (Bachelor’s, at minimum) with a degree in ecology, botany, soil science, agriculture, range, plant ecology, plant biology, plant systematics, natural resource management or a related field.
  • Eligible to accept a 900-hour service term with Americorps o
    • 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-9upon hire-Valid US driver’s license and insurable driving record
  • Ability to pass Rocky Mountain Youth Corps background checks-Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Self-motivated and able to serve 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.
  • Physically capable of standing and walking (up to 8 miles/day on rough, uneven terrain), bending, crouching and stopping for long periods of time, and lifting/carrying items that weigh up to 40 pounds, in upwards of 100 degrees (F) heat while maintaining a cheery to neutral attitude.
  • Experience and willingness to spending multiple days (1-4 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 4WD vehicle on-and off-highway.
  • Ability to serve 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, FirstAid, Wilderness First Aid, and Defensive Driver Training certificates
  • Passionate to learn about plant and soil ecology, and how plants can help inform us in understanding the landscape.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens (familiarity with flora in Colorado or adjacent states is preferred).
  • AND/OR experience or education using taxonomic soil keys or equivalent mechanism to identify ecological sites
  • Experience hand texturing various types of soils, experience digging quality soil pits to characterize and document all horizons, and experience using soil series descriptions, web soil survey or equivalent soil datasets
  • Experience with or interest in large scale, spatially-balanced monitoring designs-Experience working as part of a small team and able to work well with others with excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Experience with handheld GPS units and External GNSS GPS antennae and basic troubleshooting-Experience with Collector or Survey 123-Experience with ArcGIS Online interface and knowledge of 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 of time (2-3 hours at a time)

Start and end dates: April 29, 2019-October 2019. Full-time, temporary, exempt, 23 weeks.

Salary/pay:

  • Weekly stipend of $520 per week and $52/week food allowance
  • Anticipated $2960 AmeriCorps Education Award (900-hour term) Upon successful completion of the season

Contact: Sapphire Stowell (sstowell@blm.gov)