American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Salt Lake Field Office is seeking three Ecological Site Inventory Team Members for 26 weeks to assist their office with inventory and monitoring of natural resources and development of geo-spatial information.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Natural Resource Management, Rangeland Science, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Utah’s natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.
Start Date: Mid May 2021
End Date: *26 weeks from start
Location: BLM Salt Lake Field Office, Salt Lake City, UT
For more information on Ecological Site Inventory methods of the BLM Program:
For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org
$560/Week. Typical work week will be 10 hours/day, 4 days/week with time spent mostly in the field collecting data. days spent overnight in the field. A per diem is also offered for nights spent in the field camping.
Housing: Not provided, Members will be responsible for obtaining their own housing.
Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority:
ACE Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their term. Qualifying members who serve a “minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority.” Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.
Project Background and Objectives:
BLM Utah manages approximately 23 Million acres of diverse ecosystems including rangeland, riparian, woodlands, and forests. Our rangelands provide numerous benefits to the public through activities such as woodland products, recreation, and livestock grazing. Monitoring conditions and trends of these ecosystems is an important part of the BLM’s adaptive management program, which seeks to sustain multiple land uses for future generations. BLM is looking to monitor these ecosystems to help determine land health through Ecological Site Inventory.
The selected members will assist the Salt Lake Field Office, BLM, which covers approx. 3.3 million acres of diverse ecosystems. Numerous opportunities exist for both field work and office work. Field work experience will be conducted in both forested and rangeland ecosystems. Field work will involve monitoring rangeland vegetation, soils, and ecosystems using established protocols and standardized equipment. Data will be collected using GPS and other field data recorders.
Office duties will largely consist of vegetative data entry, report writing. In addition, some specialized skills using GIS and remote-sensing software in the development of geospatial data layers. The members will be mentored and trained by the natural resources program staff.
The members will work out of the BLM Salt Lake Field Office in West Valley City, Utah. The project will be coordinated by Natural Resource Specialists and seasonal staff. Fieldwork will be done in a remote backcountry setting and requires strenuous exertion. Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g. heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep terrain). Frequent overnight stays in either a camping or BLM field station setting will be required.
Applicants should have or be working towards a degree in Natural Resource Management, Rangeland Science, or related fields. Candidates with Master’s Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.
- Members must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts.
- Members must be 18-30 (Applicants between 31 and 35 may be considered based on veteran status)
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
- Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation; (Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process.
- ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
- (Members must be 21+ to drive ACE/Agency vehicles)
- Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and members must be cleared by ACE to drive.
Requirements for Position:
- Have demonstrated plant identification skills/experience. Field experience preferred.
- Members must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in frequently camping, with potential for backcountry work trips.
- Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
- Ability to work in small teams in close/remote settings (teams of 3).
- Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
- Database management and ArcGIS software experience
- Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
- Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
- Ability to use a plant key
- Familiarity with scientific names and plant terminology
- Familiar with soil classification
- Experience in extremely hot field conditions
The members must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
**This position is subject to change/close at any time**
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/
Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Celia Demers, Member Manager at email@example.com
American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.