Rare Plant Survey Intern
Company: Conservation Legacy
Posted on: January 9, 2021
Title: Rare Plant Survey Intern (2 openings)Start/End Date:
March 22, 2021 - September 03, 2021 (anticipated)Stipend: $600/week
(+Education Award)Term: 24 weeksReports To: John Kendell (Wildlife
Biologist)Location: BLM Farmington Field Office (6251 College
Blvd., Suite A, Farmington, NM 87402)Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps
Service TermBenefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $3,047.50; Public
Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the
internship.Summary:Conservation Corps New Mexico
(CCNM):Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation
Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation
Corps of the 1930's. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young
adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service
work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across
southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and
strengthen communities through service and conservation. The CCNM
Individual Placement Program is managed from the Arizona
Conservation Corps office in Tucson, Arizona. The CCNM program
office in Las Cruces manages the CCNM field program.Position
Summary:The BLM Farmington Field Office manages nearly 1.4 million
acres of scenic public lands in northwestern New Mexico's San Juan
Basin for multiple uses, ranging from energy development to
wildlife habitat to recreation and conservation. The Farmington
Field Office manages prehistoric, historic, and cultural sites,
recreation sites, and 2.7 million acres of Federal mineral
estate.The selected individuals will visit locations across public
lands managed by the Farmington, Rio Puerco and Socorro Field
Offices, where they will conduct rare plant surveys in order to
assess habitat suitability. Special attention will be given to
three BLM-sensitive plant species: Aztec gilia (Aliciella formosa),
Clover's cactus (Sclerocactus cloverae), and Gypsum Townsend's
aster (Townsendia gypsophila). The data gathered will assist with
conservation efforts for these special status species. These
positions will involve significant driving, hiking, and use of
field-based GIS equipment such as ArcCollector. The Farmington
Field Office does not have available housing. Interns must provide
their own personal transportation to the duty office.Essential
Responsibilities and Functions:
- Assist Plant Conservation and Restoration Program by
ground-truthing habitat suitability models.
- Visit random assigned points to conduct vegetation
- Record data for all rare species found at each survey
- Record data for other special status plants species at survey
sites.Required SkillsMinimum Qualifications:
- Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in botany,
ecology, natural resource management, or a related field.
- Prior experience in plant identification or experience using a
- Field navigation skills and experience using GPS.
- Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive truck on rugged and/or
unimproved gravel or dirt roads in remote areas for extended
periods of time.
- Ability to camp in field settings for 2 to 3 days per
- Ability to conduct thorough and accurate botanical
- Experience with and knowledge of Microsoft Suite Software.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited
supervision after initial training period; must be capable of
performing well in an office setting, as well as the field.
- Applicants must pass a DOI security background check and should
possess a valid driver's license with a clean driving
- Experience using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species
in the field, from photos, and from pressed specimens.
- Familiarity with New Mexico flora in general and/or Flora
- Experience with Floras from states adjacent to New Mexico.
- Experience working in regions with high floristic
- Experience working as part of a small team and the ability to
work well with others.
- Experience with ArcGIS tablet applications and basic
troubleshooting (Collector and Survey 123).
- Experience with ArcGIS Online interface; knowledge of
downloading, using, and syncing ArcGIS Online Maps.
- Experience collecting, managing and summarizing data.
- Experience performing quality assurance, quality control, and
data analysis using Microsoft Excel.
- Previous experience with a Conservation Corps or youth-serving
- To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is
required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc. May be required to
stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and
be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis. He/she must be
able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach
with hands and arms.
- Ability to hike and camp in rough terrain.
- This position calls for high levels of concentration. A
moderate amount of travel is required to attend meetings, provide
assistance to other field offices, and to provide or receive
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Participant
Essential Eligibility Requirements:Participation and Expedition
- Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially
stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem
solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness
- Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of
others for any reason.
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program
including conservation projects, education, training, and national
- Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise
directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
- Appropriately represent Conservation Corps New Mexico, the BLM
and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.
- Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid,
changing work environment.Safety and Judgment:
- Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either
a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of
personal distress, injury or need for assistance. Must be able to
do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with
limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or
- Effectively perceive and understand significant and apparent
hazards, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to
successfully execute techniques to manage hazards. These directions
may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be
given during the exposure to the hazard. Ability to respond
appropriately to stress or crisis.
- Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while
traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
- If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able
to maintain proper dosage by self- medicating without assistance
from others.Substance Free:
- In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are
prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities
and while on organization property.Background Check:A DOI
background clearance must be completed before the selected
candidate may report to duty. The BLM will provide instructions for
completion of the clearance after an intern has been selected and
will notify them when they have been cleared to start the
internship. This process will determine the internship's exact
start date.Interns will have access to government facilities and
systems, and will be supplied with access to gov't vehicles,
equipment, and materials needed to work on the projects and
activities as outlined above. Interns must adhere to all government
regulations and policies for operating equipment, vehicles,
security awareness, and safety.
- To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns
must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive, at the time the
individual begins the term of service.To Apply: Please submit an
updated resume and cover letter along with the online application.
If you have questions, contact CCNM's Individual Placement Support
Coordinator Dave Bennett at email@example.com.For
more information about Conservation Corps New Mexico, please visit
www.corpsnm.org. Conservation Corps New Mexico is a program of
Conservation Legacy.Required Experience
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