National Conservation Area Ecology Intern

Expected Dates
April 15, 2019 to August 4, 2019
BLM Colorado (CO)
Position ID
Description of Work:
The participant will mainly be working within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area in Western Colorado, as well as on surrounding public lands. The participant may work closely with the NCA Ecologist, other BLM specialists (including but not limited to hydrologist, wildlife biologist, range specialist, weeds specialist, archeologist), as well as independently. The participant will assist in rare plant inventory and ecological monitoring including vegetation, soils, and photos. Navigation with GPS and maps is required, 4 wheel drive is required, river trips and overnight camping may be required. The participant will assist in other BLM monitoring, GIS, data entry, and other office work.
Bureau of Land Management
Grand Junction Field Office
2815 H Road
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Physical Requirements:
The applicant should be physically able and willing to complete full days of rigorous field work in hot, dry, and buggy conditions. The applicant must be able to complete long hikes (up to 10 miles) over rugged terrain carrying personal and field equipment. The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and be able to maneuver on 4-wheel drive roads (on-site training is available for 4-wheel drive).
The applicant will need a completed Government security background check. The applicant will need to complete safety and other required trainings as part of the internship. Overnight camping may be necessary. The applicant must be able to swim, as some field sites are accessed by river.
  • Grand Junction, CO. The town of Grand Junction sits at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. The area is characterized by hot summers and is considered a cold desert. Climate and vegetation are more similar to Utah than to the Rocky Mountain Region of Colorado.
  • The BLM will provide required safety trainings including: 4 wheel drive, defensive driving, changing a tire, radio communications, CPR and First AID. The intern will learn plant identification and plant sampling techniques.
  • Grand Junction Colorado has a variety of outdoor activities. The area is known for world class mountain and road biking, horseback riding, ATV riding, hiking, rafting. Nearby is the largest flat topped mountain in N. America the Grand Mesa, and Moab, UT.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience