Vegetation Management Intern (BEOL)

Expected Dates
August 1, 2022 to May 14, 2023
Bent's Old Fort National Historical Site
Position ID

Come join work on the historic Santa Fe Trail at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site where more than 200 years of commerce and culture have connected. Bent’s Old Fort was the most substantial commercial trading post on the Santa Fe Trail during the mid-1800s. Located just across the border from Mexico, goods from all over the world passed through this land. Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site is 800 acres in area, most of which is maintained in prairie as part of the cultural landscape. You will play a critical role in maintaining the prairie, restoring native grasses, and protecting the historic setting for visitors.  September 2021 is the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail and Bent’s Old Fort is hosting the symposium celebration. Your work will on display to thousands of additional visitors during the celebration. Help us prepare the site to shine like never before! Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site was the first place in Colorado to be added to the Registry of National Historic Landmarks and is a critical piece of Colorado History curricula. The landscape around the reconstructed fort has been featured in multiple Western genre films and mini-series including “Centennial”, “How the West was Won”, and “Dream West”.

Duties include:
- Seed or plug native plants into restoration areas. (40%)
- Identify and treat invasive plants through chemical and mechanical methods (40%)
- Assist with groundwater monitoring program (10%)
- Care for newly planted saplings (5%)
- Monitor treatment areas and complete documentation with photo imagery, GPS location data, etc. (5%)

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site’s Integrated Resource Management Division includes one permanent biological science technician and the resource manager. The intern will be a critical part of a small team, which provides many opportunities for involvement in the decision making process. The work week will be 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Conditions will often require working outside in hot or cold weather and hiking over rough terrain. UTV training will be required. This position is ideal for detail oriented individuals who flex well between team and solo work. Greenhouse, farm/ranch, or other plant experience is ideal but not required.

Compensation amounts:

  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • $600- monthly housing allowance
  • $650 - round trip travel allowance
  • $4,441- Americorps eligible education award upon completion of service hours

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site was established in 1960 and covers 800 acres in Southeastern Colorado. The park includes a reconstructed adobe 1846 fort on the original Santa Fe Trail, 60 acres of wetland, and a segment of the Arkansas River. Park guides provide daily living history interpretation of the fort in 1846 and its impacts on the world. La Junta is 8 miles from the site and features all major amenities including a major box store, restaurants and the regional hospital.
  • On the job training will be on-going throughout the internship to include pesticide use systems, application procedures, UTV operation, identification of native and invasive plants, and mechanical removal methods.
  • Recreational opportunities are nearby in the Comanche National Grasslands and John Martin Reservoir State Park including hiking and boating. Multiple reservoirs in the area provide fishing. Drive two hours to the mountains for more fun!
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent with supervision
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
competent with supervision