Natural Resource Specialist – BLM Direct – Ukiah, CA

  1. The IIC Internship Application can be found on the IIC website: iicinternships.com underneath the apply today tab. Click on the PDF application and download the application file to your computer. DO NOT open it in your browser to edit. Open in Adobe Acrobat to edit.
  2. Email cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and the IIC Internship Application to the IIC Direct Hire Review Team at: iic@suu.edu.
  3. Applications accepted until February 28.

Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Ukiah, CA

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Biology, Ecology, Hydrology, Botany, Wildlife Biology, Soils, Range, Fisheries.

Position Description: The Ukiah Field Office will need 2 interns to lead an interdisciplinary identification team to re-visit and assess the condition of previously assessed riparian wetland areas within the recently designated, 331,000-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, which is jointly managed by both Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. The riparian assessments and intern recommendations will help determine riparian condition trends, prioritize restoration efforts, and help decision makers develop the resource management plan for the monument.

BLM will train the interns on the standardized, qualitative procedure at evaluating the health of riparian areas using: “A User Guide to Assessing Proper Functioning Condition and the Supporting Science for Lentic Areas TR 1737-16 1999.” The PFC assessment provides a consistent approach for assessing the physical functioning of riparian-wetland areas through consideration of hydrology, vegetation, and soil/landform attributes. The PFC assessment synthesizes information that is foundational to determining the overall health of a riparian-wetland area. The PFC assessment will provide information on whether a riparian-wetland area is physically functioning in a manner that will allow the maintenance or recovery of desired values (e.g., fish habitat, neotropical birds, or forage) over time. Interns will provide information that will help the BLM prioritize restoration activities. By concentrating on the “at-risk” systems, restoration activities can save many riparian-wetland areas from degrading to a non functioning condition. Once a system is nonfunctional, the effort, cost, and time required for recovery is dramatically increased. Restoration of nonfunctional systems should be reserved for those situations where the riparian-wetland has reached a point where recovery is possible, when efforts are not at the expense of “at-risk” systems, or when unique opportunities exist. At the same time, systems that are properly functioning are not the highest priorities for restoration. Management of these systems should be continued to maintain PFC and further recovery towards desired condition.

Each week, interns will plan site visits based on the most efficient logistics. Other BLM specialists, which can include wildlife biologist or a natural resource protection specialist, will occasionally join them at some sites to provide interdisciplinary input in their assessments. We prefer the pair of interns to have different educational background. For example, hydrology and botany.

 

Qualifications:  

  1. Be at least 18 years old at the start of the project.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization) or a U.S. legal permanent resident (a “green card” holder).
  3. Be enrolled in a related post-secondary educational program at an accredited institution of higher education, OR, have completed a post-secondary educational program at an accredited institution of higher education less than two years prior to the anticipated date by which the DHA would be used for obtaining federal employment. [Ideally, a candidate who has already completed their higher education studies would use the DHA to obtain federal employment immediately or shortly after the completion of the 11-week internship.]
  4. Meet the related skills/experience if listed for the specific opportunity to which one is applying.
  5. Be available for 11 weeks of continuous service.
  6. Be willing to fulfill all reporting requirements (bi-weekly reporting, final reporting, and follow-up reporting in the months after completing the program).
  7. Be willing to submit to a government security background clearance process.
  8. Have a strong interest in a career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Application Instructions:

  1. Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript(s) (unofficial are acceptable), and a letter of reference from a professional or educator to the contact below. Applications must be received by February 28, 2018. In your cover letter, please succinctly address why you are interested in the position, what skills and experience you have to offer, and your future career goals.
  2. The IIC Internship Application can be found on the IIC website: iicinternships.com underneath the apply today tab. Click on the PDF application and download the application file to your computer. DO NOT open it in your browser to edit. Open in Adobe Acrobat to edit.
  3. Email cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and the IIC Internship Application to the IIC Direct Hire Review Team at: iic@suu.edu.
  4. Applications accepted until February 28.

 

 

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