Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship
Open until: February 28, 2018
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.