Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship
Open until: February 28, 2018
Location: Safford, AZ – Field Office
Start Date: June 3, 2018
End Date: August 18, 2018
Related Degrees: Rangeland Sciences, Natural Resources Sciences
Position Description: The Safford Field Office (SFO) is comprised of 1.4 million acres, 257 grazing allotments and is home to approximately 23 threaten and endangered (T & E) species. Due to the nature of the field office the renewable resources division has a large workload. Currently the office has a Rangeland Management Specialist (RMS) vacancy. Utilizing the DHA internship program would provide the field office with assistance with meeting targets, while providing a meaningful and challenging internship to an individual.
The proposed project would fall under the natural resources management field and would be categorized as a rangeland management technician. The intern would have a wide variety of task assigned to them. These tasks would be challenging, developmental and mirror the workload of an entry level RMS. The intern would work alongside a SFO RMS’s, who would assist them with their workload as necessary. They would be independently working on planning documents inspecting grazing allotments, monitoring for weed infestations, assisting in planned FY18 monitoring workload and assisting with some of the administrative range duties such as filing and organization of range files. All of these tasks would meet the criteria for the following elements; Intense and rigorous projects, high degree of autonomy, defined deliverable, demanding schedule, experience with multiple stakeholders (internal and/or external).
Internally the intern would have everyday interactions with SFO staff. They would be coordinating with individuals as a member of the local interdisciplinary team. Externally the intern would be expected to have interactions with grazing permittees the general public as well as partners such as U of A cooperative extension, and Gila Watershed Partnership. While in this role the intern would be exposed to a large array of both internal and external interactions, much like a permanent BLM employee would be exposed to.