Watershed Technician – BLM Direct – Gunnison, CO

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Gunnison, CO Wyoming State Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: BS or MS – Hydrology, Geology, Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources

Position Description:  This project lines up with two of the BLM’s priorities for 2018: “Making America Great Through Shared Conservation Stewardship” and “Serving the American Family”. At the field office scale, these BLM priorities are being implemented through land health assessment for zone 6 which is used for grazing permit renewals. Also, work would involve data collection and implementation for a multi-partner habitat restoration project for Gunnison sage-grouse, a threatened species. Both these subjects are Gunnison Field Office priorities.

The intern would work with another intern hired through Colorado Youth Corps Association and Western Colorado Conservation Corps. He/She will primarily work in the field throughout the Gunnison Field Office, conducting inventories of soils, springs and roads for land health assessment in zone 6.

He/She will collect the following types of data: Soils data for land health assessments.

  • Collect the following soil health indicators: evidence of rills and gullies; presence/absence of ground cover; evidence of water flow patterns; evidence of pedestaling or terracettes; and presence of litter movement.

Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/pdf/1734-6.pdf).

  • Assess condition of roads and trails.
  • Inventory headcuts and gullies.

He/she will inventory all springs within the project area, using Level 1 Protocol for Springs, Peat lands, and other Groundwater Dependent Wetlands (http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/projects/gwde/documentation/index.shtml). Spring inventories will collect data on geology, water quality, spring types, discharge, and UTM’s of each site.

  • As time allows, collect pH, DO, specific conductance, and discharge of streams.
  • Conduct PFC assessments of streams


Gunnison Climate Change Adaptation-Gunnison sage-grouse restoration He/She will gain on the job training in site selection and design of restoration practices. Work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Colorado

Natural Heritage Program, and Bio-logic.

  • As needed, work with Western Colorado Conservation Corps crews to construct rock structures using methods in Zeedyk and Clothier (2014).
  • GPS completed structures and collect the following data:
  • Structure type, i.e. one rock dam, media luna up, lay back
  • Structure dimensions in feet: longitudinal length, cross sectional length, depth
  • Structure identification number.

Zeedyk, B and Clothier, 2014. Let The Water Do The Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels, 2nd edition. Quivira Coalition.

In addition, he/she will assist partner watershed groups in Lake City and Crested Butte conduct synoptic water quality monitoring of streams with abandoned mines.


  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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