Wildlife Biologist/Technician – BLM Direct – Grand Junction, CO

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Grand Junction, CO Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology

Position Description: This project would include compiling Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) data for the Pinyon Mesa population of Gunnison Sage grouse, as well as collecting new data where gaps exist. This project is would include portions of McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, Dominguez-Escalante NCA, and the Grand Junction Field Office which overlap with designated occupied and unoccupied Gunnison sage grouse habitat. HAF data was collected, analyzed, and summarized for 2012 and 2014, for this population. However, data from 2017 has not been fully analyzed or summarized. Additionally, in 2017 HAF data was combined with AIM (Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring). This intern would analyze and summarize the 2017 data for the Pinyon Mesa Population including organizing an IDT (Interdisciplinary Team) process of designating points as suitable, marginal, or not habitat, based on published habitat guidelines.

The intern would also document and come up with a process for analyzing and considering HAF data that is combined with AIM data. This project is timely as AIM and HAF are implemented on larger scales, and to determine habitat conditions for a federally listed threatened species.

In addition to GUSG habitat, evaluation of Yellow billed Cuckoo (YBCC) habitat is needed for both MCNCA and DENCA. A yellow billed cuckoo was detected just outside of MCNCA within the past several years, and surveys for cuckoos need to be conducted in DENCA. If funding allows, an intern can re-collect and compile vegetation data collected in MCNCA in areas surveyed for cuckoos, and analyze remote sensing and other data to determine appropriate places for YBCC monitoring in DENCA.


  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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