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