Wildlife Biologist/Technician – BLM Direct – Monte Vista, CO

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Monte Vista, CO San Luis Valley Field Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Wildlife Biology, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, or other Natural Resource Degree

Position Description:  The Bureau of Land Management’s San Luis Valley Field Office (SLVFO) is proposing an internship focusing on shorebird management and conservation and education/outreach designed to engage Latinos in hands-on conservation efforts and introduce them to a variety of natural resource careers available with the federal government. This internship builds on SLVFO efforts begun in 2013 to provide environmental education and exposure to natural resource management career opportunities to local latino youth. The internship requires strong science and fieldwork skills, as well as communication and presentation/environmental education skills. Once selected, interns are placed in a 12 week full-time internship that may be extended to diversify and promote additional experience as funding allows.

The SLVFO has been engaged in shorebird/wetland related latino youth outreach since 2013. To date, over 2450 minority youth have participated in BLM education events and completed critical shorebird data collection on Blanca Wetlands. Through these efforts, we are actively engaging local Latinos in science and resource management, and through the DHA-RAI program, we would be able to go one step further and provide outstanding diversity candidates for placement within DOI. The San Luis Valley location is ideal for this work because it supports nationally significant wetlands for shorebirds and has a rich cultural heritage, with the Latino community comprising nearly 50% of the total population. In addition, Adams State University located in the San Luis Valley, a HACU institution, has worked with BLM locally to develop a land and resource management curriculum to ensure students graduating in this discipline have courses that are required to qualify for entry-level positions. This internship provides both a tremendous opportunity for recruitment and retention of an underrepresented group, and helps to ensure strong and effective efforts are made to engage this integral component of the local community in natural resource management discussions and efforts.


  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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