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