Wildlife Biologist/Technician – BLM Direct – Salt Lake City, UT

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Salt Lake City, UT – Field Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, Biology, Environmental Science, or Other degree.

Position Description:  Availability of water is considered a limiting factor for most wildlife species, and livestock. The state of Utah, BLM, and other cooperating agencies have developed waters for wildlife and domestic livestock on Salt Lake FO BLM lands. The spatial distribution of waters affect the grazing intensity on forage resources, in addition to the distribution and abundance of wildlife. The spatial distribution, NEPA status, and current condition of developed and natural water sources is unknown across the SLFO. We are currently developing a field data collection form, and conducting a review of files (spatial and hardcopy). We propose to conduct a survey of all existing developed waters within the Salt Lake Field Office. This project will span the course of multiple years due to the size of the area to be assessed.

The resource assistant intern would spearhead these efforts in addition to the following:

  1. Develop partnerships with volunteer organizations (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, etc.) to complete surveys.
  2. Oversee and participate in data collection.
  3. Train volunteers on data collection and water development maintenance as needed.
  4. Write grant proposals to secure funding to ensure project success.
  5. Coordinate with SLFO GIS staff to update and maintain geodatabase.
  6. Edit and improve survey methods as needed, including updating forms in ESRI’s Collector.

In addition to the water development survey, the resource assistant will also conduct habitat mapping of BLM sensitive mammal species, including white-tailed prairie dog, kit fox, pygmy rabbit, desert kangaroo mouse, and Preble’s shrew. These data will be collected using Collector. The intern will participate in data sheet development and identifying areas using ArcGIS within proposed FY18/19 treatment (vegetation, herbicide, or other disturbance activity) areas that are potential habitat. Areas will then be ground-truthed and potential habitat mapped using predetermined criteria. A final habitat map by treatment area and species will be the final deliverable.

The final deliverable for the water development survey is an updated geodatabase with current condition, maintenance needs, and locations of all waters. It is not expected that this will be completed this field season. However, the intern is expected to take the lead on this project and develop partnerships so surveys continue once their internship is over.

Ground-truthed mapped habitat for BLM sensitive species within proposed treatment areas will provide SLFO wildlife biologists with data for conducting analyses, and providing mitigation measures within treatment areas.


  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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