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