[PCA] JOB OPPORTUNITY: Conservation Corps New Mexico Rare Plant Survey Intern (Farmington, NM) (January 4, 2021)

Carr, Amanda (Mandie) N ancarr at blm.gov
Thu Nov 5 15:06:27 CST 2020

 *Deadline: JANUARY 4, 2021

*Overview: Full-time; Term-limited (24 weeks; anticipated April 5, 2021 - September 27, 2021)

*Position: Rare Plant Survey Intern (2 openings)

Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. The CCNM Individual Placement Program is managed from the Arizona Conservation Corps office in Tucson, Arizona. The CCNM program office in Las Cruces manages the CCNM field program.

The BLM Farmington Field Office manages nearly 1.4 million acres of scenic public lands in northwestern New Mexico's San Juan Basin for multiple uses, ranging from energy development to wildlife habitat to recreation and conservation. The Farmington Field Office manages prehistoric, historic, and cultural sites, recreation sites, and 2.7 million acres of Federal mineral estate.

The selected individuals will visit locations across public lands managed by the Farmington, Rio Puerco and Socorro Field Offices, where they will conduct rare plant surveys in order to assess habitat suitability. Special attention will be given to three BLM-sensitive plant species: Aztec gilia (Aliciella formosa), Clover's cactus (Sclerocactus cloverae), and Gypsum Townsend's aster (Townsendia gypsophila). The data gathered will assist with conservation efforts for these special status species. These positions will involve significant driving, hiking, and use of field-based GIS equipment such as ArcCollector. The Farmington Field Office does not have available housing. Interns must provide their own personal transportation to the duty office.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

*        Assist Plant Conservation and Restoration Program by ground-truthing habitat suitability models.

*        Visit random assigned points to conduct vegetation surveys.

*        Record data for all rare species found at each survey site.

*        Record data for other special status plants species at survey sites.

*Location: Farmington, NM

*Who may apply: Open to the public

*Compensation/Benefits: $600/week stipend + AmeriCorps Education Award ($3047) + Public Lands Corps Certificate (only available to interns between the ages of 18-30)

*Full announcement and application: https://sccorps-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=2318

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