Institution: American Conservation Experience
Location: El Centro, California
Closing date: Start date is mid or late May 2015
American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management of California (BLM Desert District) is seeking three wildlife management interns and one Wildlife Management Team Lead Fellow to dedicate 11 weeks to implement the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) range-wide management strategy through research, monitoring and management. This management plan will provide guidance for the conservation and management of habitat to sustain and maintain the remaining populations of the Flat-tailed horned lizard.
Interns will work directly with BLM Resource Specialists to conduct demographic and occupancy monitoring in the East Mesa, Yuha Desert, and West Mesa Management Areas. The Wildlife Management Team Lead Fellow will provide day-to-day oversight of the monitoring effort and field projects, as well as be responsible for working closely with the BLM with project logistics and for data-entry and BLM database management.
This position is physically demanding for the Team Lead Fellow and Wildlife Management Interns alike as it is primarily performed in the backcountry and in harsh desert environments. Fieldwork and data collection will require the ability of interns to work as a group and individually, often walking long distances during all types of weather conditions, and over steep and uneven terrain.
The start date is May 15- June 1, 2015. (The actual date may be flexible for the right candidate. Please indicate your start date availability in your application!) Work will end July 31- August 12, 2015 (11 weeks from the start date).
The ACE Wildlife Management Interns will work 40 hours/week and will receive a weekly living allowance of $140/wk for food and incidentals. The Wildlife Team Lead Fellow will work 40 hours/week and receive a weekly living allowance of $ 400/week. for food and incidentals. Housing is provided.
- Applicants must have a degree (or be working towards a degree) in ecology, wildlife biology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.
- US Citizens and Green Card holders only
- Be between the age of 18 and 25
- Have a deep interest in wildlife and natural resource management
- Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation. (A vehicle will be provided for work and travel, but applicants must provide for their personal transportation.)
- Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences;
- Able and willing to alone and in a group
- Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor
- Ability to work independently in remote areas
- Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE
- Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the BLM reserves the right to require drug testing.
- Experience and/or knowledge of wildlife ecology and management
- Experience and/or knowledge in desert ecosystems
- Experience and/or knowledge of local fauna and flora
- Experience and/or knowledge in various field data collection methods using standard protocols
- Experience and/or knowledge with GPS equipment
- Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
- Experience driving four wheel drive vehicles and/or ATV over rugged roads
- Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
- Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the BLM and other federal land management agencies
The BLM will provide the initial training for the interns on lizard identification, plot set up, and implementation of protocols. BLM will provide data sheets, Passive Integrate Transponder (PIT) tags and pit tag readers. BLM staff will show and provide each intern with training on handling and tagging lizards. Defensive Driving with an online test will be required in order to drive the ACE vehicle.
Apply online at usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/33324.html.
Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with public lands and resource management.
Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position will close as soon as it is filled. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to call Peter Woodruff, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator at (801) 989-7069.