Position Title: Crew Leader
Position Type: Full-time, temporary
Number of Positions: 6
Locations in Colorado:
Tres Rios BLM Field Office in Dolores
Uncompahgre BLM Field Office in Montrose
Grand Junction BLM Field Office
Gunnison BLM Field Office
Royal Gorge BLM Field Office in Cañon City
San Luis Valley BLM Field Office in Monte Vista
Late April or early May 2021 to mid-late November 2021 (28 weeks)
Benefits: Paid training; camping food allowance ($13/day via company credit card); health benefits package; 5 paid days of personal leave
Hiring Benefits: Public Land Corps hiring authority: eligible to use, for two years upon completion of term, a noncompetitive hiring status for consideration when applying to competitive service positions for a federal agency. Must be under age 31 upon issue of certificate.
Southwest Conservation Corps’s Mission
It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment.
Bureau of Land Management’s Mission
The Bureau of Land Management’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Crews will conduct vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, & Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/. Crews will consist of three individuals: two crew members and one crew lead. Together, they will monitor land health on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology.
Within all plots, the crew will identify vegetation to species, gather species cover and composition data using line-point intercept and gap measurements, measure soil stability, and describe the site and soil pits. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into a database on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and, at the end of the season, synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range, and forestry.
Fieldwork is often in remote areas. Crews are often required to drive to several different areas of the Field or District Office throughout a four- to eight-day work week (colloquially, “hitch”), camp overnight, share camp meals and chores, hike several miles per day carrying equipment, and return to the office for equipment and data management.
About Southwest Conservation Corps
The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit, AmeriCorps-affiliated organization, whose mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. SCC engages motivated young adults ages 18 -25, youth ages 14-18, and post 9/11 Era Veterans, to complete challenging and impactful conservation and service projects throughout the Four Corners region. Projects may include, trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.