Position Title: Crew Member
Position Type: Full-time, temporary, 24 weeks
Number of Positions: 22
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 †
Locations in New Mexico:
Farmington BLM Field Office †
Taos BLM Field Office †
Rio Puerco BLM Field Office in Albuquerque †
Socorro BLM Field Office †
Carlsbad BLM Field Office †
*April 25th, 2022 – October 7th, 2022
† May 16th, 2022 – October 28th, 2022
Living Stipend: $560/week ($640/week in Carlsbad and Taos)
Benefits: Paid attendance to training; Wilderness First Aid (or reimbursement if course was paid personally and taken after April 2021); uniform shirt; $13/day food allowance if camping; AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,247.50 upon satisfactory completion of term
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 (i.e., soil and vegetation) on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, burn scars, 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 (50%). 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 to be later 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, recreation, rare plant monitoring, or forestry (5%), contingent on sampling productivity and BLM staff availability. The first several weeks of the term consist of heavy training and orientation to the Field Office and the project’s many facets and logistics. The rest of the term is typically routine, with the goal to sample the target number of plots using the AIM methodology.
About Southwest Conservation Corps
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a program of the non-profit service organization, Conservation Legacy, that is built on the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that operated from 1933 – 1942. SCC provides youth and young adults opportunities to complete conservation projects on public lands. While serving with SCC, members receive training on job skills, conflict resolution, leadership, teamwork, and environmental stewardship. Programs are developed using a step ladder approach to provide a progression of skill development based on a member’s needs.