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Wilderness & River Monitoring Posted Mar 07
Western Colorado Conservation Corps , Grand Junction, CO
This position will help monitor use and resource impact on the Gunnison, San Miguel and Dolores Rivers. The intern will help maintain recreation areas on and adjacent to the rivers, which could involve trail maintenance, facility cleanliness, and fee collection.

The intern will help with interpretation and outreach within the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, which could include assisting with volunteer projects, conducting environmental education, and making contacts with members of the public/commercial outfitters.

The intern will inventory, monitor, and evaluate Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, and lands with wilderness characteristics within the Uncompahgre Field Office boundaries.

This position works weekends, evenings, and overnights regularly.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management principles, concepts, and practices, particularly wilderness. Knowledge of BLM laws, regulations, and policies related to multiple-use resource management and planning.

Solid swiftwater safety skills: Ability to safely negotiate complex hydraulics and obstacles to perform self-rescue and aid in the rescue of others.

Whitewater boating skills: Expert level in the use of rafts (oar rigs and paddle boats), and inflatable and hard-shell kayaks in technical Class IV whitewater.

Backcountry camping and backpacking skills: Ability to safely and efficiently backpack in remote, rough terrain for multiple days.

Current certification or ability to become certified/recertified in First Aid and CPR. Wilderness First Responder, and Swiftwater Rescue certification desired, but not necessary. BLM may offer Swiftwater Rescue Technician training once interns are on board.

Ability to operate a variety of motor vehicles, including 4WD trucks. Trailer towing experience required. A valid state driver’s license is required.

Ability to coordinate and conduct routine maintenance, safety, and resource protection projects at remote recreation sites and facilities.

Working knowledge or experience with the use of gasoline and electrical power tools and hand tools to complete projects such as sign installation, fence and gate construction, trail maintenance, tree removal, and construction and other resource projects as assigned.

Ability to interact with the public and commercial outfitters to provide information concerning BLM regulations, recreation opportunities, and fee information, and to assure compliance of commercial outfitters with the Special Recreation Permit stipulations.

Ability to tactfully address and discuss controversial BLM policies with the public and commercial outfitters.

Knowledge of interpretive communication techniques, and ability to communicate a strong resource-based message to children and adults with diverse backgrounds.

Ability to interact with and perform as group leader for seasonal employees and volunteer groups on projects.

Ability to work alone in remote locations under a wide variety of weather conditions. Work involves physically demanding (carrying up to 50 pounds), long days with many outings conducted as multi-day work trips requiring camping out. Ability to endure strenuous physical exertion in adverse weather conditions including hiking, lifting, carrying, bending, digging, rowing, walking, and standing.

Ability to document work and observations using BLM inventory, monitoring, and reporting forms.

Willingness to routinely work weekends and holidays during high visitor use periods.

Ability to use a GPS and other GIS-related software and tablets; basic computer operations.

Ability to pass required background checks.

Physical Requirements:

The duties of this position require operation of various types of vehicles including four-wheel drive trucks, UTV's and other non-motorized watercraft. Duties also require hiking long distances in remote areas, both on-trail and off-trail. Roads are often extremely rough and are located in isolated areas. The incumbent will also be required to perform physically demanding duties in steep and rugged terrain as well as sedentary duties within an office setting.

The field environment ranges from grass and desert shrub communities in the lower elevations to pinyon-juniper communities on rough, dissected slopes. Most of the setting is remote with minimal infrastructure and challenging access conditions. Most of the setting is very remote with minimal infrastructure and challenging access conditions including Class III/IV river conditions. Normal field temperatures vary from triple digits in the summer months to temperatures in the 20's during the winter months. The incumbent will often be working alone in remote areas and must be responsible for their personal safety. This position requires both office and field work.

Hourly Wage: $13.00/hr at 900 hours (up to $11,700)


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