ACE EPIC BLM Colorado: Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Program

American Conservation Experience

Monte Vista , Colorado

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, is seeking Four Team Member Interns for 20-22 weeks to assist BLM Biologists in completing this year's Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) objectives. Interns will serve in teams of 3 (2 team members and 1 Lead). 

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in botany, biology, conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Colorado's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.

Start Date: May 7th, 2017

End Date:  20-22 weeks from the start date

You must indicate which field office you would like to be considered for. Please note either, if both are desired

Location: San Luis Valley Field Office (SLVFO) Monte Vista, CO and Royal Gorge Field Office, Canyon City, CO

Project Background and Objectives:  Under the direction and supervision of the BLM Biologist the participants will monitor areas within public lands managed by the BLM's San Luis Valley Field Office (SLVFO) and Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO). Range allotments across the field offices will be inventoried and/or monitored for permit renewals as well as determining the overall condition of the landscape. The participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring on the treatments using the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology and an understanding and experience with identifying vegetation to species is essential for the position.

Within all plots vegetation will be identified to species, line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data, shrub density will be measured, and soil descriptions will be required. All point data will be gathered using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geo-database. Once fieldwork is completed, the data will be entered into a DIMA (Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment) database, analyzed, and synthesized into a report for future land management planning.

Site Information and History:  

The San Luis Valley Field Office is located in south-central Colorado, the San Luis Valley covers Alamosa, Rio Grande, Costilla, Conejos, Saguache, and Mineral counties. Within the SLVFO, there are seven Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, three Wilderness Study Areas, and four Solar Energy Zones. 

The Royal Gorge Feild Office administers more than 668,000 surface acres of public land along the Front Range and 6.8 million sub-surface acres. Since the field office spans such a large area, it covers a variety of terrain and is involved in a multitude of initiatives.

For more information regarding BLM's adaptive management practices visit:, and for information about SLVFO and for RGFO.

You can also visit for more information about ACE and the EPIC program.

Compensation:  $480/per week. Typical workweek will be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. Some survey protocols will require an adjustment of the workday, however bi-weekly totals will amount to 80 hours. Housing is not provided and the participants will be responsible for finding their own housing. A number of rental units exist within and around the Alamosa area.

AmeriCorps: These positions may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the internship. Additional AmeriCorps enrollment will be required. Award may range from $1,500 to $2,865. 

Position Description:  Approximately 80% of the work will be outdoor fieldwork and the remainder will be office work.  Fieldwork will be in an outdoor environment where climate, weather, and terrain require can be demanding.

Training: The crew will attend a training provided by the Jornada Experimental Range and the BLM's National Operations Center. They will also be trained in Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health.  AIM crews will be paired with a staff Biologist to provide oversight and mentorship, and are encouraged to network with SLVFO BLM staff.  CPR and First Aid Training will be provided if a participant's certification is out of date.  

Qualifications:  Applicants should have degree in ecology, botany, range science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, biology, conservation biology, or related field.  Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The applicant must have experience identifying plants to species and Experience with a taxonomic key is essential to the position to identify flora to species. A familiarity with southern Colorado and northern New Mexican flora is beneficial.


  • Interns must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in backcountry travel on foot
  • Interns must be US citizen or possess a green card 
  • Must be 18-35 years of age.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, must be 21+ to qualify to drive ACE vehicles. Driving history record checks will be completed by ACE upon enrollment, if selected. 
  • Experience traveling in a backcountry environment
  • Plant identification skills
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
  • Database management and ArcGIS software experience
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • English proficiency is imperative
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.


  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management;
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.

AIM/ACE Crew must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

**Position posting may close/change at any time**

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Katelyn Jordan, BLM AIM Program Coordinator, at or 385-377-4116.


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