Bureau of Land Management Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader

AIM Crew Leader– Albuquerque

Job Description
Bureau of Land Management Vegetation Monitoring Crew Leader

Position Title: Crew Leader
Position Type: Full-time, temporary, 52 weeks
Location: New Mexico: Albuquerque and Las Cruces
Salary: $680/week, DOE
Benefits: Paid training, $12/day camp rate per diem, generous health benefits package
Program Dates: April 2018 – April 2019

Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission
It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment.

Program Overview:
Interns will work in a crew of 3 people (one crew lead and two technicians) to monitor land health on National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, rangeland allotments, or reference areas. Participants will manage all aspects of vegetation monitoring using the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) methodology. More information on the BLM’s AIM strategy can be found on the AIM website: http://aim.landscapetoolbox.org/. Within all plots, vegetation will be identified to species; line-point intercept will be used to gather species cover and composition data; soil stability will be measured; and soil pit descriptions will be required. All data will be georeferenced using a GPS unit and stored in an ArcGIS geodatabase. Data are entered into the Database for Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment (DIMA) on site with ruggedized tablets and are further analyzed and synthesized into various reports for future land management planning. Subsequent, professional reports must be completed and will involve the presentation of scientific data and pre and post treatment analysis. Crew may be camping 1-6 nights/week, depending on location. The crew may also have the opportunity to assist with other public land management projects involving wildlife, range and forestry.

The crew lead is responsible for: supporting and managing the field crew’s safety and wellbeing, coordinating field logistics and scheduling, managing the crew’s equipment, and completing administrative paperwork. Before, during and after field data collection the lead is responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected using both Microsoft Access and ArcGIS. The crew lead will be required to analyze and report data to various BLM offices and stakeholders. Written reports must be completed and will involve the presentation of scientific data and pre/post treatment analysis.

General Qualifications:
Applicants should have a degree in ecology, botany, range science, soil science, wildlife biology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or a related field. The crew lead position must have previous vegetation monitoring experience and have experience in a leadership role. The lead should also have experience working as part of a team and be able to work well with others. This should include excellent communication, organizational and planning skills. Applicants with previous AIM or Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health training are highly preferred.

Identifying plants to species and experience with a taxonomic key is essential to the position. Familiarity with New Mexico flora is beneficial. The leader should also have experience with GPS units as well as experience creating maps, performing basic analysis and organizing data within GIS software (ArcMap). Background in statistics/Microsoft Access is useful. The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping.

Applicant must be physically fit, able to stand and walk for long periods of time (at a minimum 6 miles/day) and lift items that weigh up to 40 pounds in upwards of 100 degree heat. The successful applicant will have experience and willingness to spend multiple days camping in remote areas and be familiar with best practices for field safety and Leave No Trace principles. A government vehicle will be used for work travel but a personal vehicle is highly recommended for travel to and from the duty station and for personal time. Experience safely operating 4WD trucks on paved and unpaved roads, often in remote areas on unimproved roads is also necessary. There is potential for working in adverse conditions including extreme heat and monsoonal rains and hazardous wildlife (i.e. rattlesnakes, scorpions), so field safety skills and risk management are important. The successful applicant will also attend CPR, First Aid training and Defensive Driving (or provide certification if still current). Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Prior to starting this position a government security background clearance will be required.

College Graduate
U.S. Citizenship
Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
A departure record ( INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
Driver’s License

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To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application.


Job Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Position Type
600.00 – 680.00 USD