American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Burns BLM District Office, is seeking One Riparian Monitoring Member to contribute to Riparian Monitoring project alongside Bureau of Land Management Staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: June 2024
Estimated End Date: 24 weeks after the start date
*a 24-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Hines, Oregon
The Burns District is located in southeastern Oregon, extending from the Oregon-Nevada border on the south into the Blue Mountains on the north, a distance of nearly 200 miles. There are over 3.36 million acres of public land and it is divided into two Field Offices: Three Rivers, roughly 1.68 million acres in the northern portion of the District; and Andrews/Steens, 1.68 million acres of public land in the south. Within the District boundary there are also large areas of private, other Federal and State lands. The Burns District is in the Northern Great Basin, which has a high-desert climate and is dominated by sagebrush habitats, including over 1 million acres of Wilderness and Wilderness Study Area. Hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, bird watching, and many other outdoor activities can be found throughout the county.
Northern Paiutes or their ancestors, have lived in the region for thousands of years. Since the arrival of Euro-Americans in the 19th century, cattle ranching and other forms of agriculture have dominated land use in the area. In addition to ranching, a variety of private and public enterprises support the Burns-Hines economy in the 21st century. Annual events include a migratory bird festival, a gravel bike race, the county fair, and a country music jamboree.
The Burns/Hines area has a population of just over 4,000 people, and is home to about 60 percent of the people in the sparsely populated Harney County, which is by area the largest in Oregon and the ninth largest in the United States. Burns/Hines has all required amenities including multiple grocery stores, restaurants, vehicle service stations, coffee shops, banks, a movie theater, and other local businesses that provide multiple goods and services.
As Burns/Hines is a small community, additional amenities can be found approximately 2.5 hours west Bend, OR and 3 hours east in Boise, Idaho. The closest commercial airport is located in Redmond, OR.
For more information about Burns District Office please visit https://www.blm.gov/office/burns-district-office for further location details.
Position Overview: This will be primarily a field going position. Elevation ranges from 3,500 to 9,700 feet and temperatures range from a high of over 100 degrees in the summer to a low of below 0 degrees in the winter. Average annual rainfall is approximately 11 inches, with 22 inches average snowfall. Much of the terrain is steep and uneven. Vegetation ranges from forests dominated by Ponderosa Pine to sagebrush systems with interspersed riparian areas and meadows. Ticks are common, especially in grassy or shrubby areas. Some field locations have poor or no cell-phone reception; however, the BLM will supply two-way radios with excellent coverage and dispatch support. Most BLM roads are natural dirt or gravel-surfaced.
This position will support the Burns District’s natural resource programs, specifically the fisheries and riparian programs, though ACE Members may assist in other programs as well. The work will be in support of various activities taking place on the district, including range, restoration, wildlife, and fuels projects.
Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Water temperature monitoring
- Photo monitoring
- Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of stream channels
- Greenline monitoring
- Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) of lotic and lentic systems
- Utilization monitoring
- Browse monitoring
- Use supervision
- Weed documentation/monitoring
- Project inspection
- Project repair
- Data Entry
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
Schedule: The work schedules will generally be four10-hour days during the field season and five 8-hour days during the remainder of the year, with weekends off. This will be primarily a field going position.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $800/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. The living allowance is a fixed rate determined by the Bureau of Land Management and ACE and is not flexible.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online https://www.usaconservation.org/epic/#eligibility-requirements.
Housing: The housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or BLM. There is limited public bus service within the Burns/Hines area. While bike commuting may be a reasonable option in town. A car is necessary to enjoy the majority of the region.
Relocation Assistance: ACE members will have access to up to $500 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.
Gear Assistance: ACE members will have up to $200 to spend on eligible gear purchases. Eligible gear for this position includes, [pair of boots, backpack], and must be approved by ACE staff prior to purchase.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. The BLM will strive to provide the members with opportunities to shadow conservation professionals to learn about multiple ecological disciplines and develop a variety of skills while learning about multiple uses in rural America. While specific training will be provided, a foundational knowledge of riparian plant identification is required for this position.
The members can expect to learn (or improve upon) the following skills – plant identification, use of a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and GIS (Geographic Information System) software, and multiple vegetation survey and monitoring techniques. In addition, the Members will have opportunities to interact with a variety of BLM specialists (including range, wildlife, weeds, and riparian/fisheries specialists) and learn about public land management issues.