American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Bureau of Land Management, is seeking Two Upland and Riparian/Aquatics Team Members to contribute to Upland and Riparian/Aquatic habitat monitoring projects alongside the Vale District BLM Staff.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: May 2024
Estimated End Date: 26 weeks after the start date
*a 26-week minimum commitment is required *
Location Details/Description: Vale, OR
The main duty station for this position will be Vale, OR. Some work, no more than 10%, may occur out of the Baker City, OR office, so travel will be required for this position. The Vale District is 5.2 million acres and has lands boarding Washington, Idaho, and Nevada. Much of the work will be accomplished in very remote locations on rugged terrain that require a 4×4 truck to access, it may take 4 hours of driving to reach a work site. Because of the long drive times it may be necessary to work 12 hour days to complete the work. Members will need to be able to spend multiple nights away in the field, either camping or staying in government provided bunkhouses. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees from June through August, there are few shade trees at the work sites so sun/heat tolerance is a must.
Vale, OR has a rich ranching and rural history; there are ample rodeos and county fairs to attend during the summer. Nearby Weiser, ID annually hosts the national old-time fiddle competition in June. Outdoor recreation near Vale is expansive with public lands surrounding the area ranging from arid desert to montane ecosystems. Although abundant, facilitated trails and access are limited, with just a few established hiking trails, most recreation requires horses or all-terrain vehicles for access. It is 1.5 hours driving to the W, N or E to reach forested recreation. Shopping is limited in Vale (grocery store, hardware store, and gas stations), but Ontario OR, 20 minutes to the E provides a larger selection including a natural foods store. If you are willing to travel 1 hour you are in the Boise, ID area with unlimited cultural events and shopping opportunities. For more information about Vale District Office: Please visit Vale District Office for further location details.
Duties for Botany include monitoring upland vegetation within areas previously burned by wildfire using established protocols. Monitoring would occur at established points within projects, though there will be a need to establish some new plots. Monitoring will entail identifying plants and recording data on forms. Other fieldwork may include monitoring upland vegetation in Research Natural Areas. The office portion for Botany will include managing the data collected and assisting with summarizing the data for annual reports.
Duties for Riparian/Aquatics include monitoring riparian vegetation, geomorphic, and water quality attributes to ensure management objectives for habitat and watershed function are being met. Site visits will entail navigating to established remote sites, 1-5 mile hikes on steep rocky terrain, identifying riparian plant species, filling out site forms according to protocol, and entering data into specific BLM databases. Additional hydrology tasks include establishment of new monitoring transects and water quality stations with mentor. The office portion of Riparian/Aquatics will include managing Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) databases for Vale District. The MIM database is based in Microsoft Access with embedded macros to calculate measured metrics and statistics. Spatial data will be entered into GIS using OR/WA BLM Aquatic Data Tools.
The majority of the work to be accomplished will be completed in the field.
- Gather field information to inform the success of post fire treatments and assess the health of vegetation post fire.
- Monitor riparian vegetation, geomorphic, and water quality attributes to ensure management objectives for habitat and watershed function are being met. Parameters measured on each waterbody are used to inform compliance with the Endangered Species Act-Section 7 Consultation, Land Use Plans, and policy set forth by state and national regulatory agencies.
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: Anticipated work schedule will be Monday through Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm Mountain Time Zone. Days and hours may vary throughout the position and there is some room for occasional flexibility in the work schedule for specific circumstances.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $700/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: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or BLM.
Housing Assistance: ACE Members will be eligible for reimbursable housing assistance up to $138 per week. The ACE Member will only be reimbursed for approved and demonstrated housing expenses. A car is necessary if you want to venture outside of Vale.
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.
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. Specific training may include 4×4 driving, Upland monitoring protocols, Riparian/Aquatic monitoring and inventory protocols (MIM, PFC, Aquatic AIM), Use of Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) database (Microsoft Access), Minimal training in the use of ArcPro (GIS) will be available so a base understanding of ArcGIS/ArcPro is preferred.