- Title: Ancestral Lands – Riparian Monitoring Individual Placement (2 Positions)
- Term: May 4th, 2020 – July 24th, 2020 OR June 8,2020 – August 28th, 2020
- Stipend: $400/week (+ housing and Education Award)
- Reports to: Save Our Bosque Task Force
- Location: Socorro, NM 87801Status: 450 – hour
- Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $1,612.43 after each successful completion
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. The Ancestral Lands program is specifically designed to engage Native American youth and young adults with offices in Acoma, Durango, Gallup, Salida, Zuni, and Hopi. *Ancestral Lands serves local tribal communities in the regions we operate. Applicants must be Native American.
Program Overview: The Save Our Bosque Task Force works to enhance recreation, advance habitat restoration, and provide environmental education and community outreach. The vision of the Save Our Bosque Task Force is a riparian ecosystem that functions as naturally as possible within the limitations of 21st century infrastructure and politics, and with the respect for the customs and cultures of the people of Socorro County. This internship provides the opportunity to gain experience in the field of restoration ecology and get involved with numerous projects throughout Socorro County and beyond. Each summer, interns design and implement their own independent project which is presented to the Save Our Bosque Task Force and their partners. The interns benefit the community and the environment by conducting monitoring efforts and conservation activities on different projects throughout the summer that will include vegetation monitoring, site mapping, and flow velocity tracking at backwater restoration sites benefiting the endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow and fire rehabilitation sites. The interns will also play a key role in community outreach for the proposed Socorro Valley Rio Grande Trail segment. In addition to these tasks, the interns will also have the opportunity to work with various agencies and wildlife refuges conducting Tamarisk leaf beetle monitoring and hydrological surveys, among other tasks.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
- Conduct field monitoring on restoration sites
- Work with supervisor and fellow intern to complete Flow Tracker measurements (velocity, depth, temperature), inundation mapping at 2000 cfs, vegetation monitoring, and manual removal of invasive species
- Drive/hike to site locations to collect data, map inundation extent, and conduct vegetation monitoring
- Training in the following will be provided:GIS, GPS, FlowTracker, plant identification, PPE, and safety protoco
- lAssist with hydrologic, vegetation, and arthropod monitoring at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Tiffany Fire footprint and other sites
- Record detailed data and assist with monitoring acitivities at project sites
- Hike to potential future sites to note GPS coordinates, terrain, and activity
- Collaborate with Refuge staff in designing/establishing arthropod survey exclosure and conducting surveys
- Training in the following will be provided:GIS, data collection, data management, arthropod survey techniques, vegetation monitoring techniques, plant identification, hydrologic survey techniques
- Assist with public outreach, mapping, and other tasks related to the planning of the Socorro Valley TrailRecord detailed data and map potential route alignments
- Plan and execute public outreach related to the trail, engage with the public
- Create informative materials for the public to distribute at events/add to website
Training in the following will be provided:
- Website development (WIX), Avenza
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental/Conservation Science (or similar field), some knowledge of GIS
- Must have a personal vehicle to travel to and from work, for work travel, a work vehicle will be provided.
- The successful applicant must be reliable, punctual, and self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after initial training and assignment of tasks.
- The applicant must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds occasionally, up to 30 pounds frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds constantly.
- The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office work and fieldwork. This includes frequently traversing uneven terrain and the ability to walk, balance, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, push, pull, and/or grasp in variable weather conditions and situations that may require a moderate amount of physical exertion.
- Applicant must have a visual acuity and valid license to operate motor vehicles and to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work assigned.
- Applicant must be able to receive detailed information through written and/or oral communication and convey important spoken and/or written instructions accurately and effectively.
- 21 years of age or older
- U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551, Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551A passport indicating that the INS has been 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
- Valid driver’s license
Housing if provided with this position. Apply Now! To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. Contact Clara at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.