Conservation Corps AIM Aquatic Crew Leader - Uncompahgre, CO in Montrose, Colorado

Job Description

Bureau of Land Management Aquatic Monitoring Crew Leader

*Position Title: *Crew Leader

*Position Type: *Full-time

*Location: *Colorado: Uncompahgre

*Salary: *$600-$680/week, DOE

Benefits: Paid training, $12/day camp rate per diem, generous health benefits package

*Program Dates: *May 2018 – November 2018

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:

In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southwest Conservation Corps is seeking stream habitat assessment leaders to assist in the implementation of the aquatic Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) initiative. The technicians will be trained in partnership with the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (Utah State University). Interns will work in a crew of 2 people (one crew lead and one technician) to assess stream habitat. Interns will sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the BLM’s aquatic AIM protocol. Successful applicants will spend 4-8 days in a row in the field camping and collecting water quality data, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrate samples.

*General Qualifications: *

Required Skills:

  • An excellent attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn

  • Course work in natural resources/ecology or other scientific fields

  • Field experience collecting scientific data

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • The ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic maps

  • The ability to work in the field in harsh weather conditions, with little contact with the outside world for up to 8 days at a time

  • The ability to work closely and amicably with one other field technician for several days at a time with little to no contact with other people

  • The ability to interact and communicate professionally with multiple stakeholders including: landowners, recreationalists, hunters, anglers, and BLM employees

  • A high degree of comfort wading in all types of streams including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, deep mud, and log jams

  • A willingness to work long days (10 - 12hrs)

Required Experience:

  • Experience with primitive camping

  • Experience driving 4X4 vehicles on rough roads (or a willingness to learn)

  • A valid driver’s license

  • Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills

  • Wilderness first aid certification

  • Leadership skills and experience

  • Coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology

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. An organization 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
  • 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.

Tracking Code: 1043-984

Job Location: Montrose, Colorado, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 600.00 - 680.00 USD

Type: Full-time