Wild Horse Rangeland Management Resource Assistant

MobilizeGreen John Day, OR
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In partnership with the US Forest Service, MobilizeGreen is seeking a Resource Assistant intern to work on the Blue Mountain Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest in Eastern Oregon. The Malheur is leading the establishment of a multi-agency wild horse territory management program as we move through the EIS process for the first time. The RA would have the rare opportunity to contribute to the wild horse program foundations and to gain valuable experience participating in the inception of this program - few people in the country have such an opportunity. The "timber horses" of the Murderer's Creek Territory are unique and inhabit mountainous terrain of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon. The Malheur horses can be elusive and tend to be relatively isolated from other herds in Oregon. Spotting these horses, even from the air, is a challenge due to heavy timber canopy cover.

The Malheur's 142,741 acre Wild Horse Territory, jointly managed with the BLM, includes cattle grazing allotments, deer, big horn sheep, and elk herds, with a focus on critical big game winter range along with steelhead critical habitat (T&E Species). The Murderers Creek area and its natural resources are very complex and challenging to manage due to the multiple administrative organizations with various jurisdictions and authorities within and adjacent to the Territory - some often competing. Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Phillip Schneider Wildlife Area, BLM, Malheur and Ochoco Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife/National Marine Fisheries, various Tribes, counties, and private land owners all have great interest and involvement in the area.

Term: Full-time (40 hours per week) for 26 weeks, starting May/June 2018.

Benefits:

* $500/week living stipend

* Housing provided in John Day, OR

* Gain practical on-the-job experience with work-related training opportunities

* Make connections to the Forest Service network of staff, partners, and stakeholders.

* 2-year non-competitive hiring authority to apply for qualifying permanent Forest Service positions upon successful completion of the program (at least 960 hours of service)

Duties & Responsibilities:

Resource Assistant duties include a balance of field, education/on the job training, and office data compilation and management.

* Assist the Malheur Forest Range NEPA team and Program Manager to advance, document, and expedite NEPA/Planning workloads.

* Assist field personnel with project implementation, monitoring, and maintenance work within the Murderers Creek Wild Horse Territory.

* Assist fisheries biologists with riparian specific monitoring and documentation.

* Assist wildlife biologists with springs and fence inventory and game camera placement, critical habitat monitoring, and utilization pattern mapping.

* Participate in utilization transects.

* Attend any related collaborative meetings or partner coordination meetings.

* Help fill data gaps and provide relief to existing staff workloads in the range, fisheries and aquatics, and wildlife programs.

* Other tasks/duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications:

* Undergraduate or graduate student with an emphasis in environmental science, resource management, wildlife biology, or range management.

* Solid administrative and data entry skills.

* Ability to hike in various terrains and conduct data gathering independently or with a team.

* Ability to quickly learn Forest Service data gathering methods and GPS skills.

* Ability to drive (or learn to drive) a four-wheel drive vehicle or ATV - potentially working hours beyond an 8 hour day (usually when in the field) and, at times, during challenging weather conditions.

* Knowledge of or experience with large ungulates or grazing type animals (i.e. horses, cattle, elk, deer).

* Ability to work as a team member, learn quickly, and be "teachable" or accept direction. We are willing to invest in the development of a motivated, but inexperienced person, knowing few individuals possess many of the skills needed in this program area.

* John Day and Grant County are somewhat remote, with people often traveling 2.5 3 hours west to Bend/Redmond or east to Boise for certain unavailable amenities. Thus, a reliable personal vehicle would be helpful.

Housing and Work Station:

Government housing based in John Day, OR is available for the chosen RA for the full 6 months of the assistantship. All necessary equipment, workspace and supplies are in place for the RA.

Requirements:

* S. Citizen

* Valid Driver's License

* Background check

To apply, please submit:

* Resume

* Statement of interest for this position and why you would be a good fit

* 3 professional references