Ecosystem Services Student Intern – Colorado State Land Board

Summary:

The Colorado State Land Board has an immediate opening for an Ecosystem Services Student Intern this summer. The Intern will work between 30-40 hours per week. Starting and ending dates are flexible. This position pays $20/hour.  
 
Responsibilities:
The Intern will work on water, biodiversity and carbon market research. There is the opportunity for fieldwork if the intern is interested.
 
WATER MARKET: Conduct water market demand investigation for wetland and stream mitigation credits throughout Colorado using the HUC-8 watershed boundaries.
  • Call counties, state agencies, utilities (such as Denver Water, Big Thompson Water Project) to learn about planned capital improvement projects that will require wetland mitigation credits.  
  • Distill collected information to prioritize HUC-8 watersheds for more in-depth analysis of state trust lands containing wetlands to see if they have potential for wetland mitigation banks.
  • Identify SLB trustland parcels in High Demand Watersheds with high, medium and low potential for wetland mitigation.
BIODIVERSITY MARKET: Assemble collected field data on Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat and identify potential for mitigation opportunities on state trust lands.  
  • Review existing wildlife conservation plans and determine specific SLB strategy for capturing/applying for mitigation potential.
  • Review collected field notes and data from Lesser Prairie Chicken rapid field assessments to assess potential for mitigation.  
CARBON MARKET: Ascertain potential for carbon sequestration on state trust lands through four low-generation sources.
  • Research measures used to quantify potential carbon assets: Forest Management and Forestry, Agricultural soil, Grassland management/Livestock, Biomass
  • Apply carbon quantification measures on state trust lands.
Deadline:
Open until filled. Early applications encouraged.  
 
If interested in this position please contact: Mindy Gottsegen (Stewardship Trust/Conservation Services Manager):
State of Colorado, State Land Board
1127 Sherman Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203
office: 303.866.3454 x-3318 | cell: 303.704.0209 | fax: 303.866-3377
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