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Website back online – and growing!

Thanks for visiting! We are proud to announce the return of our website after several months in an internet black hole (pro tip – ALWAYS remember to have multiple back-ups of your content!). The website has been rebuilt, but we are still adding content all the time. Check back frequently as we restore your favorite content, and update our Resources page with useful links about soil, water, weeds, and more.

As always, feel free to contact our office with any questions or suggestions about the site.

Deadline Extended! Hiring 4 Range Management Technicians

Four full-time, seasonal positions: 11 weeks (June 3 – August 16, 2019) Pay rate: $14-$15/hour
Application deadline EXTENDED to March 21, 2019

This opening is for four technicians, who will be paired in two teams. Teams will assist BLM Rangeland Management Specialists with resource specific monitoring within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office of Farmington, NM.

These positions are 85-90% field work, conducting one of two types of vegetation monitoring. The first type is pre- and post- vegetative cover monitoring of 40 sagebrush treatments areas, including navigating to previously monitored sites using GPS data. The second type is trend monitoring, where vegetative cover and frequency monitoring will be conducted on multiple, established sites within 16 grazing allotments as part of a 3-year cycle trend monitoring program.

Field work locations are within a 2-hour driving radius of the Farmington BLM office, with many sites accessible only by dirt 4×4 roads. Standard weekly work schedule is four 10-hour days. Administrative work consists of scanning and filing written documentation and photos taken during monitoring, creating folders for new monitoring sites, and conducting calculations for data sheets.

The technicians may assist in other monitoring projects as time allows. These may include participation in rangeland health assessments (RHAs), livestock grazing utilization, riparian assessments (PFCs) and Brack’s cactus surveys. Other fill-in type projects may include inventory of rangeland improvement projects, flagging of new projects or organization of collected data.

Technicians can learn skills in various resource monitoring methods and gain practical experience for future jobs or graduate school. This position will expose technicians to BLM operations and its management of multi-function purposes for public lands.

The following skills are necessary for this position:

  • A working knowledge of GIS (ArcMap 10.2.2 or higher) and GPS data collection techniques;
  • Using maps/GPS to find monitoring or project locations;
  • Ability to drive 4-wheel vehicle comfortably in remote areas;
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail on data sheets, & time management on assignments;
  • Native plant identification including local weeds (or ability to learn quickly);
  • Ability to follow monitoring protocols for trend and vegetative surveys
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team, communicate effectively, and remain flexible/adaptable to changing situations in the field

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Completing Defensive Driving and 4-wheel Driving courses (links provided by BLM);
  • Obtaining clearance from BLM for building and computer access (direction from BLM staff);
  • Ability to work outdoors in semi-isolated areas and summer weather conditions, including ability to walk moderate distances over difficult or uneven terrain.

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, and will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Final application deadline extended to March 21, 2019. To apply, send cover letter and resume with contact info for 3 references to For questions about the position contact Range Management Specialist Barbara Witmore at (505) 490-2073 or

2019 San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest

It’s time for San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual Poster Contest! This competition is a fun way to get young people excited about conservation.

2019 Theme: “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”


All posters will be displayed at Farmington Public Library during Earth Week. Winners will be chosen by the community and San Juan SWCD board members.

Winners and their families will be invited to attend San Juan SWCD’s December 3rd Annual board meeting, where prizes will be awarded.


Each poster should be no larger than 22”x 28”; 11”x 17” posters are preferred. All posters should incorporate the title “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”. Posters submitted that do not relate to this year’s conservation topic theme will not be included in the judging.
Posters will be judged on conservation message, creativity, and visual appeal. The artwork must be the original work of the student. No photographs, magazine, or newspaper cutouts may be used.
Please include an entry form with each poster that includes: student’s name, school and teacher’s name, and student’s home phone number and mailing address (so winners can be notified).
Posters should be delivered to the Farmington Public Library Multipurpose Room
(2101 Farmington Avenue, Farmington)
between 10 and 11 am on April 13, 2019
Judging will be from 11 am -1pm
Students are encouraged to come and promote their work during judging!

Thank you and we look forward to your amazing artwork!
Melissa May, 505-334-3090 Ext 5