Hello there again to the public and anyone else that may follow Environment for the Americas (EFTA). It’s your EFTA intern, Ricky Martinez serving the people and the environment here in the San Luis Valley, or Alamosa Colorado to be specific. I am working on Bureau of Land Management Lands (BLM), the gorgeous Blanca Wetlands to be specific.

This blog is going to talk about how you need to manage your time between the office and being out in the field, when working for agencies like the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Fish and Wildlife. This past week was a lot of office work for me. Working with the Bureau of Land Management is great because so far this season I have been able to be outside a lot. Working at the Blanca Wetlands is amazing doing my shorebird surveys every week and collecting all the soil and water samples for our selenium project it has all been great. Also the wetlands is getting ready to open to the public July 15, 2018 so we have to make sure its ready for people. It’s important to not forget to get your office work done as well and keep a steady balance between office and field work.

Working for the Bureau of Land Management lots of data analysis and post reports must be completed. My shorebird data is entered into two systems a BLM system and an EFTA California Avian Data Center (CADC) system. I have been working on my selenium project post report which includes the introduction, methods, results and discussion of our Blanca Wetlands selenium project we just sampled for. Lastly, I have been doing tons of webinars for my new Direct Hire Authority position I was just approved of. All of this office work is the most important stuff that has deadlines and people that are waiting for results.

All in all keeping a balance between the office and the field is a very important task when working with a federal agency. Yes being out in nature is so amazing and we all love to do that but analyzing your data and putting together reports that you can share with your division and the public are so incredibly crucial. So when people tell me my job is amazing because Im outside all day I just smile and say I know because they have no idea what the office work is like but I love every second of both the field and the office. Stay tuned everyone for my next blog which should be some awesome field stuff thanks.

Ricky Martinez

Im Ricky Martinez Metropolitan State University of Denver Alumni (BS Biology). Also I am a SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps Alumni (2016-2017). I currently am interning with the San Luis Valley Bureau of Land Management. I consider myself an ornithologist and I love birds.

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