American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix District Office is seeking ONE Archeology Intern to dedicate 12 Months with land management as it relates to archeological surveys of several areas, including Sonoran Desert National Monument, with the Archaeology Staff. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the public sector outdoor recreation profession, as well as working in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the nation.


State Date:  March/April 2017  (Dates Flexible for Right Candidate)

End Dates:  52-Weeks from Start Date 

 **A 52-week commitment is required**

Location: Phoenix, AZ.

Since 2000, the performance of normal cultural resource work has been severely impacted by the presence of illegal smuggling activities in the southern portions of the Lower Sonoran Field Office (LSFO) and the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM). Employees' safety is the priority issue in the management of certain portions of southern Arizona. As a result, fewer field visits have been logged by cultural specialists to these areas. There have been fewer sites receiving the benefits of consistent monitoring (MY), application of needed protective measures (HF), and in-depth documentation (FD). The level of illegal activities and Law Enforcement activities in these areas may have impacted a number of cultural resource sites in these areas. These impacts are direct and indirect.

The LSFO and the SDNM have a need for additional assistance performing work for the Cultural Resource Program in relation to Border issues. This intern would need to have a professional knowledge of the science of archaeology as well as possess the skills for identification and interpretation of cultural materials. The intern must have a working knowledge of professional procedures utilized in the location, recording, and evaluation of a broad range of archaeological and historic materials. The intern must be able to assess and record cultural sites quickly and accurately and be able to complete forms and

documentation in a concise, professional manner.


Compensation:  $480/wk. Housing will not be provided.


Project Website: For more information on the BLM Lower Sonoran Office Office please visit their websites at: For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Position Description: The intern must have a working knowledge of cultural resource compliance requirements to do this work. Th intern must have at least a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology or Archaeology. The intern must have done some cultural resource field work to have the requisite experience. It would also be extremely beneficial to have had some Southwest archaeological experience. The candidate must be able to perform cultural inventory to BLM standards, operate a 4 x 4 wheel vehicle in remote areas, and be proficient with topographical maps and GPS equipment. A candidate with some GIS mapping capability would be especially helpful to this effort.

The bulk of the work will be performed in the area encompassed by the LSFO and SDNM. This geographical area is typically Lower Sonoran Desert and Sonoran Desert National Monument lands south and west of Phoenix, Arizona. The work will be performed on BLM managed lands under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix District Office. It is estimated that about 1/3 of the work is field related and about 2/3 is office work.

Since field work will occur in every season, the intern should expect summer day-time temperatures to range between 100 degrees and 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter season day-time temperatures range from 45 degrees to 80 degrees..


Duties of a Cultural Resource Intern:

A number of specific tasks have been developed for the intern to accomplish. The intern will initially work with the LSFO Cultural Resource specialist for training and mentoring. Then it is expected that the intern would be able to work on many tasks independently with some oversight. The staff specialists will have substantial involvement with the projects listed and will be working with the intern also. The work includes:

Section 106 compliance work under the National Historic Preservation Act

  • Field inventory for cultural resources during the development of on-the-ground clean-up, restoration and rehabilitation, and barrier installation projects will need to be accomplished. The intern will assist the staff archaeologist in providing recommendations to other staff specialists regarding cultural concerns as projects are being planned and developed. This includes the collection of data onto field forms, making sketch maps, and taking photographs.
  • Field inventory for the presence of cultural resources would need to be accomplished on small rights-of-way projects in order to assure compliance. The intern will assist in performing field inventory and the requisite paperwork. Documentation appropriate with compliance would need to be completed and submitted.

Section 110 and Proactive Cultural Work

  • The intern will work with trail and cultural resource volunteers as well as the staff archaeologist to help accomplish site recordation and in-depth documentation (FD).  
  • Monitoring particular cultural sites and documenting their condition would need to be done. Checking on the condition of particular sites, located near trailheads, along trails, and in areas of high use will be expected (MY). Roughly 24 sites would need to be monitored at least once per fiscal year, while others may require additional patrols.
  • Certain cultural sites are vulnerable to the ongoing threat of vandalism, vehicle damage, erosion, and unauthorized collection of artifacts. The intern would need to coordinate with the staff archaeologist and be able to plan, organize, and assist in the installation of various types of protective measures on priority sites (HF).
  • The intern would need to assist the lead Cultural Resource Specialist in organizing and maintaining the files and records associated with this program. Library materials will need to be accessioned and filed into the PDO Cultural Library. The project records, site files, photo files, and any associated cultural resource files will need to be organized and maintained properly. Assistance with the records and files will be required from the incumbent when particular data is needed for various reports and Data Calls. Plotting the inventory area from each cultural report onto a set of archival maps needs to be accomplished for new cultural reports and inventories.
  • The intern would be expected to learn how to work on AZSITE. If the intern has GIS skills, it would be very helpful for the program.
  • Other duties may be assigned to the intern.



Education Requirement: This position requires applicants to be currently pursuing/received a degree in Archeology Anthropology, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience 'courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.


  • Interns must be 18-35 years old
  • Internship is available to US Citizens or Permanent Residents only
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required
  • Clean driving record and current/vaild license
  • Availability to work approximately forty hours per week
  • Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, in variable weather conditions, in a remote location
  • Ability to safely drive a four-wheel drive vehicle on both improved and primitive roads
  • Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resources management in western regions
  • Familiarity with National Register Criteria for evaluating cultural resources
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with the public
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Experience using a GPS unit, Trimble Juno or equivalent, running ArcPad software preferred
  • Experience with ArcMap 10.2 GIS software preferred, including uploading and downloading data, map making and Geodatabase data entry
  • Experience with reading and navigating using a USGS topographic maps of various scales
  • General computer skills; including use of Google based email, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience with digital photography and basic photo editing
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 

**ACE postings may change/close at any time**

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist at (801) 573-8984 or [L115AC00012]

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