American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Marina, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit conservation corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California State office, is seeking 3 Resource Inventory Team Members to inventory BLM lands to determine if they possess qualities of wilderness character to inform Land Use Planning efforts with throughout the state of California. Teams will be managed by a Team Lead throughout their term of service.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources management, ecology, environmental science, conservation and related fields.

Start Date: June 3rd, 2017 (~12 weeks per location)

End Date: Fall 2017

**25-week commitment is required Subject to adjust as needed**

Session 1:  Ukiah Field Office Ukiah, CA 2550 North State Street, Ukiah, CA. 95482

The Bureau of Land Management Central Coast Field Office administers approximately 284,000 acres of public land in Central California.  Bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Joaquin Valley to the east, elevations range from sea level to over 5,000 feet and major landforms include the Diablo Mountain Range, Salinas Valley, and San Joaquin Valley.  Within the lands are three Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, two Research Natural Areas, two National Monuments, a National Historic Trail, and a National Recreation Trail.

Work Location: Cache Creek Located 37 min's. Southeast of Clear Lake, CA.
Work Location: Cedar Roughs Wilderness Located 1.5 hr's south of Cache Creek

The Ukiah Field Office includes approximately 270,000 acres of BLM-managed surface acres and 214,000 additional subsurface acres (mineral estate) in northern California. The geographic area includes all BLM-managed public lands within the counties of Marin, Solano, Sonoma, Mendocino (south of the City of Willits), Lake, Napa, Yolo, Colusa, and Glenn. Approximately 1.5 million people live within this region. Most of the population resides in the southern half of the Ukiah Field Office area, where BLM manages the least amount of public lands. The large metropolitan San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Regions influence public lands administered by the field office, particularly as many of Ukiah's public land visitors come from these areas. The Ukiah Field Office area of responsibility is not a continuous geographic area of public land. It is spread across nine counties, bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, San Francisco Bay on the south, the Sacramento River on the east, and Humboldt County on the north.

Session 2: Susanville, CA

BLM Field Office 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA 96130


For more information, please visit: 

Central Coast Field Office
Clear Creek Management Area -  

Ukiah Field Office
Cache Creek -  
Cedar Roughs Wilderness -  

ACE EPIC Program

The ACE Team Members will work 40+ hours/week and will receive a living allowance compensation in the form of a weekly Stipend for food and incidentals. Camping will be required throughout term of service as needed. **Housing is subject to change ** ACE will provide group camping gear. Interns are welcome to provide their own gear if desired. Locations have limited cell service and teams will be required to utilize local communities to seek WIFI when not near/in the field offices. More details regarding campgrounds TBD.

Project Background/Description:

The team will inventory BLM lands to determine if they possess qualities of wilderness character to inform Land Use Planning efforts with throughout the state of California. This work does not entail decision making. Through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process the BLM will use this inventory in conjunction with other information to inform decisions concerning lands the BLM will continue to manage for wilderness characteristics as well as for other concurrent multiple uses. All decisions about managing wilderness characteristics will stem from subsequent public planning processes.

While this position requires extensive field expertise the average work week is 50/50 Field work and Office work (office work will often be required to be done remotely). The majority of the workload will consist of data processing and drafting technical reports. Participants should be enthusiastic about this aspect of the job as well as data collection in the field. Data collection sites are often located in remote locations and require driving long distance and navigating difficult dirt roads. Furthermore, while data collection can require remote multi-day backpacking trips, significant portions of data is collected from within a vehicle, while driving the perimeters of the inventory units.


Six principal tasks constitute the scope of work for this project:

  1. Consult with Field Office staff to obtain local knowledge about lands known to contain or have the potential to contain wilderness characteristics and other supplemental values (e.g., ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic, historical)
  1. GIS analysis and ground truth to determine whether the extent and boundaries of lands with wilderness characteristics in the existing inventory remain valid or merit revaluation
  1. GIS analysis and ground truth to asses BLM proposed additions and changes proposed by citizens to the extent and boundaries of lands with wilderness characteristics
  1. On-the-ground validation of proposed changes for an individual area where changes in extents and boundaries for the area amount to greater than one square mile (= 2.59 km2)
  1. Draft Lands with Wilderness Inventory findings for review by BLM lead and prepare for final review and signature by the Field Manager.
  1. Document findings in permanent paper and electronic files, using data standards and forms established in BLM Manual 6310, the map results of GIS analysis algorithms, narratives from field notes, and photographs supporting inclusion of existing and proposed lands with the wilderness characteristics. 

Interns will use a provided IPad to collect field data. IPad's and related gear provided by the BLM and ACE.


Scheduling remains flexible and may change based on the needs of the BLM program leader and/or the intern's program manager at American Conservation Experience (ACE).  


Applicants must have a degree in natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, GIS, fisheries and wildlife management, biology or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.  We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. 

Required Skills:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only;
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 25 (for PLC eligibility), applicants between the age of 25 to 35 will be considered depending on educational background and/or experience.
  • Relevant higher education (In-Progress or Completed Bachelors, required);
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, ability to provide documentation
  • Will be required to drive ACE vehicle (subject to certification completion and approval)
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
  • Strong team player;
  • Experience working in small teams;
  • Effective communication skills with staff, colleagues, and the public;
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor;
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain;
  • Interest and ability to work in remote field areas;
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE;
  • Physical strength to walk long distances (>20km) in one day through harsh desert environments
  • Current CPR/First Aid/LNT trainings/certifications
  • Adaptability and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a small team working in close proximity for an extended time.

Highly Preferred Skills

  • Professional or research experience using ArcGIS Software;
  • Mapping and Cartographic skills;
  • Map and Compass as well as GPS off trail navigation skills;
  • Experience using GPS units, tablets, and other digital data collection means;
  • Experience in photography (photo editing/Google Earth skills);
  • Mental endurance and good judgment to work in strenuous conditions;
  • Wilderness First Aid and Risk Management mindset
  • Off-Road Driving experience
  • Strong desire to enter the conservation field as a natural resource professional;

**Details ubject to change as anytime**

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

To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and three professional/academic references using the APPLY NOW link.

If you have any questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early @ 801) 573-8984 or

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