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


American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office, is seeking ONE Old Spanish Trail Archeology Intern to support and assist the Archaeologist in the Barstow Field Office to provide technical assistance, and support with the management of the California segment of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail that crosses BLM public lands in the California Desert Conservation Area. The Old Spanish Trail crosses six states: New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California.  A Master's degree is preferred.

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.

Start Date:

  • August/September 2017. Position is flexible for the right candidate.

End Date:

  • 52 Weeks from Start Date

Location: Barstow, CA  The BLM Barstow Field Office has stewardship responsibility from the northern boundary of Joshua Tree National Park to the southern boundary of Fort Irwin Military Reservation and from the eastern boundary of San Bernardino National Forest to north of Death Valley Junction, California, as far as the California/Nevada state line.  The desert within this area is vast, about three million acres, and has many unique features. Elevations vary from near sea level, north of Baker, California, to over 6,000 feet, in the Ord Mountains south

Project Website

For more information on California BLM Locations and Field Offices, visit:  
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Compensation: $720/wk. Living Allowance Stipend provided. Housing will not be provided. Intern can work with ACE and BLM staff to find affordable housing.


Position Description

The intern will assist the Archaeologist in the Barstow Field Office to provide technical assistance, and support with the management of the California segment of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail that crosses BLM public lands in the California Desert Conservation Area

Specific duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Assist the Barstow Cultural Resources Program lead in managing the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trails contract in California, reviewing and commenting on documents and other deliverables, coordinating with the consultant on field activities and field meetings, participating in conference calls with the Contracting Officer and overall Project Lead. 
  • Assist Barstow Cultural Resources Program lead in compiling a bibliography of National Historic Trails (Old Spanish Trail) related studies and Trail related historical or archival materials relating specifically to public lands.
  • Assist the Barstow Cultural Resources Program lead in collecting and assembling trail related studies, records, and archival materials to form a Trail reference library/database.
  • Review trail studies and archival materials for information relevant to the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and review of energy projects and other activities that may affect National Historic Trails. 
  • Conduct research of public records, reference materials, and archival records for information on specific trail segments and associated sites or landscapes that are relevant to the National Historic Trails.
  • Prepare/write historical context narratives or cultural resources elements of environmental or cultural documents in support of project specific activities that may affect National Historic Trails.
  • Assist the Barstow Cultural Resources Program lead and Field Archaeologists in researching, preparing, or reviewing National Historic Trails site records, studies, reports, or other documents for the Trails program.
  • Assist in fieldwork for the review of National Historic Trails sites, including research, photo-documentation, completing site records, and writing historical/cultural sections of reports for specific trails sites.
  • Assist with general records management, filing, cataloguing, organizing and management of National Historic Trails related cultural resources documents.
  • Assist with the development of education, outreach, and heritage tourism information that emphasizes the importance of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. Begin to develop external public, tribal and private sector partnerships in support of the trail.
  • Work closely with volunteers from the Tecopa and Barstow Chapters of the Old Spanish Trail Association and begin to develop a Trail Stewardship program for the segment of the trail that crosses BLM public lands in the California Desert Conservation Area.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned.


The ACE Archeologist Intern will assist in a variety of activities, which includes data collection, site recordation, monitoring, and reporting documentation for Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance.  Further, the Intern will assist in designing the specific survey strategy for the areas to be analyzed. Part of this work will require heavy physical exertion in hot, dry conditions. This position will provide experience working with a BLM professional on public lands and will aid in preparation for a career in public lands recreation management. 

Work is office and field based. Climate is generally arid, with temperatures frequently in excess of 100 degrees during the summer months, and as low as 40 degrees in the winter months.  Protective footgear may be required as protection from rattlesnake bites. Field work will require working in remote areas of the field office. This includes transect work, conducting the sample cultural resource inventory, site identification, and evaluation of resources.  All work is done on foot and can include hikes of up to 10 miles over rough, uneven terrain.  Extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting over 50 pounds are required. Indoor office environment work includes processing field data, synthesizing reports, and presenting results to BLM staff.  Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week. Hours are flexible (with starting times ranging from 6am-8am), and work schedules are anticipated to run 10 hours a day Monday through Thursday.  Intern will be required to drive a BLM vehicle and requires the completion of the BLM's basic vehicle operations training, meaning interns must have a clean and valid drivers licenses.

The Intern will work for the Barstow Field Office, California. The position is heavily oriented towards fieldwork, but will be charged with processing and completing office work such as records filing and Geographical Information System (GIS) data entry.  The Intern must be willing to perform physical labor while being exposed to summer heat and winter rains, desert wildlife and plants, remote project areas, and other potential hazards commensurate with land management activities.

The intern will work on many aspects of cultural resource management for the Old Spanish Trail, including data collection, site recordation, monitoring, and reporting documentation for Section 106 of the NHPA compliance. 


Education Requirement: This position requires applicants to have a Masters 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. Applicant must possess a degree that includes 3 semester hours in general archeology, regional archeology/archeological cultures, theory and methods of archaeology, and archeological field school experience. Applicant must show they have received six hours of related course work in geography, geology, cultural geography, history or historical archeology, environmental studies, surveying, scientific writing, anthropology, American studies. Applicant can also qualify with a combination of the above-mentioned education and related archeological/culture resource management experience.  

Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.

Knowledge/Skills Requirement: This position requires applicants to have interest and experience in the field of Archeology, specifically with western US based knowledge and experience. 


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Fellows must be 18-35 years old (candidates who are 26-29 years old and have recently‚Ä® completed a relevant Masters degree will be considered).
  • Masters Degree or Higher
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Interest and experience in Archaeology and archaeology
  • Must have a high fitness level and a high comfort level in remote settings. Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, if needed, in variable weather conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle. 
  • Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management in a professional position or field school, preferably in California and Mojave Desert and Great Basin Regions
  • Experience with interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales
  • Familiarity with National Register and California Register Criteria for evaluating cultural resources
  • Familiarity with documents approved by the California Office of Historic Preservation (CA OHP) such as DPR 523 forms, Archaeological resource Management Reports (ARMR)
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Experience using a GPS unit and the ability to learn ESRI ARCMap.
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Experienced photographer (photo editing / Google Earth skills desirable).
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • English proficiency is imperative.
  • Strong writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills

Strongly Preferred:

  • Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resource management, preferably in California, Great Basin and/or Mojave Desert
  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of cultural resource management.  
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, ‚Ä®managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies.  
  • Plant identification (field work may require collection of threatened and endangered plant species). 
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in ArcGIS and GPS use, specifically Trimble Juno or Geo Series units with ArcPad and/or TerraSync Software.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired, especially the Mojave Desert

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 reserves the right to require drug testing. 

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 ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, at 801.573.8984 or

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