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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs South Coast Field Office is seeking Two Realty Specialist Interns to dedicate a minimum of 9 weeks  to work in support of the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office.  

** Start Date: ASAP End Date: 9 weeks from start date  

Location: Palm Springs. California BLM California's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office ("PSSCFO") manages a complex variety of public lands: about 3.6 million acres, including 1.7 million surface (more than the State of Delaware) and 1.9 million subsurface. The office serves a diverse public: home to more than 22 million people and host to millions of annual visits. The PSSCFO stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River and from the international border with Mexico to where the mountains meet the Mojave Desert: an area larger than the State of Maryland. Renewable energy, recreation, and conservation drive PSSCFO's multiple-use and sustained-yield programming.

The office carries out the BLM mission by way of strong partnerships, including the most annual volunteer hours of any BLM California field office. PSSCFO's workload includes multiple utility-scale solar and wind projects, an ever-expanding number of visitors and varieties of ways to experience and enjoy America's public lands, and year-round operations to protect lives, property, and resources through robust and integrated fire and law enforcement programs. The office manages fourteen Wilderness areas, fourteen Areas of Critical Environmental Concern ("ACECs"), all or part of four National Monuments (Sand to Snow, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains, California Coastal, and Mojave Trails), and three National Scenic and Historic Trails (the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail, and the historic Juan Bautista de Anza and Old Spanish trails).

Project Website:  For more information about the BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, please visit For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:     Compensation: 

Full-Time: 9 Week term - $300/wk. Living Stipend provided for food and incidentals. Housing is not provided by ACE or the BLM. Intern's schedule will be generally 40/hrs. a week, but is flexible and based on the needs of the BLM.   Position Description: This internship is located within the BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office (PSSCFO), Palm Springs California. The intern(s) will assist the management team and Realty Specialists in the PSSC Field Office in a variety of projects related to land use authorizations and case file management. The BLM PSSCFO is currently working on a number of projects. In order to meet the field office's requirements of the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA), the Palm Springs realty intern will have a variety of actions associated with a variety of projects. These projects often are the result of land use authorization requests.

Projects Goals: The overall goals of this internship is to assist the Lands program with the various land type actions. The realty intern(s) will assist in case file management as well as processing, with oversight. Site visits will be conducted to ensure that a project is feasible along with compliance reviews of previously authorized actions. Assist the realty specialist with drafting the appropriate environmental documents necessary to ensure management has a wide scope of analysis to make an informed decision. The intern will assist throughout the California Desert District and be based out of the Palm Springs Field Office. The intern will gain experience assisting with duties between the field and the office. 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.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of or in progress of an undergraduate degree in Ecology, Geography, Recreation Resource Management, Botany, Biology, Soil Science, Engineering, Land Law and Wilderness Management or other related discipline 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 position description.  We are looking for determined, confident individuals with the desire to further develop and expand on their skill sets and who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. This opportunity will require time outdoors and field work that is often under somewhat rigorous physical conditions. Applicants must also meet the following criteria: 1). Pass a DOI security background check 2). Valid Driver's License 3). Pass Defensive Driving Course. Requirements: • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only. • Intern must be 18-35 years of age at time of hire. • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request). • A personal vehicle is required for the duration of the internship. • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required. • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork and project duties as listed above • Applicants are expected to be HIGHLY motivated and on occasion, be able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision • Strong background or interest in Land Management and Federal Policy • Comfort hiking cross country in a rugged environment one day and spending the next at a computer • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts • Detail orientated with an interest in federal land management actions along with a respect for nature. • English proficiency 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.   


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, Melissa Early, at or 801-573-8984

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