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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office is seeking TWO Recreation Technician Intern(s) to dedicate a minimum of 20 weeks to serve in 'Discovering the Desert' by assisting with outdoor recreation, wilderness, and travel management projects



Start Date: ASAP (Flexible for the right candidate) Nov 13th Preferred Start

End Date: 20 weeks from start


Location: Barstow, CA


The El Mirage Cooperative Management Area is located in the western Mojave Desert, 25 miles northwest of Victorville, and 30 miles east of Lancaster. The area is situated in the northwestern portion of San Bernardino County, seven miles south of Edwards Air Force Base between the Los Angeles County line and Highway 395.

The areas of interest include the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, the Shadow Mountains, the El Mirage Basin, and the Twin Hills area that make up the 25,000-acre project area of public and private land. Elevation ranges from about 2,800 feet at the El Mirage Dry Lake to over 3,800 feet in the Shadow Mountains. During summer months, temperatures can reach 120 degrees F. Summer thunderstorms can come in with spectacular force, although most of the minimal precipitation falls in the winter months.  Winter lows can fall to 5 degrees F at night, with highs in the 60 to 70 degree F range during the day. Spring and fall temperatures range between the extremes of winter and summer.


The Desert Discovery Center (DDC) is a 7,000 square foot facility surrounded by 12 acres of public land located in the heart of Barstow, CA. The DDC is comprised of a unique partnership between several government, educational, and non-profit organizations originally established in 2005. They include the BLM, who own the DDC and surrounding property, National Park Service, Barstow Unified School District, Barstow Community College, Mojave River Valley Museum, City of Barstow, National Park Conservation Association, Off-Limits Design, The Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority, Southern California Edison and Main Street Murals non-profit Corporation.


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$600/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:   The interns will work primarily at the El Mirage Off- Highway Vehicle Area; Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area; Sawtooth Canyon Campground; Desert Discovery Center; Mojave Trails National Monument; Juniper Flats; and other open and dispersed recreation management areas within the Barstow Field Office as the duty station.

The interns will be helping with the planning, organizing, promoting, and running of this year's Take-It- Outside (TIO) program(s) to be held near Barstow. In addition, the intern will develop a list of Barstow region organizations that can be called upon for volunteers, funding recreation programs; and/or providing assistance in developing ideas that would be attractive to people of San Bernardino County to recreate on BLM lands. The intern performs outreach to local schools and other federal, state, and county agencies in San Bernardino County. Develop a list of people or organizations that would be available to provide outdoor education activities during recreation events on public lands.

The interns will perform a wide range of duties in support of gathering data for the Bureau's wilderness program: working in the field conducting inventories, monitoring, data gathering, responding to emergency situations, administering first aid/CPR, litter removal from Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs), and routine maintenance on signs, etc. Provide assistance in identifying, gathering, recording and compiling several types of prescribed route/statistical data and information related to travel into and on WSAs and enter data into GIS and RMIS databases. Other tasks include route inventory for future travel management planning efforts; inventories of Wilderness Characteristics; assists in providing recreation, wilderness, and visual input on projects occurring in the District. Required is on-the- job training and orientation related to data collection, recreation management, maintenance, and safety programs.

Specific Duties include;

  1. Plans, develops, and implements a wide range of projects and initiatives associated with OHV safety outreach and education related to discovering the desert.
  2. Writes and edits a broad range of written materials business plan(s), recreation plans, etc.
  3. Organizes and carries out project management activities such as preparing project timelines, analyzing projects for required elements and key tasks, identifying key individuals and resources needed to complete assigned projects and tasks, developing scopes of work and specifications for projects involving use of outside services and contractors, and organizing and carrying out projects tasks and elements to meet project goals, deadlines, and performance targets.
  4. Promotes and employs the Mojave Max desert tortoise educational materials, including the Junior Ranger program within California schools, at campgrounds, and visitor's centers.
  5. Organizes and conducts meetings, conferences, and workshops as necessary to communicate and distribute education materials to participating audiences.
  6. Establishes professional relationships with a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations interested in the safe and responsible use of OHVs.
  7. Attends working group meetings, conference, workshops, other meetings associated with OHV safety outreach activities. Prepares and conducts presentations to agency sponsors to report on OHV safety outreach program activities.
  8. Keeps attendance records, correspondence, and other documentation on OHV safety outreach program activities.
  9. Distributes visitor questionnaires, collects the surveys, tracks number of surveys taken and refused on survey logs, and completes coordinator report form.

*This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

Equipment Used: Computer, general office equipment, telephone, radio, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Utility Task Vehicles (UTV), manual and automatic transmission vehicles, OHVs, digital camera, audio-visual equipment, camping equipment.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of or in progress of an undergraduate degree in Recreation Resource 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, strong, and developing natural resource managers 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 Drivers License 3). Pass Defensive Driving Course.


ACE EPIC 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). Must be willing to submit to a driving record check. Use of 'agency' vehicle may be requested.
  • Use of a personal vehicle is highly suggested. Vehicle will not be used for work related purposes. 
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

Internship Position Requirements:

  • 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
  • Ability to collect GPS data to be moved into GIS and data management reports
  • Strong background and interest in Recreation Resource Management and Federal Policy
  • Comfortable hiking cross country in a rugged environment one day and spending the next at a computer
  • Comfortable with hot, arid desert conditions
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature
  • Familiarity with California Desert environments a plus
  • 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 801-573-8984 or at


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