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

American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces Field Office (LCFO) are seeking ONE Resource Planning Assistant Internship to dedicate 16-weeks to the support the BLM with research to support a BLM Resource Management Plan. Position is for applicants interested in long-range planning, NEPA, public lands, and problem-solving. 


Start: ASAP

End Date: 16-weeks from start date

* A 16-week commitment is required * 


Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico.

BLM's Las Cruces District Office manages 5.4 million acres of public land from the western side of the Guadalupe Mountains to the Arizona border, and from Sierra County and the southern edge of the Gila National Forest to the Mexican border. This area is home to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which includes majestic, scenic mountain ranges jutting from the desert floor, and towering over the surrounding desert. The confluence of the Chihuahuan desert, Rocky Mountains, great plains, Sonoran Desert, and Sierra Madre make the area the most biologically and recreationally diverse region of New Mexico. 


Project Website:  To learn more about the Las Cruces Field Office, please visit

To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:


The ACE Interns will receive a living allowance of $480/week dispersed bi-weekly. Housing will NOT be provided. ACE and BLM will support as needed in finding housing.


AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps award. **awards are subject to availability**


Position Description: 
The Las Cruces District Office of the Bureau of Land Management is in the process of updating a long-range planning document, the TriCounty Resource Management Plan (RMP).  The Draft TriCounty RMP was made available to the public in 2013.  Comments specific to the analysis of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) have convinced the BLM to revise and reorganize this portion of the document before a Proposed RMP is published.  The intern will seek additional data, enhance the readability of the ACEC analysis, and ensure potential outcomes are clearly articulated.  The intern would be required to work with resource specialists and to do independent research to find additional data and information.  The intern may also need to work with GIS specialists to create maps.

If time allowed, the intern would also support any on-going public meetings, and input to plan assessments and federal register notices.  The intern may edit documents, attend NEPA meetings, attend public meetings, create Powerpoint presentations, and contribute to social media.  The intern may also create a photo album of the LCDO ACECs.  Weekly visits to ACECs for this purpose would be encouraged. (Schedule's are subject to change)


Applicants must be actively pursuing or already have a degree in Natural Resource Management, Conservation Planning, Cultural Resource Management, 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 seeking determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. 

***Intern MUST submit a writing sample with their application.

Required for ACE:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Interns must be 18-35 years' old
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle. Driving record check will be requested if selected for this position.

Required for Position

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Ability to review scientific literature and synthesize information
  • Ability to write technical documents
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite) including spreadsheets
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Interest in land management and policy
  • Interest and knowledge of public lands in the southwest

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.

* Position is subject to close/change 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. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at or 801.573.8984


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