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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ridgecrest Field Office is seeking ONE Archeologist Team Lead Intern to conduct archeological surveys of several areas within the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office. The Archaeologist Team Lead Intern will assist the Archaeologists in the Ridgecrest Field Offices in cultural resource inventory associated with the West Mojave Plan Revision (WEMO). The Lead Intern will specifically be assigned to the Ridgecrest Field Office and oversee one archaeological intern in field inventory. In order for the GIS Cultural Resource Model (Model) to be an acceptable method for compliance with Section 106 and to be incorporated into the travel management planning process, the results of the model must ground truthed with a sample cultural resource inventory. The internship project would focus on conducting the sample cultural resource inventory, site identification, and evaluation of resources necessary to test the GIS model for WEMO.

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: ASAP (Flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 52 Weeks from Start Date

Location: Ridgecrest, CA 

The BLM Ridgecrest and Barstow Field Offices are currently working on the West Mojave Plan Revision and Travel Management Plan (WEMO). The plan includes over 17,000 miles of routes of travel on 3.2 million acres of public lands in the West Mojave Desert, located within San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Kern, and Inyo Counties, California. The Record of Decision must be complete by May 2018. To work towards satisfying the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Ridgecrest and Barstow archaeologists, in coordination with the California Desert District and the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program, are developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) model to identify areas with cultural resource sensitivity. The results of the model will direct the BLM's efforts in historic property identification and evaluation, and ultimately, in creating and designating an appropriate and sustainable network of travel that supports the BLM's multiple use mandate.

Project Website:  For more information on the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, visit For More information on the 'West Mojave [WEMO] Plan Revision and Travel Management Plan: For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation:  $720/wk. Housing will not be provided. Intern can work with ACE and BLM staff to find affordable housing. Government transport will be provided while on duty (contingent on passing driving requirements for all interns, see qualifications).

Position Description:  The Intern will work out of the Ridgecrest Field Office, California. The position is heavily oriented towards fieldwork, although at times there will be 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 WEMO travel management plan, including data collection, site recordation, monitoring, and reporting documentation for Section 106 of the NHPA compliance.  Workload is divided between field inventory; recordation, monitoring, and evaluation of prehistoric and historic cultural resources; and project documentation.

Field Inventory

  • Inventory areas will be determined by the results of the Model and a sensitivity rating based on environmental factors and visitor use. The Intern will assist in designing the specific survey strategy for each of the areas to be analyzed. Prior to any field inventory, a records search for the project area will be conducted by the intern to determine previously recorded cultural sites and inventory locations. The purpose of the field inventory will be to collect data in an effort to verify the Model. The intern will be expected to work independently in the field and in the office, but will be directed and accompanied to the field by the BLM Archaeologist when possible or otherwise necessary. The intern will be responsible for providing monthly documentation of progress, acres inventoried, and resources identified, recorded, and monitored. The results of inventories will be used to regularly update the

Recordation and Monitoring

  • Recordation of cultural resources will be in accordance with guidance from the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) as outlined in the 1995 manual titled "Instructions for Recording Historical Resources" and in consultation with BLM Cultural Resource Staff. Monitoring of previously recorded cultural resources for impacts from OHV activities during field inventory is required and all site records (DPR523) will be updated, including the Location Map and Sketch Map.  The intern will keep a log of all recorded sites as well as those that will be updated. 


  • Intern is expected to use GPS equipment and field notes to record findings and prepare GIS information and reports as requested. DPR523 Series forms will be completed electronically, including photographs from field visits of all cultural resources observed.  Provide cultural resources inventory report following the format provided by BLM Cultural Resources Staff for each Grazing Allotment

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Masters degree is not required, but encouraged.

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. 


  • Interns must be 18-30 years old (candidates who are 31-35 years old and have recently completed a relevant Masters degree will be considered).
  • Internship is available to US Citizens.
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle. 
  • 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.
  • 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.



  • Personal reliable transportation is recommended.
  • 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, 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.
  • Strong writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired, especially the Mojave Desert

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. 

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 the ACE Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at 801-573-8984 or


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