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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northern California District Office is seeking Two Wild Horse and Burro Support Interns to dedicate a minimum of 26 weeks to work in assisting the Wild Horse and Burro Specialist with Northern California (Nor Cal) District's Wild Horse and Burro program, which covers almost 1.5 million acres of spectacular free roaming equine habitat.



Start Date: March/April 2018 (Flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: April 2018


Location: Based out of Susanville, CA (Intern will also support the Applegate Field Office in Alturas, CA)

BLM California manages wild horses and burros in accordance with the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. This Act gave the BLM the responsibility to protect wild horses and burros, while ensuring their populations are managed to maintain or restore a thriving ecological balance.

California's free roaming wild horses and burros roam over 7.1 million acres of public land and an additional 2.3 million acres of non-BLM land.  California's appropriate management level (AML) is currently 1,746 horses and 453 burros. California contains 33 herd areas (HAs) with 22 herd management areas (HMAs).  Herd areas are geographic areas where wild horse or burro populations were found at the passage of the Wild Horse and Burro Act in 1971. Herd management areas are areas within the herd areas where the BLM manages populations of wild horses and burros. The BLM staff studied natural resources such as vegetation and wildlife to help determine the AML, taking into consideration uses such as livestock grazing and recreation.  

The horse herds in California consist mostly of released ranch and Spanish stock as well as cavalry remount stock from World War I. The average California horse is 14 to 16 hands high and weighs 800 to 1100 pounds. Historical data show that burro herds come from abandoned or escaped mining stock.  The wild burros average 11 to 12 hands high and weigh 500 to 600 pounds.

When herd sizes exceed the appropriate management level or resource damages occurs, animals are gathered and offered for adoption.  Other factors may come into play that require the BLM to remove some animals from the range, such as drought, lack of forage, public nuisance or wildfires.

California has two wild horse and burro preparation facilities where you can visit or adopt your very own California wild horse or burro. We have a facility in Litchfield, outside Susanville, and we have one in Ridgecrest.  We also have a small adoption facility in Redlands in southern California.  In addition, the BLM holds satellite adoptions throughout California. California is proud to say that we strive to do compliance inspections on all adopted animals.

Project Website:  For more information about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, please visit


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$425/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 opportunity will be focused on inventory and monitoring of wild horses and burros and their habitats. Additionally, Interns will participate in education and outreach events. This project would be especially appropriate for applicants with an interest in wild, free roaming equines and natural resource management. This project will provide opportunities to enhance basic career skills such as organization, writing, detail, and communication, and field skills including locating and documenting wild equine use, use of GPS equipment and maps, field note methods, habitat study metrics, and basic ecological research. Previous experience with any or all of these skills would significantly enhance the student experience.


Fieldwork includes surveys, collection, and monitoring of ecological resources both for management and for research purposes. Additionally, assistance at the Litchfield Corrals may be needed for general farm duties. Office/lab duties will largely consist of sample preparation, data entry, photo classification, and development of wild horse and burro education materials.


Fieldwork experience will be conducted in rugged and remote Herd Management Areas in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada. Herd Management Areas may be accessed by high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, UTVs, or hiking. Equine behavior will be photographically documented and recorded into a field database with GPS location. Ecological inventories will use a variety of scientific methods to assess ecosystem structure and function. Assistance in the development of a wild equine education program is key, with the goal of obtaining appreciation and protection of balanced natural resource management within the Herd Management Areas.


The Interns will work primarily out of the Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, California with some time spent in the Applegate Field Office, Surprise Field Station in Cedarville, California (government housing available). The project will be coordinated primarily by the NorCal District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist with assistance from the Litchfield Corral Facility Manager. Fieldwork will be done in a remote backcountry setting and requires strenuous exertion. Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g. heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep, rocky canyons, limited communications).


Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of or in progress of an undergraduate degree in Equine Studies/Management, 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.


Interns will be provided with Basic Camping Gear, from ACE. More information on those items will be provided closer to start.


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 21-35 years of age at time of hire.
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation will be requested). Must be willing to submit to a driving record check.
  • Use of ACE Vehicle is required (Only interns 21+ are eligible to drive ACE vehicles on this project)
  • Use of a personal vehicle is highly suggested, for personal use.   
  • 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
  • 4x4 Driving experience (preferred experience in dirt/rough terrain, back county/remote roads, etc.)
  • Ability to collect GPS data to be moved into GIS and data management reports
  • Strong background and interest in Public Land Management and Federal Policy
  • Comfortable interacting with the public including providing information, engaging at public meetings/events, and while in the field.
  • Comfortable navigating and working in remote areas, with little to no service at times
  • Comfortable hiking cross country in a rugged environment one day and spending the next at a computer
  • Comfortable with adverse weather of all types
  • 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 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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