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

American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Bakersfield Field Office, is seeking TWO Natural Resource Interpretation Interns for the Carrizo Plain National Monument (CPNM) in the Central California Coast Range who will dedicate 14 weeks assisting the Carrizo Plain Goodwin Education Center Coordinator with outreach programs within the Monument and throughout surrounding communities. 

Working cooperatively with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the primary mission for the Monument is to restore and maintain native plant and wildlife species that depend upon it.  This is decidedly significant due to the high value of natural and cultural resources within the Monument boundaries, including 13 federally listed endangered plant and animal species.  The monument is a component of the National Conservation Lands system (NCL), administered through the Bureau of Land Management.

Start Date: February 20th, 2018

End Date:   May 26th, 2016 

* A 14-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA.

The 250,000-acre monument is located in the Central California Coast range, in the eastern portion of San Luis Obispo County and is managed by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office. It is located in an extremely rural part of California, and is located over an hour from the nearest airport in Bakersfield, CA. The nearest shopping is in Taft, CA, about 30-40 minutes from the main Visitor Center. 

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ACE interns will receive a living allowance of $200/week for food and incidental expenses. Housing is provided by BLM within the Monument at no cost to this intern. (Please Note: Carrizo Plains is located in a remote area with limited to no access to cellular coverage and wifi/internet. For more information, please contact ACE staff listed below). 

This internship may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award.  This ~$1500 education award is granted upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment in AmeriCorps will be required.

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: 
Interns serving under this agreement 
may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their internship. Qualifying interns who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority. Interns eligible for this must be between the ages of 16-30 during their internship"

Project Background and Objectives
The BLM National Conservation Landscape (NCL) program works to protect parcels of land with exceptional natural and/or cultural significance.  The stated mission of the BLM NLCS is "to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values."

Educating communities and individuals is an integral part of land management and is critical to ensuring sustained, long-term resource conservation.  An engaged, educated, and connected public will generally hold a greater understanding and appreciation for natural and cultural resources, thus supporting and participating in a higher level of resource stewardship.  Central to preserving the Carrizo Plain's outstanding characteristics is the interpretation, restoration, and preservation of the areas natural and cultural resources.

Position Description:
This position is ideal for an enthusiastic, adaptable, and resourceful young professional interested in a career in public land management.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interest and/or education in natural and/or cultural resource management, though all qualified applicants will receive careful consideration.

This ACE internship is multi-faceted, adaptable, and geared at providing the public education outreach and interpretation of the Monument's natural and cultural resources. Duties performed for this internship will typically take place within the Monument and will support all management activities, primarily education and interpretation, but may also include ecological and cultural restoration, monitoring of the local flora/fauna, as well as recreational facility maintenance. 

The ACE Intern will serve the Bureau's missions by enthusiastically working to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Assist helping with and answering general questions for visitors at the Center.
  • Assist the Education Center Coordinator in outreach programs. Possible travel to local schools or special events to give presentations on resources within the area. 
  • Assist in maintaining the Education Center's exhibits, both inside and out. Working in Education Center garden.
  • Assist with the development of brochures.
  • Give scheduled tours to the visiting public and special user groups throughout the season.
  • Assist the Coordinator with unexpected requests.
  • General clean-up and maintenance of the visitor displays and interpretive signs in the education center and around the monument.

Please Note: 

Applicants should be made aware that Carrizo Plain National Monument is a remote location with the nearest town about 50 miles away. Housing will be available on the monument, however cell phone coverage is spotty.  Typically interns may be the only ones in the housing unit for most of their stay.  Web access and email access is limited.  Expect rain and muddy roads.

Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, historical archaeology, environmental policy, natural resource management, recreation & park management, or related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group.


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and permanent residents only. 
  • Interns must be 18 to 30 years old. Applicants between 31-35, with higher degrees may still be considered. 
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle required due to parks location (personal vehicle will not be used during work hours). ACE will conduct a driving record check upon hiring. Interns must clear driving records to drive BLM vehicles, which is required for this position. 
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within BLM.
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone or in a group.
  • Must be comfortable in making presentations in front of large groups of people.
  • Ability and knowledge of reading and using topographic maps.
  • Should be able to drive a 4x4 vehicles (manual and/or automatic transmission) on dirt roads.
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, and respect for nature. 
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
  • Must have basic CPR/First Aid training. 
  • English proficiency is imperative.  Conversational Spanish is a plus.


  • Undergraduate degree in natural resource management, recreation & park management, historical archaeology, restoration ecology, biological sciences, environmental policy, or other related fields. 
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
  • Knowledge & skills in the principles of education and interpretation.  Experience working in an environmental or cultural education setting.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with, the local area is also helpful.

The ACE BLM Interpretation Intern must be willing and able 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 resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW fields at the upper right of this screen.

This position may change or close at any time. 

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 the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at 801.573.8984 or


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