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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit conservation corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California State office, is seeking 3 Resource Inventory Team Members to inventory BLM lands to determine if they possess qualities of wilderness character to inform Land Use Planning efforts with throughout the state of California. Teams will be managed by a Team Lead throughout their term of service.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources management, ecology, environmental science, conservation and related fields.


Start Date: January, 2018

End Date: April 2018 (12-weeks from start)

* Internship is subject to extend as funding is made available. More information will be provided during the interview process


LocationsSession 1:  California Desert District

The mission of the California Desert District (CDD) of the Bureau of Land Management is to protect the natural, historic, recreational and economic riches of the beautiful California Desert for generations to come. California is a state wealthy with resources and natural beauty, but this beauty can quickly disappear if not properly taken care of. The California Desert District is responsible for protecting and preserving nearly 11 million acres of California's natural heritage.


In 1976, The United States Congress created the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA), which covers nearly one quarter of the State. As one of the government's primary authorities for the management of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management - through the California Desert District - acts as steward for 10.4 million acres of this 26-million-acre preserve. In an effort to provide the most benefit to the most people, while preserving one of the west's most rugged and awe inspiring landscapes, the CDD developed a balanced, multiple-use plan to act as a guide for the management of this vast expanse of land. The plan, completed in 1980 with the help of the public, divides the desert into multiple-use classes. These classes were created in order to define areas of in critical need of protection, while allowing for the use and development of less-vital swaths of desert.


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The ACE Team Member Interns will work 40 hours/week and will receive a $350 weekly living allowance compensation in the form of a weekly Stipend for food and incidentals. Camping may be required throughout term of service as needed**. Housing will be provided by ACE*.

* Housing is subject to change. More information will be provided.
** ACE will provide group camping gear. Interns are welcome to provide their own gear if desired. 
***Locations have limited cell service and teams will be required to utilize local communities to seek WIFI when not near/in the field offices.


Project Background/Description:

The team will collect and compile data to inform and write wilderness character monitoring reports for BLM Wilderness Areas. Wilderness character monitoring reports are used to inform Wilderness Management Planning efforts with throughout the state of California. This work does not entail decision making. Through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process the BLM will use this inventory in conjunction with other information to inform decisions concerning wilderness management. All decisions about wilderness management will stem from subsequent public planning processes.

While this position requires extensive field expertise the average work week is 50/50 Field work and Office work (office work will often be required to be done remotely). The majority of the workload will consist of data processing and drafting technical reports. Participants should be enthusiastic about this aspect of the job as well as data collection in the field. Data collection sites are often located in remote locations and require driving long distance and navigating difficult dirt roads. Furthermore, while data collection can require remote multi-day backpacking trips, significant portions of data is collected from within a vehicle, while driving the perimeters of the inventory units. Work sites are located at a significant distant from the base field offices, so strong ability to work independently and lead a team of young adults is mandatory.



Principal tasks constitute the scope of work for this project:

  1. Follow Measuring Attributes of Wilderness Character, BLM Implementation Guide - Version 1.5 to conduct and write wilderness character monitoring reports.

  2. Consult with Field Office staff to obtain local knowledge about wilderness areas and the state of wilderness qualities of untrammeled, undeveloped, natural, and outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation, as well aslother supplemental values (e.g., ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic, historical)

  3. GIS analysis and ground truth to conduct wilderness boundary monitoring to determine singing needs and the prevalence of illegal off highway vehicle incursions.

  4. Draft wilderness character monitoring reports for review by BLM lead and prepare for final review and signature by the Field Manager.

  5. Document findings in permanent paper and electronic files, using data standards and forms established in Measuring Attributes of Wilderness Character, BLM Implementation Guide - Version 1.5

Interns will use a provided IPad to collect field data. IPad's and related gear provided by the BLM and ACE. 



Scheduling remains flexible and may change based on the needs of the BLM program leader and/or the intern's program manager at American Conservation Experience (ACE).  



Applicants must have a degree in natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, GIS, fisheries and wildlife management, biology 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 looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. 

Required Skills:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only;
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 25 (for PLC eligibility), applicants between the age of 25 to 35 will be considered depending on educational background and/or experience.
  • Relevant higher education (In-Progress or Completed Bachelors, required);
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, ability to provide documentation
  • Will be required to drive ACE vehicle (subject to certification completion and approval)
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
  • Strong team player;
  • Experience working in small teams;
  • Effective communication skills with staff, colleagues, and the public;
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor;
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain;
  • Interest and ability to work in remote field areas;
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE;
  • Physical strength to walk long distances (>20km) in one day through harsh desert environments
  • Current CPR/First Aid/LNT trainings/certifications
  • Adaptability and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a small team working in close proximity for an extended time.


Highly Preferred Skills

  • Professional or research experience using ArcGIS Software;
  • Mapping and Cartographic skills;
  • Map and Compass as well as GPS off trail navigation skills;
  • Experience using GPS units, tablets, and other digital data collection means;
  • Experience in photography (photo editing/Google Earth skills);
  • Mental endurance and good judgment to work in strenuous conditions;
  • Wilderness First Aid and Risk Management mindset
  • Off-Road Driving experience
  • Strong desire to enter the conservation field as a natural resource professional;

**Details subject to change as anytime**

This position will likely have recurring (regular, scheduled or anticipated) access to vulnerable populations.  State and Federal Criminal History Checks will be required for participation.

The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and BLM reserves the right to require drug testing.


To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and three professional/academic references using the APPLY NOW link.

If you have any questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact the ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early @ 801.573.8984 or

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