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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with The BLM Bakersfield Field Office, in Bakersfield California seeks ONE Wilderness and Recreation Ranger Intern to dedicate at least 9 Months with land management. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in wilderness, recreation, natural resource management, environmental education, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the public sector outdoor recreation profession.

State Date: Between February 19th and March 5th (Flexible for the right Candidate)

End Date: 7-9 Months

Location: Bakersfield, CA.

The Bakersfield Field Office manages 612,000 acres of public lands in eight Central California counties that stretch from the California Coast to the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, as well as 450,000 acres of federal mineral estate. Public lands managed by the Bakersfield office include the quarter-million-acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area north of Cambria, San Joaquin River Gorge and the Atwell Island Land Retirement Demonstration Project located at Alpaugh, Tulare County.


Compensation:  $480/wk. stipend is provided for housing/incidentals. Housing is not provided.


Project Website: For more information on the BLM Bakersfield field office please visit their websites at: and search Bakersfield. For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:


Position Description: The Bakersfield Wilderness and Recreation intern will work in the Field Office's high use recreation areas (principally Keyesville SRMA, Temblor SRMA, Chimney Peak ERMA, and Case Mountain ERMA) during the spring and summer season to patrol and monitor OHV and other use in these areas, make educational and informational contacts with visitors, install travel and transportation management signs, inventory motorized trails, and develop environmental education materials for use in kiosks and brochures.


The intern will also work in the Field Office's designated Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas in the Southern Sierras. Intern will assist with wilderness character monitoring in Chimney Peak, Owens Peak, and Domeland's Wilderness areas by completing field inventory of recreation impacts in wilderness along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST) and assisting with the completion of updated 5-year wilderness character monitoring reports for these areas. Intern will monitor use along the PCNST, inventory trail condition, and make educational and informational contacts with visitors to the trail during the course of their field inventory. 

Work schedule is 40hours per week and will typically include weekends to maximize contacts with wilderness and recreation visitors.



Applicants must have a degree and/or a combination of education and experience relating to natural resources and recreation management, or other related disciplines.  Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the above position description. We are seeking a determined, responsible person who is looking for experience working in recreation and wilderness management or visitors services. 

Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.

Qualifications Desired

  • Interns must be 18-30 years old (recent graduate candidates, age 231 to 35, may be considered)
  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Availability to work approximately forty hours per week.
  • Strong communication skills and high level of comfort interacting with the general
  • Familiarity with Leave No Trace and similar principles and a strong ability to apply education about such principles in encouraging voluntary visitor compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Interest in recreation or wilderness management, visitor and resource protection, or interpretation/ education.
  • Skills with GIS and GPS technologies.
  • A high level of proficiency and comfort working independently outdoors in remote field settings.A high level of proficiency and comfort traveling in rough terrain by foot or four-wheel drive vehicle.


Preferred Sills

  • Expertise in trail design, construction, and maintenance.
  • Spanish language skills.
  • Experience operating ATVs or motorcycles off highway.

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 Erin Mounce at 

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