American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Coos Bay, OR, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay Field Office is seeking Three Park Ranger (Resource Maintenance/Management) Interns to dedicate 16 weeks working directly with the BLM staff at Loon Lake Recreation Site and New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), located off the central coast of Oregon. Interns will work in both locations throughout their internship term of service.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, beginning professionals with a background in parks and recreation, natural resource management, environmental studies or a closely related field, who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through hard work and commitment in conservation.

Start Date: June 5th, 2018

End Date: September 22nd, 2018


Location:  Loon Lake Recreation Area/New River Area, Oregon

Project Background and Objectives:
Loon Lake Recreation Area is located 20 miles east of Reedsport, Oregon.  Situated in the heart of the Oregon Coastal Mountain Range, Loon Lake is a popular coastal recreation site hosting a premier campground with a warm, sandy beach surrounded by Douglas fir, Western hemlock, and Red cedar forests. Loon Lake covers 260 acres, is 2 miles long and 190' deep. During summer, the Lake is popular for boating, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming, as well as relaxing on the sandy beaches along the lake and forest. The campground is located adjacent to the lake, accessible by trails. Loon Lake is open to day visitors as well as campground visitors.

The New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern preserves and protects a 10 mile river that is home to a variety of fish, birds, and other wildlife, as well as a rich Native American history and a long lasting pioneer spirit. The biodiversity at the site is high due to the varied number of aquatic and terrestrial habitats within the ACEC.  Because New River is a living laboratory, it provides an exceptional opportunity for enriching the quality of environmental education in the lives of local students.  The BLM uses environmental education as a tool to manage visitor impacts and broaden the appreciation of the New River ACEC, as well as to provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values, commitment, and skills needed to protect and improve the environment.

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ACE Interns will work 40-hours/ week and receive an $200/week stipend for food and incidentals costs. Housing will be provided at no cost by the BLM.  Housing is shared occupancy with other interns and/or BLM staff.

This position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required to be eligible.

Position Description:
The ACE Intern will work directly with the BLM Park Manager and recreation staff to create a fun and safe environment for campers at Loon Lake and New River Area.  The intern will be responsible for preparing and giving educational programs to park visitors.  They will also rove the day use and camp sites to greet and answer visitor questions, and help with special events in the campground or in other BLM recreation sites.  Maintenance duties will include cleaning camp sites, refuse pickup, vegetation management, painting, fence work, landscaping, as well as janitorial duties.

Project may include the operation and use of push and rising lawn mower, weed trimmers, 4x4 pickups, tractors, and various power hand tools.

The ACE intern will also interact with park visitors and may assist with special events.

Physical Demands:
This is a very physically demanding position. The ACE intern must be physically fit to perform the duties of the position. Moderate to heavy physical effort is required in operating equipment, lifting trash containers, moving tables and benches and etc. The Ace intern will routinely lift ad carry items weighing 30-50 pounds and will be required to wear personal protective equipment such as respirators, hard hats, safety goggles, and ear protection. These positions also requires frequent interactions with the public.

Work Environment:
This position may be exposed to a variety of seasonal weather conditions while working outdoors (Temperature from 40 degrees F to 90 + degrees F) Exposure to sun, dust, wind and rain.

Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in parks and recreation management, natural resource management, environmental science, or a related discipline.  The interns must be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. 


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Between the age of 18 and 35;
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals and demonstrate effective communication skills with the public of all ages and backgrounds
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the natural environment and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather 
  • English proficiency required


  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GPS equipment in the field
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer
  • It is highly desirable to have a personal vehicle, as it is difficult to secure reliable rides for groceries, travel, or partake in other activities during off hours/days
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

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 reserves the right to require drug testing. 


TO APPLY:  Please submit your resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references to the APPLY NOW, located at the top right hand of your screen.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or

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