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 ONE Park Ranger (Resource Maintenance/Management) Intern to dedicate 26 weeks working directly with the BLM staff at North Spit, located off the central coast of Oregon.

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

Start Date:  April 2nd, 2018 

End Date:  September 28th, 2018

* A 26-week commitment is required *

Location:  Coos Bay, Oregon 

This site is the southernmost end of a series of sand dunes extending along the Oregon coastline from Florence to Coos Bay. The ever-changing habitat is home to a wide variety of mammals and birds, including some threatened and endangered species like the Western Snowy Plover.

The Coos Bay North Spit is a 15-minute drive from downtown North Bend, OR. The BLM has an established boat ramp at the site with restroom facilities. Once you leave the boat ramp you travel sand roads to the beach, jetty, and along the Coos Bay. There are established hiking trails in the dunes and shore pine forest, wetlands for bird viewing, tidal mudflats for clamming, and the Pacific Ocean shore for walking or driving. Seasonally, from March 15- September 15, there are beach and recreation restrictions for the Western Snowy Plover nesting areas.

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For more information about Coos Bay Spit, please visit their website at: 

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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 position is multi-disciplinary opportunity for wildlife and recreation management.  The chief responsibilities are cruising the North Spit sand roads by vehicle, ATV, or on foot and monitoring recreation activities while informing the public about the Western Snowy Plover seasonal restrictions.

As compliance monitor, interacting with the public and educating them about the rules and regulations on the North Spit, recording recreation violations, and conducting outreach about the Western Snowy Plover are the majority of the workload. Interns will collaborate and communicate with Wildlife Biologist and BLM law enforcement staff about activities recorded on the North Spit. Additional opportunities to plan interpretive, environmental education programs and presentations about the Western Snowy Plover are possible with a motivated intern.

Work Environment and Demands:
This is a physically demanding position requiring walking long distances, and driving extremely rough terrain.  This position is exposed to a variety of seasonal weather conditions. The position also requires frequent interactions with the public.


Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or experience in wildlife biology, ecology, biological sciences, natural resource management, park management, recreation, 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.
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature; 
  • 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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