American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Las Cruces, NM, USA
  • Internship

American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces Field Office are seeking 1 Intern to dedicate 44-weeks to the monitor, manage, and assist in various areas throughout Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument. Applicants with a degree in Natural Resource Management, Ecology, and/or experience in Natural Resource Management are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start Date: March 2018
(flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 44-weeks after start date

* A 44-week commitment is required * 

 Las Cruces, New Mexico. BLM's Las Cruces District Office manages 5.4 million acres of public land from the western side of the Guadalupe Mountains to the Arizona border, and from Sierra County and the southern edge of the Gila National Forest to the Mexican border. This area is home to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, which includes majestic, scenic mountain ranges jutting from the desert floor, and towering over the surrounding desert. The confluence of the Chihuahuan desert, Rocky Mountains, great plains, Sonoran desert, and Sierra Madre make the area the most biologically and recreationally diverse region of New Mexico.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources of scientific interest, and includes four areas: The Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doa Ana Mountains.The Organ Mountains are a steep, angular mountain range with rocky spires that jut majestically above the Chihuahuan Desert floor to an elevation of 9,000 feet.  This picturesque area of rocky peaks, narrow canyons, and open woodlands ranges from Chihuahuan Desert habitat to ponderosa pine in the highest elevations.  Located adjacent to and on the east side of Las Cruces, this area provides opportunities for photography, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and wildlife viewing. The Desert Peaks include the Robledo Mountains, Sierra de las Uvas, and Doa Ana Mountains, characterized by desert mountains rising steeply from flat plains. The Potrillo Mountains are the most remote section of the Monument located a distance to the southwest from Las Cruces, and is comprised of a volcanic landscape of cinder cones, lava flows, and craters. The Doa Ana Mountains have extensive pedestrian trails, equestrian trails, mountain bike trails, rock climbing routes, and some limited routes available for motorized use,

The Prehistoric Trackways National Monument was established in 2009 to conserve, protect, and enhance the unique and nationally-important paleontological, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational resources and values of the Robledo Mountains in southern New Mexico.  The Monument includes a major deposit of Paleozoic Era fossilized footprint mega-trackway's within approximately 5,280 acres.

The trackways contain footprints of numerous amphibians, reptiles, and insects (including previously unknown species), plants, and petrified wood dating back 280 million years, which collectively provide new opportunities to understand animal behaviors and environments from a time predating dinosaurs.  The site contains one of the most scientifically-significant Early Permian track sites in the world.


Project Website:  To learn more about the Las Cruces Field Office, please visit For more information on the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, please visit the website: For more information on the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, Please visit: To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:

 The ACE Intern will receive a living allowance of $480/week dispersed bi-weekly. Housing is not provided, however ACE and the BLM can serve as resources for finding affordable housing in the area.   


Position Description:   The principal purpose/objective of this project is to use individuals from American Conservation Corps to be brought on as interns for project work including GPSing trails, monitoring monument objects, working on trails, monitoring recreational use in developed recreation sites, to work in visitor centers and learn the skills of visitor services and interpretation. These individuals will assist BLM staff in completing resource, cultural, recreation, wildlife, plant and other natural resources projects (inventory and monitoring).

Specific Duties Include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with monument Park Rangers on recreation and visitor services projects such as; trail patrols, guiding hikes, trail and road inventory, cheat grass mapping, basic trail work, and recreation resource inventorying.
  • Develop and deliver interpretive/educational hikes or programs on the monument resources.
  • Work with monument interest groups and cooperators on any service events held in the monument. Events can include trail work, information tables, and basic trail construction training.
  • GPSing trails
  • Monitoring and inventorying monument objects
  • Working on trails
  • Monitoring recreational use in developed recreation sites
  • Working with Specialists (Archeologist, Paleontologist, Botanist) on projects that involve field work and data collection.

Qualifications:  Applicants must be actively pursuing or already have a degree in Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Botany, Enviro Science, 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 seeking determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. 


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents Only.
  • Interns must be 21-35 years old
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. ACE will conduct a driving record check on all interns. (Please note: Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles).
  • Interns must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in backcountry foot travel.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit.
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

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.

**Position is subject to close/change at any time**

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:

 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, Erin Mounce at

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