American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Sacramento, 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 1 Wild and Scenic River (WSR) Intern to work on a variety of natural resource management projects including site recordation, and reporting documentation for Wild and Scenic Rivers with annual compliance and project documentation.

Intern will support the Natural Resource Specialist State Office Lead with GIS data (designated and eligible/suitable rivers); Collect and file completed River Management Plans and inventory missing plans for all designated rivers, and compile suitable rivers identified state wide; develop able/spreadsheet/database of eligible/suitable river segments state wide by identifying River Management Plans, Date, Mileage, Acres, identified Outstanding Recreational Values, River Classification, Quality of study reports for suitable rivers.

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


Start Date: May/June 2018

End Date: 45 Weeks from Start.

 

Location: Sacramento, CA

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 15.2 million acres of public lands in California - nearly 15% of the state's land area - and 1.6 million acres in northwestern Nevada.  BLM California also administers 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estate underlying federal surface land, 2.5 million acres underlying privately owned land, and 592,000 acres of Native American tribal land where BLM has trust responsibility for mineral operations. The BLM's multiple-use and sustained yield mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

For more information, please visit: California State Office - BLM - http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en.html ACE EPIC Program www.usaconservation.org/programs/epic-internship/

Compensation: For the ACE Intern, weekly schedule is flexible. Based on individual basis. Housing is not provided. Compensation is based on a weekly Stipend determined by Part-Time ($200/Wk.) or Full-Time ($400/Wk.) status.

 

Project Background/Description:

The candidate will be attached to the BLM California State Office, Division of Natural Resources, in Sacramento California.  The position is principally in a professional office environment. The candidate must have the personal initiative to work independently and to participate in collaborative efforts requires an adaptive, flexible candidate. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

 

Scope of Work

Office tasks are diverse and varied. They include:

  • Researching, compiling data across diverse natural and social science disciplines;
  • Location of reference documents and media;
  • Creating and reviewing legal case files;
  • Assembling boundary files and their corresponding shape files in ArcGIS ;
  • Reviewing management plans for creating web content for each of the designated Wild and Scenic Rivers;
  • Developing a report template to document each of the Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSRs) with regard to annual compliance and project documentation;
  • Assisting the BLM California Wild and Scenic State and National Program Leaders with the California state planning for the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act;
  • Coordinating 50th anniversary activities with field offices for designing a calendar of events and outreach materials promoting the celebration;

Fieldwork will include site visits to each of the rivers for:

  • Documenting wild and scenic river outstanding attributes using photography and videography;

Field Work: Inventory and Monitoring

  • Inventory areas will be determined by the need of the Field Offices. The candidate will assist in designing specific survey strategies for each of the designated rivers to be analyzed. Prior to any field inventory; a records search for the project area will be conducted to determine previously documented baseline and annual inventories. The purpose of the field inventory will be to collect data needed to complete any planning efforts;
  • Work with Field Office to gather required annual reporting on monitoring efforts for each designated river. Distinguish and validate identified baseline monitoring from yearly monitoring from river plans and field office files to help define desired objectives;
  • Create consistent documentation of inventory (BC) and monitoring (MF) for each designated river to comply with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act for BLM CA;
  • The candidate will be expected to work independently in the field and in the office, but will be directed and accompanied while in the field by the BLM Staff when possible or otherwise necessary. Responsible for providing monthly documentation of progress, acres inventoried, and resources identified, recorded, and monitored;

GPS/Metadata

  • The candidate is expected to use GPS equipment and field notes to record findings and prepare GIS information and reports as requested. Forms will be completed electronically, including photographs from field visits of all resources observed within WSR.  Provide resources inventory report following the format provided by BLM WSR Resources Staff for each WSR.

File and Records Maintenance

  • Assist with the State and field offices to create and maintain case files for WSRs, river segment evaluations, as well as eligibility and suitability determinations. Case files will include records such as management plans, eligibility determinations, suitability reports with related material, monitoring reports, and maps with boundaries and descriptions, as appropriate.

Data Standards and Management

  • Review data standards and maintaining electronic datasets for designated WSRs and eligible or suitable WSRs. River data collection will comply with the approved Department of the Interior data management system, Ground Transportation Linear Feature Database, NLCS data standards, Recreation Management Information System, and other data management policies, including those addressing sensitive cultural resources data.

50th Anniversary

  • Assist Wild and Scenic State and National Lead with BLM California planning for the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Coordinate activities with field offices and assist with designing calendar of events and other outreach materials.

 

Work Environment

The candidate will be attached to the BLM California State Office, Division of Natural Resources, in Sacramento California.  The position is principally in a professional office environment. The candidate must have the personal initiative to work independently and to participate in collaborative efforts requires an adaptive, flexible candidate. The candidate must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.

 

Weekly Schedule:

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).  


Required:

  • 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;

Essential Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Excel and Word
  • Ability to conduct internet searches
  • Familiarity with scientific research methods
  • 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;

Suggested Competencies

  • Professional or research experience using ESRI ArcGIS Software;
  • Mapping and Cartographic skills;
  • Experience within federal land agency management, rivers and watersheds;
  • Map and Compass as well as GPS off trail navigation skills;
  • Experience interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales;
  • Experience using GPS units, tablets, and other digital data collection means;

 


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 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 Supervisor, Melissa Early at 801-573-8984 or mearly@usaconservation.org

 

**This posting is subject to change/closure at anytime**

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