American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience -Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking One Natural Resource Team Lead Interns at Ironwood Forest National Monument to dedicate 52 weeks to directly assist the BLM and ACE with project work to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug smuggling and activities associated with the US-Mexico border.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the conservation of natural and cultural resources. Applicants must have a strong interest in a career in recreation and restoration in regards to natural resource management and leadership. 

Start Date: July/August, 2018
End Date: 52 weeks from start
* A 52-week commitment is required *

: Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM), located near Tucson, Arizona 

Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM) is paradoxically rugged and undeveloped while being located next to the second-largest populated city in Arizona. IFNM consists of over 128,000 acres of Sonoran Desert including ironwood trees, saguaro cactus, rugged mountain peaks, iconic views, and historic and archaeological objects. It is home to the endangered Nichol Turks Head Cactus and Lesser Long-nosed Bat. There are no developed facilities on IFNM.

The BLM Tucson Field Office includes Ironwood Forest National Monument, Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area, and multiple areas for wilderness and developed urban recreation.

Tucson is a large, diverse city with a packed year round arts and cultural events calendar, blossoming culinary and nightlife scenes, plus 350 days of sunshine per year.

To learn more about Ironwood Forest National Monument, please visit: To learn more about ACE, please visit: 

 The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $480/week for housing, food, and incidentals.

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: Interns serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their internship. Qualifying interns who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority." Eligible interns must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.

Position Description
: You will lead and implement, in coordination with BLM personnel, project work to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug- and migrant-smuggling on Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM). On-the-ground project work primarily consists of patrolling for, documenting and addressing trash and resource damage, including rehabilitation of unauthorized roads and tracks, sign installation, and fence repair. Secondary projects implement our Land Use Plans through herbicide treatment of invasive non-native grass, installation of information portals, gates, vehicle barriers or cattle guards. Some border projects will be on other areas of the Field Office (urban lands, National Conservation Areas, wilderness areas). You will coordinate the daily activities of 2-3 field interns and will lead volunteers and/or youth crews in accomplishing these projects. You will recruit volunteers for specific projects, and will ensure that volunteer paperwork is completed, and hours and accomplishments are documented and reported. You will serve as the point of contact for Arizona Game and Fish Department's border trash cleanups, and your team will enter the associated data into Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's database.

This position is approximately 40% office work, 60% field work. Drive time from vehicle staging area to the IFNM is about 1 hour, with up to 2 additional hours of driving to reach project sites. The Field Office is a 0.5 hour drive from the vehicle staging area. Field work on the IFNM requires working together with at least one other person, navigation with GPS and topographic maps, traveling on primitive, narrow 4x4 roads.

You will receive training in 4-wheel-drive/ATV/UTV driving, hydraulic tools, public contacts, fence repair, field data collection methods (recreation, wildlife, wilderness and/or range), buffelgrass identification, producing a basic map in ArcGIS, Wilderness First Aid, and mandatory safety training. You will receive training and testing for an Arizona certified pesticide applicator's license. Additional online training available in NEPA compliance, Wilderness management, and many other topics.

You will be responsible planning and coordinating projects, including assessment and mitigation of risks to health and safety, maintenance and inventory of tools and supplies, and preparing purchase requests as needed. You will document conditions before and after projects (written descriptions, GPS coordinates, and photographs), maintain a database of identified projects, manage the workload to get the projects done, and produce a written report of annual accomplishments.

This position includes close coordination with law enforcement rangers and other BLM personnel, as safety is highly emphasized when conducting project work in areas with active immigration and smuggling.

Opportunities for cross training exist in a variety of disciplines within the Bureau of Land Management, as well as partnering with other agencies such as the National Park Service or Arizona Game and Fish Department. Opportunities to conduct a specific project from start to finish are available, if you are interested. 

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 conservation and natural resource management


  • 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;
  • A federal background investigation is required for this position.
  • Hiking is required for this position. Interns should be physically fit and able to carry up to 50 pounds while hiking at least one mile.
  • Basic skills with computers, including word processing and spreadsheets, are required for this position.
  • The ability to build and sustain effective working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions is required for this position.
  • The ability to work flexibly and creatively while following established protocols and policies is required for this position.
  • Intern must be comfortable working in remote outdoor locations under challenging conditions, primarily extreme temperatures. 
  • Intern should be familiar with navigation by map and compass, as well as by GPS.
  • Intern must be available to work on weekends, with potential for regular weekend work.
  • Intern must wear the provided uniform on a regular basis.

To Apply
: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional and/or academic references to the online application located on the upper right hand of the ACE web site job description.

**PLEASE NOTE: This position may close at any time**

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact ACE EPIC BLM Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or

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