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

Summary: American Conservation Experience -Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking One to Two Natural Resource Interns at Ironwood Forest National Monument to dedicate 30 to 40 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: ASAP

End Date: TBD

* A 30-40-week commitment is required *

Location: 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 Tucson Field Office also includes the Las Cienegas and San Pedro Riparian Natural Conservation Areas, 4 designated wildernesses, the Middle Gila Canyons Special Recreation Area (managed OHV routes), and urban lands. This internship is a great opportunity to sample wide diversity in ecosystems, recreational opportunities, values and management.

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: 


Compensation: The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $480/week. This position likely works a Tuesday-Saturday schedule (subject to change).


Public Land Corps (PLC) Competitive Hiring Authority: This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Interns who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs. Requirements are: (1) Intern must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Intern must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request.


Position Description:

You will work together with one or more other interns and/or BLM personnel to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug- and migrant-smuggling on Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM) and other lands within the Tucson Field Office. Project work primarily includes patrolling for, documenting and addressing trash and resource damage, including rehabilitation of unauthorized roads and tracks, sign installation, and fence repair. Secondary projects implement land use plans through closure and rehabilitation of roads, herbicide application on invasive non-native grass, creation of information portals, fence maintenance and installation of signs, gates and/or cattle guards. You will also coordinate with volunteer and/or youth intern crews in accomplishing these types of projects, with opportunities to learn to independently manage small projects. Other duties may be assigned in support of border restoration and resource protection work. Accurate and detailed documentation is an important duty.

You will receive training in 4-wheel-drive/UTV driving, operating hydraulic tools, public contacts, field data collection methods, invasive plant identification, and field safety training.  

After orientation and security clearances, you will be expected to navigate with another intern and/or BLM employee using a GPS and topographic maps, traveling on primitive 4x4 roads. Drive time to work sites can be long, and the work requires physical labor following and prior to extended periods of driving.

You will document conditions before and after projects, enter data weekly into online and network databases, and contribute to a report of annual accomplishments. One day per week you will work in the Field Office and meet with your BLM supervisor to review accomplishments, plan work, and participate in leadership/career development. The Field Office is a 0.5 hour drive from the vehicle staging area. You will also attend monthly employee meetings at the Field Office.

You will assist with maintenance and inventory of tools and supplies as needed, and prepare equipment for volunteer projects. 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.

Occasional opportunities for cross training exist in a variety of disciplines within the Bureau of Land Management, along with partnering with other agencies such as the National Park Service or Arizona Game and Fish Department. 


Qualifications: 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


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • Interns must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • A federal background investigation is required for this position
  • 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); Driving is required for this position.
  • 4x4 Driving training will be provided.
  • 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
  • Interns must be comfortable working remote outdoor locations under challenging conditions, primarily extreme temperatures.
  • Interns should be familiar with navigation by map and compass, as well as by GPS.
  • The ability to work flexibly while following established protocols and policies is required for this position.
  • Interns must be available to work on weekends, with potential for regular weekend work.
  • This position averages 1 day per week in the office.
  • Interns must wear the provided uniform on a regular basis and the uniform is mandatory for interns.

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 Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at (385) 266-7483 or email your inquiries to  

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