American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Susanville, 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 Resource Inventory Team Lead Intern to inventory BLM lands to determine if they possess qualities of wilderness character to inform Land Use Planning efforts with throughout the state of California. Team Lead's will manage teams of 2 to 3 other members throughout the term of service.

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

Planned Schedule: (Tentative)

  • September 4th October 26th: Eagle Lake Field Office (Susanville, CA) 8-weeks
  • October 29th November 30th: Bishop Field Office (Bishop, CA) 5-weeks
  • 3rd Jan. 4th: California Desert District (Moreno Valley, CA) 5-weeks

For more information, please visit: ACE EPIC Program

Compensation:  The ACE Team Lead Intern will work 40 hours/week and will receive a $400/wk living allowance compensation in the form of a weekly Stipend for food and incidentals. Housing will be provided by ACE*. Camping may be required throughout term of service as needed**.  * Housing is subject to change. More information will be provided. ** ACE will provide group camping gear. Interns are welcome to provide their own gear if desired.  ***Locations have limited cell service and teams will be required to utilize local communities to seek WIFI when not near/in the field offices.

Project Background/Description:

The team will inventory BLM lands to determine if they possess qualities of wilderness character to inform Land Use Planning efforts with throughout the state of California. This work does not entail decision making. Through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process the BLM will use this inventory in conjunction with other information to inform decisions concerning lands the BLM will continue to manage for wilderness characteristics as well as for other concurrent multiple uses. All decisions about managing wilderness characteristics will stem from subsequent public planning processes.

While this position requires extensive field expertise the average work week is 50/50 Field work and Office work (office work will often be required to be done remotely). The majority of the workload will consist of data processing and drafting technical reports. Participants should be enthusiastic about this aspect of the job as well as data collection in the field. Data collection sites are often located in remote locations and require driving long distance and navigating difficult dirt roads. Furthermore, while data collection can require remote multi-day backpacking trips, significant portions of data is collected from within a vehicle, while driving the perimeters of the inventory units. Work sites are located at a significant distant from the base field offices, so strong ability to work independently and lead a team of young adults is mandatory.


Six principal tasks constitute the scope of work for this project:

  1. Consult with Field Office staff to obtain local knowledge about lands known to contain or have the potential to contain wilderness characteristics and other supplemental values (e.g., ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic, historical)
  1. GIS analysis and ground truth to determine whether the extent and boundaries of lands with wilderness characteristics in the existing inventory remain valid or merit revaluation
  1. GIS analysis and ground truth to asses BLM proposed additions and changes proposed by citizens to the extent and boundaries of lands with wilderness characteristics
  1. On-the-ground validation of proposed changes for an individual area where changes in extents and boundaries for the area amount to greater than one square mile (= 2.59 km2)
  1. Draft Lands with Wilderness Inventory findings for review by BLM lead and prepare for final review and signature by the Field Manager.
  1. Document findings in permanent paper and electronic files, using data standards and forms established in BLM Manual 6310, the map results of GIS analysis algorithms, narratives from field notes, and photographs supporting inclusion of existing and proposed lands with the wilderness characteristics.

Interns will use a provided IPad to collect field data. IPad's and related gear provided by the BLM and ACE. Leads will be responsible for being in communication with the Field Office and ACE, on behalf of the team. Leads will be responsible for safety and management of the team during the team of service. 


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).  


Applicants must have a degree in natural resource management, environmental science, ecology, GIS, fisheries and wildlife management, biology 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 looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. 

Required Skills:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only;
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 30.
  • 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 are required to drive for this position. If unable to drive (age/record limitation), please contact our staff listed before to discuss.
  • Relevant higher education (In-Progress or Completed Bachelors, required);
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check;
  • Strong leader and leadership skills and equally strong team player;
  • Experience leading/managing small teams
  • 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;
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain;
  • Interest and ability to work in remote field areas;
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE;
  • Physical strength to walk long distances (>20km) in one day through harsh desert environments
  • Current Wilderness First Responder or higher is required for Lead.

Highly Preferred Skills

  • Professional or research experience using ArcGIS Software;
  • Mapping and Cartographic skills;
  • Map and Compass as well as GPS off trail navigation skills;
  • Experience using GPS units, tablets, and other digital data collection means;
  • Experience in photography (photo editing/Google Earth skills);
  • Mental endurance and good judgment to work in strenuous conditions;
  • Risk Management Mindset
  • Off-Road Driving experience
  • Adaptability and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a contributing member of a small team working in close proximity for an extended time.
  • Strong desire to enter the conservation field as a natural resource professional;

**Details subject to change as anytime**

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 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 BLM Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or


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