American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs South Coast Field Office is seeking One Biological Technician Intern to dedicate a minimum of 48 weeks to work in support of the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office. This Intern will work on many different projects relating to recreational opportunities that abound in the Coachella Valley and throughout the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office. Interns will also have many opportunities to engage with the public, speak about our mission and provide assistance to the diverse publics that we serve.


Start Date: October (flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: 48-weeks from Start


Location: Palm Springs, California

BLM California's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office ("PSSCFO") manages a complex variety of public lands: about 3.6 million acres, including 1.7 million surface (more than the State of Delaware) and 1.9 million subsurface. The office serves a diverse public: home to more than 22 million people and host to millions of annual visits. The PSSCFO stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River and from the international border with Mexico to where the mountains meet the Mojave Desert: an area larger than the State of Maryland.  Renewable energy, recreation, and conservation drive PSSCFO's multiple-use and sustained-yield programming. The office carries out the BLM mission by way of strong partnerships, including the most annual volunteer hours of any BLM California field office. PSSCFO's workload includes multiple utility-scale solar and wind projects, an ever-expanding number of visitors and varieties of ways to experience and enjoy America's public lands, and year-round operations to protect lives, property, and resources through robust and integrated fire and law enforcement programs.  The office manages fourteen Wilderness areas, fourteen Areas of Critical Environmental Concern ("ACECs"), all or part of four National Monuments (Sand to Snow, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains, California Coastal, and Mojave Trails), and three National Scenic and Historic Trails (the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail, and the historic Juan Bautista de Anza and Old Spanish trails). 


Project Website: For more information about the BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, please visit For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:

Compensation: $700/wk. Living Stipend provided for food and incidentals. Housing is not provided by ACE or the BLM. Intern's schedule will be generally 40/hrs. a week, but is flexible and based on the needs of the BLM.

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: Interns accomplish wildlife surveys, recreation access, public safety, restoration, and conservation projects in the Palm Springs- South Coast Field Office public lands, while applying an environmental stewardship ethic, learning practical skills, and exploring career options. The American Conservation Experience organization closely resembles the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt by not only learning conservation activities, but also playing an important role in protecting and enhancing the nation's natural resources. These interns will work on many different projects relating to wildlife, botany and recreational opportunities that abound in the Coachella Valley and throughout the Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office. They will inventory and monitor artificial waters in the desert that provide water for big game and other protected species. Inventory and monitoring of artificial water sources meets recovery plan actions for the federally threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the Northern & Eastern Colorado Desert (NECO)Plan area and the federally endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) in the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. This work is also enabling the BLM to gather data on the functionality of these drinkers, the quality of the water sources, monitor and treat invasives growing in and around the source, as well as ensure that these artificial waters are built to be tortoise safe with a ramp for species to safely get in and out and not drown. All of which are monitoring needs that are specifically addressed in Biological Opinions issued to the BLM for both species that we are required to report on an annual basis to the USFWS.

In addition, the interns will collect recreation information on visitor use, record resource damage, identify trail restoration opportunities, and collect waste. The BLM will benefit by managing these water sources to improve habitat for both hunting and species conservation and will apply for funding using data collected to identify areas for restoration and maintenance through the California OHV grant proposal system.

Projects Goals: 
Field work will cover a variety of uses in the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office. The inventory and monitoring of artificial waters is an important component of wildlife management in the desert which can provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The other component of this internship is to analyze visitor impacts to wildlife by tracking visitor usage to create a more effective plan for management of public health and safety, providing access, assessing resource damage, providing garbage collection, tracking target shooting hotspots, and managing camp grounds and Long Term Visitor Areas. The BLM will install kiosks and signs at high-use areas to help direct the public with maps, fire information, Leave No Trace ethics, and desert safety. Interns will also interact with the public on a day-to-day basis to assist in trail locations for hiking and birding, off-highway vehicle opportunities, and potential hunting areas. The interns will also serve as public contact representatives at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument to provide information about hiking, wildlife, and other outdoor opportunities.


Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of or in progress of an undergraduate degree in Botany, Natural Resource Management, Soil Science, Ecology Plant Sciences or other related discipline 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 position description. We are looking for determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.

This opportunity will require time outdoors and field work that is often under somewhat rigorous physical conditions.  Applicants must also meet the following criteria: 1). Pass a DOI security background check 2). Valid Drivers License 3). Pass Defensive Driving Course.


  • 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;
  • Use of a personal vehicle is highly suggested. Personal vehicle will not be used for work related purposes. 
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.
  • Experience/Background in botany, plant science, and have a deep interest in ecology/natural resource management and respect for nature
  • Have demonstrated plant identification skills/experience. Field experience preferred
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork and project duties as listed above
  • Applicants are expected to be HIGHLY motivated and on occasion, be able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision
  • Ability to collect GPS data to be moved into GIS and data management reports
  • Strong background and interest in Public Lands and Federal Policy
  • Comfortable hiking cross country in a rugged environment one day and spending the next at a computer
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • English proficiency


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. 


Posting is submit to change/close at any time without notice




NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  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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