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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Bakersfield Field Office, is seeking Two Natural Resource Interpretation Interns for the Carrizo Plain National Monument (CPNM) in the Central California Coast Range who will dedicate ~14 weeks assisting the Carrizo Plain Goodwin Education Center Coordinator with outreach programs within the Monument and throughout surrounding communities. 

Working cooperatively with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the primary mission for the Monument is to restore and maintain native plant and wildlife species that depend upon it.  This is decidedly significant due to the high value of natural and cultural resources within the Monument boundaries, including 13 federally listed endangered plant and animal species.  The monument is a component of the National Conservation Lands system (NCL), administered through the Bureau of Land Management.

Start Date:  ASAP

End Date:  14 weeks after start date

 * A 14-week minimum commitment is required * (Possibility of extending internship)


Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA.

The 250,000-acre monument is located in the Central California Coast range, in the eastern portion of San Luis Obispo County and is managed by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office. It is located in an extremely rural part of California, and is located over an hour from the nearest airport in Bakersfield, CA. The nearest shopping is in Taft, CA, about 30-40 minutes from the main Visitor Center.

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  ACE interns will receive a living allowance of $200/week for food and incidental expenses. Housing is provided by BLM within the Monument at no cost to this intern. Housing is provided within the monument and is 'remote'. Services are limited within monument as well. 
Applicants should be aware that Carrizo Plain National Monument is a remote location with the nearest town about 50 miles away. Housing will be available on the monument, however cell phone coverage is spotty. Typically interns may be the only ones in the housing unit for most of their stay. Web access and email access is limited. Expect rain and muddy roads. 

AmeriCorps: This internship may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award.  This ~$1500 education award is granted upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment in AmeriCorps will be required.

Project Background and Objectives:  The BLM National Conservation Landscape (NCL) program works to protect parcels of land with exceptional natural and/or cultural significance.  The stated mission of the BLM NLCS is "to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values."

Educating communities and individuals is an integral part of land management and is critical to ensuring sustained, long-term resource conservation.  An engaged, educated, and connected public will generally hold a greater understanding and appreciation for natural and cultural resources, thus supporting and participating in a higher level of resource stewardship.  Central to preserving the Carrizo Plain's outstanding characteristics is the interpretation, restoration, and preservation of the areas natural and cultural resources.

Position Description: This position is ideal for an enthusiastic, adaptable, and resourceful young professional interested in a career in public land management.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interest and/or education in natural and/or cultural resource management, though all qualified applicants will receive careful consideration.

This ACE internship is multi-faceted, adaptable, and geared at providing the public education outreach and interpretation of the Monument's natural and cultural resources. Duties performed for this internship will typically take place within the Monument and will support all management activities, primarily education and interpretation, but may also include ecological and cultural restoration, monitoring of the local flora/fauna, as well as recreational facility maintenance. 

The ACE Intern will serve the Bureau's missions by enthusiastically working to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with public tours, special events, and community and educational outreach programs.
  • Assist the Education Center Coordinator in outreach programs. 
  • Travel to local schools to give presentations on special resources within the area. 
  • Assist in maintaining the Education Center's exhibits, both inside and out.
  • Assist with the publication of the newsletters.
  • Give scheduled tours to the visiting public and special user groups throughout the season.
  • Assist with general interpretation and visitor support with Monument guests at the Education Center.
  • General cleanup and maintenance of the visitor displays and interpretive signs.
  • Additional tasks as identified during the course of the internship. 

Opportunities may exist for the person to help out on other projects, such as, ongoing research activities in the area.  Monitoring activities also provide opportunities for the individual to gain experience in different fields if they are inclined to do so.  This is not a requirement these are additional tasks that can provide invaluable experiences.


Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, historical archaeology, environmental policy, natural resource management, recreation & park management, or related discipline.  The intern will be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group.


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Between the age of 21 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;
  • Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to work alone or in a group.
  • Must be comfortable in making presentations in front of large groups of people.
  • Ability and knowledge of reading and using topographic maps.
  • Should be able to drive a 4x4 vehicles (manual and/or automatic transmission) on dirt roads.
  • Deep interest in ecology, history, and respect for nature. 
  • Must be able to able and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts.
  • English proficiency is imperative. Conversational Spanish is a plus.


  • Undergraduate degree in natural resource management, recreation & park management, historical archaeology, restoration ecology, biological sciences, environmental policy, or other related fields. 
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
  • Knowledge & skills in the principles of education and interpretation.  Experience working in an environmental or cultural education setting.
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources.
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with, the local area is also helpful.

This position will likely have recurring (regular, scheduled or anticipated) access to vulnerable populations.  State and Federal Criminal History Checks will be required for participation.


The ACE BLM Interpretation Intern must be willing and able 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.

To Apply:  Please submit a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW fields at the upper right of this screen.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC BLM Member Coordinator/Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or


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