American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Coos Bay, OR, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay Field Office is seeking ONE Horticulture and Botany Intern to dedicate 26 weeks working at the O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden and noxious weed management, primarily at recreation sites, such as campgrounds and parks on the Coos Bay BLM district.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, early-career professionals with a background in botany, biology, horticulture, environmental studies, parks and recreation, natural resource management, or a closely related field, who possess an interest in advancing their career goals through hard work and commitment in conservation.

Start Date:  April 2019

End Date:  Late September 2019

* A 26-week commitment is required *

Locations: Coos Bay District, OR

The Hinsdale Garden is four miles east of Reedsport Oregon on the bank of the Umpqua River. Recreation sites are scattered throughout the district and include the Coos Bay North Spit, Bastendorff Beach, New River; Loon Lake, Sixes, Edson and other campgrounds lies between the Pacific Ocean and crest of the coast range from approximately Reedsport to the Oregon-California border. The BLM offices is in North Bend, Oregon.

The historic O.H. Hinsdale Rhododendron Garden is undergoing restoration and in the process of becoming a BLM recreation area. This English woodland garden contains some of the oldest rhododendrons in the Pacific Northwest, and is one of only three such gardens in the state of Oregon. It is located on the shores of the lower Umpqua River, across Highway 38 from the BLM's Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, where a herd of elk reside for the public's viewing enjoyment year around. Restoration of the historic garden has been assisted by several organizations, including the American Rhododendron Society, The Friends of Hinsdale Garden, Northwest Youth Corps, and the Student Conservation Corps.

The Coos Bay District's recreation sites include vastly different habitats such as shady old growth forests, sand dunes, and meadows. Most of which are accessed by gravel logging roads, but could include various driving conditions from highway to primitive sand roads. 

Compensation: Interns will receive a $200/week living stipend. Housing will be provided at no cost by the BLM.  Housing is shared occupancy with other interns and/or BLM staff.

AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 900 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2960) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required to be eligible.

Position Description: Hinsdale Garden Duties:  Sixty percent of theIntern's work will be at the Hinsdale Garden. The candidate is desired to have experience and/or interest in horticulture or botany. Primary duties at the garden will include watering, weeding, and pruning. The Intern will keep photographic record of the plants and add information to the database. In addition, the Intern will help create and promote public information materials for the garden, work on existing trails, and help the Friends Group with public tours of the garden.

Weed Management Duties: Up to forty percent of the Intern's work will be conducting surveys, collecting data, controlling invasive plants and managing survey data collected using mobile devices, and stored in ArcMap (GIS). His or her duties will include assisting weed coordinators with an emphasis on recreation areas where visitors inadvertently introduce or spread invasive plants.

Work Environment and Demands:  At the rhododendron garden the Intern will conduct maintenance using various garden hand tools. While doing weed management the Intern will be required to use walk long distances, while carrying up to 45 pounds and traverse various habitats and slopes, use a variety of tools and herbicide. The intern will wear appropriate personal protection equipment while in work status. This position may be exposed to a variety of seasonal weather conditions while working outdoors and requires frequent interactions with the public.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree ORwork experience in environmental science, botany, horticulture, natural resource management, park management, recreation, wildlife biology, or a related discipline while enrolled in a related college or university program. The Interns must be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work reliably and productively alone or in a group. 


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • Between the ages of 18 35
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals and demonstrate effective communication skills with the public of all ages and backgrounds
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record, and the ability to provide documentation
  • Interest in a career in Natural Resources and Natural Resources Management
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather
  • English proficiency required


  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GPS equipment in the field
  • Degree or significant coursework in botany, horticulture, plant pathology, biology, or related natural resources fields
  • It is highly desirable to have a personal vehicle, as it is difficult to secure reliable rides for groceries, travel, or partake in other activities during off hours/days
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome

The Intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Applicants may be expected to submit to drug screening.

Please note that this position description may change/close at anytime and ACE will begin the application review process as applications are received. 

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE BLM Recruitment Specialist, Joshua Haussler, at

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