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 Recreation Maintenance Intern to dedicate 16 weeks working directly with the BLM staff and the public at Loon Lake Rec. Site/Campground, located Northeast of Reedsport, Oregon.

This entry level opportunity is intended for enthusiastic individuals with an interest in grounds maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, or a closely related field, who possess an interest in advancing their career goals in parks and recreation, natural resource management or trade careers.

Start Date:  Spring 2019

End Date:  Fall 2019

* A 16-week commitment is required *

Location:  Loon Lake Recreation Area/New River Area, Oregon. Loon Lake Recreation Area is located 20 miles east of Reedsport, Oregon.  Situated in the heart of the Oregon Coastal Mountain Range, Loon Lake is a popular coastal recreation site hosting a premier campground with a warm, sandy beach surrounded by Douglas fir, Western hemlock, and Red cedar forests. Loon Lake covers 260 acres, is 2 miles long and 190' deep. During summer, the Lake is popular for boating, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming, as well as relaxing on the sandy beaches along the lake and forest. The campground is located adjacent to the lake, accessible by trails. Loon Lake is open to day visitors as well as campground visitors.

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 is eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1566.14) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required to be eligible.

Position Description: The position opportunity is for recreation maintenance worker.  The chief responsibilities will be cleaning campsites, mowing, weed eating, garbage removal, basic plumbing, carpentry, and will learn about potable water treatment system. Intern will also be taking care of primitive camp sites in other locations, by use of vehicle, UTV, or on foot and monitoring recreation activities.

Will be interacting with the public on a daily basis and Interns will collaborate and communicate with other BLM maintenance employees, campground hosts, BLM law enforcement staff and Park Rangers.

Work Environment and Demands:  This is a physically demanding position requiring walking long distances, and driving extremely rough terrain.  This position is exposed to a variety of seasonal weather conditions. The position also requires frequent interactions with the public.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a current valid driver's license .The interns must be resourceful, adaptable, and able to work comfortably alone or in a group. 


  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders 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.
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature; 
  • Must have a desire to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with the natural environment and understand what it takes to manage our country's most revered natural places;
  • Must be physically fit for outdoor work in all types of inclement weather. 
  • English proficiency required.


  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on steep, rough terrain, possibly pulling a trailer.
  • 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.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing. 

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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