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

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit conservation corps in partnership with the Coos Bay Bureau of Land Management (BLM),is seeking TWO Snowy Plover Education and Outreach Intern to dedicate 16 OR 26 weeks working directly with the BLM staff at the Coos Bay North Spit, located on the south-central coast of Oregon.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, early-career professionals with a background in wildlife biology, ecology, 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 to conservation.

Start Date:  Early April

End Date: Late July or Late September - depending on start date and term length

* A 26-week commitment is required *

Location:  North Bend/Coos Bay, Oregon 

This site is the southernmost end of a complexof ocean beaches, sand dunes, pine and spruce forests, lakes, and seasonal wetland habitatsextending along the Oregon coastline from Florence to Coos Bay. The ever-changing habitat is home to a wide variety of mammals and birds, including the Western Snowy Plover.

The Coos Bay North Spit is a 15-minute drive from downtown North Bend. The BLM has an established boat ramp at the site with restroom facilities. The North Spit is accessed through a sparse network of primitive sand roads, and non-motorized horse and foot trails. Popular recreational activities include bird and wildlife-watching, clamming and crabbing in Coos Bay, hiking, camping, hunting, surfing and fishing near the jetty, and sightseeing on the ocean beach. Seasonally, from March 15 to September 15, there are public recreation restrictions for the Western Snowy Plover nesting areas.

Housing: Housing will be provided at no cost by the BLM. Housing is shared occupancy with other interns and/or BLM staff.

AmeriCorps: A $200/week living allowance will be provided to cover food and incidentals. Additionally, this position may be eligible for a 900 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2960) OR a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1566.14) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Award is dependent on length of internship. Additional enrollment is required to be eligible. 


Position Description: The position is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for wildlife and recreation management. The chief responsibilities includecruising the North Spit sand roads by vehicle, UTV, andon foot, and monitoring recreation activities while informing the public about the Western Snowy Plover seasonal restrictions. The Plover Outreach Intern will alsoplay a substantial role in placing boundary ropes and signs around the seasonally closed nesting habitat in the spring, maintaining them throughout the season, and removing the materials at the end of the closure in September.

The Plover Outreach Intern will interact with and educate the public about the rules and regulations on the North Spit. In addition to the aforementioned duties, workload consists of recording recreation violations, and conducting public education and outreach about the Western Snowy Plover and the North Spit. The Outreach Intern will collaborate and communicate with Wildlife Biologist and BLM law enforcement staff about activities recorded on the North Spit. Additional opportunities to plan interpretive, environmental education programs and presentations about the Western Snowy Plover are possible with a motivated intern.

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 dailyinteractions with the public.


Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree OR work 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. 

Required:

  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only. 
  • Between the ages of 18 and 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.
  • The position requires that the selected candidate wear the BLM uniform when on-duty.
  • 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 weather. 
  • English proficiency required.

Preferred:                                                

  • Knowledge and ability utilizing GPS equipment in the field.
  • 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. 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: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

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

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