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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management Prineville District Office, is seeking ONE Recreation Intern for a minimum of 16 weeks to assist BLM field offices in performing field monitoring of Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, as well as performing trails maintenance/construction, public access management, and interpretation/environmental education with public visitors.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Recreation, Natural Resources, Conservation, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Oregon's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.

Start Date:  ASAP

End Date:  16 weeks from start (possibility of extension)

Location: Prineville, OR. Prineville is the largest District in Oregon with 1.65 million acres scattered over 13 million acres. The boundary generally follows county boundaries and stretches from the Columbia River in the north to the edge of the Great Basin in the south, and includes the Cascade crest in the west and the Blue Mountains in the east. It is roughly 180 miles across, both north-south and east-west.

The district is in the rain shadow of the Cascades and has a mild and relatively dry climate. Most of the 10-16 inches of average precipitation falls as snow, although localized thunderstorms can drop significant amounts of rain. High temperatures can exceed 100 degrees F in the summer, while sub-zero temperatures are common during the winter.

Compensation: $480-600/per week living allowance (stipend) to cover housing, food, and incidentals. 20*-40 hours/week, weekend and holiday work required. Flexible schedule 8-10hrs/day.Housing is not provided. Intern will be responsible for obtaining their own housing.

*Stipend will be adjusted if selected candidate will be serving 20 hrs. a week. Rate above is based on 40 hrs. a week schedule.

Project Website: For more information on the BLM Prineville District Office and the BLM as a whole, visit: You can also visit www.usaconservation.orgfor more information about ACE and the EPIC program.

Position Description: Intern will work under an Outdoor Recreation Planner (ORP) and will be primarily involved with recreation and wilderness project work, including maintenance and monitoring tasks. Opportunities may exist to work on inter-disciplinary projects with wildlife, range, botany, and/or hydrology. The emphasis of the position will be on field-based projects with some office-based reporting and computer work. Due to the dispersed nature of the public land managed by the Prineville District, extensive drive time of two to four hours per day may be required, as well as occasional overnight camping.

Intern duties are as follows: 

  • Work independently, with other BLM staff, and/or with volunteer partner groups on recreation and wilderness related projects.  
  • Make contacts with public lands users to provide information and education about federal rules and regulations.
  • Serve as a crew member on trail maintenance and construction projects.
  • Perform minor maintenance of dispersed/developed recreation sites.
  • Install, collect and maintain recreation monitoring surveys using digital monitoring devices and input data into computer database software. 
  • Repair/replace signs, sign posts and fencing across the BLM District.
  • Assist Outdoor Recreation Planners in procuring materials/supplies and equipment in support of the recreation program. 
  • Miscellaneous duties as required in support of the overall recreation program, including but not limited to organization of the recreation cache, sign cache, vehicle maintenance, etc.

We are looking for ambitious, self-motivated interns who work well with others, enjoy interacting with the public and volunteers, and have a passion for public lands. The Prineville BLM District has a busy and diverse recreation program that is both fun and demanding. 

Training: Trainings will be provided as needed and as available

Public Land Corps (PLC) Competitive Hiring Authority: This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Interns who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs. Requirements are: (1) Intern must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Intern must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request.

Qualifications: Applicants should have degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Recreation or related field. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. Resumes and cover letters must show detailed key project experiences.


  • Interns must be US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 21- 30 years of age. Applicants 31-35, with recent Masters Degree's or pursuing Master's degree's up to age 35, will be considered.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation and be able to legally operate a motor vehicle in the State of Oregon; (Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive ACE/Agency vehicles)
    • Ability to drive an Agency vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and Intern must be cleared by ACE to
  • Ability to hike 10+ miles with a 40-60 lb. pack in rough terrain. Due to the conditions in which some of the work is performed (remote, steep, exposed, etc.), park rangers may be required to carry essential survival gear, food, water, clothing, and tools/equipment over long distances to work-sites in backpacks (40-60 lbs.).
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision in remote settings.


  • Familiar with BLM Wilderness Study Area monitoring
  • Familiar with BLM Wilderness Character baseline assessment and monitoring
  • Familiar with BLM "Lands with Wilderness Characteristics" survey process
  • Familiar with BLM Visual Resource Management inventory process
  • GPS field data collection
  • GIS mapping experience
  • Experience operating 4x4 vehicles, ATV's and trailers

Selected candidates 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.

**This position is subject to change/close at any time**

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:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this internship opportunity, please contact Erin Mounce at

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