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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and the National Park Service, is seeking applicants for TWO Hydrologic Technician Internship positions to dedicate 10 weeks to the research, monitoring and management of the interagency Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program (AREMP) based out of Corvallis, Oregon. Field projects will take place in various locations on Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS) lands in northern California, Oregon, and Washington, west of the Cascade Mountains. 

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in hydrology, biology, wildlife and fisheries management, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management or other related disciplines.

Start Date: July 24th, 2019 

End Date: September 27th, 2019

 A 10-week commitment is required

Compensation: Interns will receive a $450/weekly living stipend paid bi-weekly. Interns will responsible for their own housing in Corvallis. Interns will camp during their 8 days on while conducting field surveys. Interns are responsible for their own personal equipment

Location: Corvallis, Oregon. Field projects will take place in various locations on Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS) lands in Oregon, and Washington west of the Cascade Mountains.


Position Description: In this field position, the ACE interns will work with BLM and Forest Service Fish Biologists and Biological Technicians to monitor air and water temperature stations. Interns will calibrate, download, and deploy in-stream and air temperature sensors in 40+ watersheds on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service lands in northern California and western Oregon and Washington. Interns will assist with extensive planning and logistics which involves mapping routes, finding campgrounds, navigating to remote sites and occasional backpacking trips. Interns will spend 90% of their time in the field during their internship.

The crew will work 8 days on followed by 6 days off (Wednesday to Wednesday) to monitor in-stream and air temperature stations. During this time crews will camp in rustic dispersed campsites (no bathrooms or running water) and occasionally campgrounds in remote areas. A few sites will require backpacking into watersheds. Crews pack up gear and move camp every night during a field stint. Field surveys will involve extensive hiking and bushwhacking off-trail on steep slopes to reach survey sites on streams. Hiking to sites may involve hiking up to 10 miles in a day. Once at the stream interns will work in cold water, walk on uneven surfaces, and climb over logs while carrying field equipment. Interns can expect to work in variable weather conditions including cold, rain and 90+ degree days throughout the summer and may even see some snow at the end of the season. This is a physically demanding position. You will spend a lot of time on the road driving/riding between sites, so you will need some good podcasts and play lists (road trip!). If you just read this paragraph and think this sounds amazing, this is the position for you!

While working, interns will be provided with camping gear including tents, sleeping pads, and cooking gear. Interns will be responsible for providing their own sleeping bag and rain gear. Wading boots and waders will be provided. Interns will be responsible for buying their own food prior to leaving for field stints. During work, Federal vehicles will be used. Interns will take defensive driver training so that they can drive federal vehicles as needed. A valid state driver's license is required for this position.

Project Website: For more information about the Aquatic and Riparian Effectiveness Monitoring Program (AREMP), please visit their website at: https://www.fs.fed.us/r6/reo/monitoring/watershed/. For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: http://www.usaconservation.org/programs/epic-internship/ 

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: 
Interns serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their internship. Qualifying interns who serve a "minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects as defined in the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 and at least 120 hours were served on a project utilizing the Public Lands Corps legal authority." Eligible interns must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.


Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in hydrology, ecology, fisheries and wildlife management, natural resource management, biology or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.  We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. 

Required Skills:

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Between the age of 18 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;
  • Effective communication skills with resource specialists, colleagues, and the public
  • Able and willing to alone and in a group
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor
  • Interest and knowledge of fisheries and/or wildlife management
  • Knowledge, interest and/or experience in riparian ecosystems
  • Knowledge, interest and/or experience conducting aquatic field work
  • Experience in various field data collection methods using standard protocols
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
  • Must have camping experience and be willing to camp for several days in remote areas
  • Interest and ability to work in remote field areas
  • Strong leader and equally strong team player
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
  • Strong desire to enter the conservation field as a natural resource professional

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the AREMP in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and AREMP reserve the right to require drug testing.

Please note that this position description may change/close at any time 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 Member Coordinator, Erin Mounce, at emounce@usaconservation.org

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