American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bakersfield, CA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bakersfield Field Office is seeking 2 Archeology Interns working with the Bakersfield Field Office Archaeology Staff to assist with land management as it relates to archeological surveys of the region.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the public sector outdoor recreation profession, as well as working in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the nation.

Start: Oct/Nov (Flexible for the right candidate)

End: 19 or 26 weeks from start

Location: Bakersfield, CA.

The Bakersfield Field Office manages 612,000 acres of public lands in eight Central California counties that stretch from the California Coast to the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, as well as 450,000 acres of federal mineral estate. Public lands managed by the Bakersfield office include the quarter-million-acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area north of Cambria, San Joaquin River Gorge and the Atwell Island Land Retirement Demonstration Project located at Alpaugh, Tulare County.

Project Website: For more information on the BLM Bakersfield Field Office please visit their website at:
For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: Interns will earned a weekly Living Allowance of $500, for Housing, Food, and Incidentals. Housing not provided during internship. 

AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

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.

Position Description:
 The BLM Bakersfield Field Office would like to engage an archaeological intern for a four-month internship through American Conservation Experience (ACE).  This individual will provide assistance to BLM Bakersfield Field Office Archaeology Staff with inventory, recordation, site monitoring, preservation planning, and other aspects related to the management of cultural resources located within the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  This intern will provide support for Bakersfield Field Office Range, Recreation, Travel Management, and Cultural Resources programs. 

Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

The interns will work on many aspects of cultural resource management, including background research, site recordation and survey reporting under the direction of the Bakersfield Field Office Archaeologist and Archaeological Technician Crew Chief.  Workload is divided between field inventory, recordation and monitoring, and documentation of prehistoric and historic cultural resources.

Field Inventory

The intern will conduct inventory as directed by the Bakersfield Field Office Archaeologist and Archaeological Technician Crew Chief. Inventory may be conducted as part of a field crew or individually. 

Recordation and Monitoring

Recordation of cultural resources will be in accordance with guidance from the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) as outlined in the 1995 manual titled "Instructions for Recording Historical Resources" and in consultation with BLM Field Office Archaeologist. Monitoring of previously recorded cultural resources for condition during field inventory is required and all site records (DPR523) will be updated, including the Location Map and Sketch Map.  The intern will keep a log of all recorded sites.


The intern is expected to use GPS equipment and field notes to record findings and prepare GIS information and reports as requested. DPR523 Series forms will be completed electronically, including photographs from field visits of all cultural resources observed. A cultural resources inventory report will be provided following the format provided by BLM Archaeologist.

The BLM will provide a GPS unit, computer system, a camera and handheld radio for use by the intern. Government transport will be provided while on duty, however a personal vehicle is strongly suggested for use during personal time.


Qualifications: Applicants must hold, or be pursuing, a degree in Archeology, Anthropology, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience that satisfies the requirements of this position.

Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.


  • 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;
  • Availability to work approximately forty hours per week
  • Ability to hike in rugged terrain for 8 hours a day, in variable weather conditions, in a remote location
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with the public
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision


  • Demonstrated interest and experience in the field of Archeology
  • Ability to safely drive a four-wheel drive vehicle on both improved and primitive roads
  • Experience in documenting archaeological resources and cultural resources management in the California and Great Basin regions
  • Familiarity with documents approved by the California Office of Historic Preservation (CA OHP), including the DPR 523 forms, California Historical Resources Information System Information Center Procedural Manual, Archaeological Resource Management Reports (ARMR), and the 1995 Manual titled Instructions for Recording Historical Resources
  • Familiarity with National Register Criteria for evaluating cultural resources
  • Experience using a GPS unit, Trimble Juno or equivalent, running ArcPad software
  • Experience with ArcMap 10.2 GIS software preferred, including uploading and downloading data, map making and Geodatabase data entry
  • Experience with reading and navigating using a USGS topographic maps of various scales
  • General computer skills; including use of Google based email, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience with digital photography and basic photo editing

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. **This posting is subject to close/change 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 position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC BLM Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or


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