American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) UT State Office, is seeking a Recreation Site Design Individal Placement. This opportunity is intended for an enthusiastic, organized young professional with a well-developed working background in landscape architecture, land or environmental planning, ArcGIS, or similar field.  The Landscape Architect/GIS Fellow should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards landscape architecture, land or environmental planning, GIS, and/or natural resource management. 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah State Office, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is providing an opportunity for college students or recent college graduates with education and training in landscape architecture or environmental planning to provide recreation site design support. The assigned work will be in support of the BLM's vision to provide safe and accessible facilities that are sustainable, attractive, functional, cost-effective, and responsive to place and setting. 

Start Date:  November 2019

End Date: Up to 43 weeks from start date 

Location:  BLM Utah State Office, Salt Lake City, UT. 

Project Partner Websites:  For more information regarding BLM's Visual Resource Management Program visit: 

Compensation: $550/wk. Housing not provided. 

Position Description: The BLM Utah State Office is providing and internship opportunity for upper-level college students and recent college graduates to gain hands-on experience in the field of recreation site design and planning to help ensure that BLM facilities are attractive, functional and sustainable. The successful candidate(s) would provide recreation site design support to each Field Office and the State Office as needed. The qualified individual will utilize detailed site inventories, site analysis, and geotechnical reports to develop design concepts and preliminary drawings under the guidance of BLM staff.  They would also provide support for the visual resource management program by assisting with contrast ratings and visual inventory efforts statewide. Those participating in this program will have the opportunity to learn about BLM land-management challenges and responsibilities, review the history of the agency and its design heritage, and walk through each step of the site design process, from land use planning to construction and maintenance. Through these experiences, the selected candidate will gain experience in public land management, further their understanding and appreciation of the planning and design process, and pique their interest in landscape architecture careers with public land management agencies.

Training Provided: A majority of the training made available to the Fellow will be done on the job by working alongside seasoned BLM staff.  The project will present an opportunity for young professionals, including recent graduates, to gain tangible skills in visual resource management and general public land management, ArcGIS, as well as gaining a national perspective of public land conservation efforts.  ACE and the BLM are committed to providing the most educational, rewarding, and challenging experience possible to best prepare interns for future careers in the stewardship of America's public lands. 

Qualifications:  Applicants for ACE's Landscape Architecture/GIS Fellowship should be resourceful individuals with education in landscape architecture, environmental or land planning, GIS, or related fields, and experience working with ArcGIS software, geo-spacial databases, graphic design software, digital imagery manipulation, have worked with ArcGIS software.  Knowledge of other computer software used to create digital and print publications, databases, and spreadsheets is also critical.  The ACE Landscape Architecture/GIS Fellow must be willing and able to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. 


  • Fellowship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only 
  • Fellows must be 18-35
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with a solid understanding of database structure and development
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with BLM resource professionals
  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record
  • A strong educational and personal interest in landscape architecture, GIS, and public lands
  • Interest in public land management, and specifically, public lands that have been designated for conservation
  • Must commit to a standard workweek schedule in a sedentary office environment
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • English proficiency is imperative
  • The selected candidate is required to pass a federal criminal background check prior to beginning employment


  • Upper level course work toward a degree, or a degree, in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, GIS, or other related fields.  A graduate degree is same field a plus
  • Effective communication skills with diverse audiences
  • Ability to work alone or in a group
  • Highly competent with ArcGIS
  • An understanding how ArcGIS interfaces with other databases is strongly desired
  • Knowledge and skills in using database software
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills

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. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE BLM Member Manager, Erin Mounce at

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