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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs South Coast Field Office is seeking One Lands and Realty Specialist Intern to dedicate a minimum of 18 weeks (to work in support of the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office. Intern will be supporting in a variety of projects including supporting with land exchange cases files and reporting. This opportunity is ideal for a candidate looking to support with report writing, compliance support, and federal land management. 

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: 18 week from start date

Location: Palm Springs. California

BLM California's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office ("PSSCFO") manages a complex variety of public lands: about 3.6 million acres, including 1.7 million surface (more than the State of Delaware) and 1.9 million subsurface. The office serves a diverse public: home to more than 22 million people and host to millions of annual visits. The PSSCFO stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River and from the international border with Mexico to where the mountains meet the Mojave Desert: an area larger than the State of Maryland.  Renewable energy, recreation, and conservation drive PSSCFO's multiple-use and sustained-yield programming. The office carries out the BLM mission by way of strong partnerships, including the most annual volunteer hours of any BLM California field office. PSSCFO's workload includes multiple utility-scale solar and wind projects, an ever-expanding number of visitors and varieties of ways to experience and enjoy America's public lands, and year-round operations to protect lives, property, and resources through robust and integrated fire and law enforcement programs.  The office manages fourteen Wilderness areas, fourteen Areas of Critical Environmental Concern ("ACECs"), all or part of four National Monuments (Sand to Snow, Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains, California Coastal, and Mojave Trails), and three National Scenic and Historic Trails (the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail, and the historic Juan Bautista de Anza and Old Spanish trails).  

Project Website:  For more information about the BLM Palm Springs South Coast Field Office, please visit more information regarding American Conservation Experience: 

Compensation: $800/wk. Living Stipend provided for food and incidentals. Housing is not provided by ACE or the BLM. Intern's schedule will be generally 40/hrs. a week, but is flexible and based on the needs of the BLM. 

Position Description: The intern will assist the Realty Specialists in a variety of tasks: Prepares documents such as rights-of-ways (ROW), land use permits, and leases including stipulations and maps. Assists in the preparation of environmental documents on all types of complexities of realty casework. Conducts on-site compliance inspections for all types of realty actions and activities to ensure compliance with ROW terms and conditions. Responsible for customer and public contacts relative to the processing of land actions. Responsible for the coordination of assigned realty action work with other agencies and governments. This internship will also provide clerical assistance to a variety of other programs for a comprehensive interactive learning experience. The Palm Springs Field Office is currently working on a number of renewable energy and Communication Site projects within the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation area and South Coast Resource Area. These projects require record review, compliance inspections, trespass investigations, billings, record keeping, along with drafting correspondences and coordination with interdisciplinary team members.

The BLM PSSCFO is currently working on a number of projects. In order to meet the field office's requirements of the Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA), the Palm Springs realty intern will have a variety of actions associated with a variety of projects. These projects often are the result of land use authorization requests.

Projects Goals: The overall goals of this internship is to assist the Lands program with the various land type actions. The realty intern will assist in case file management as well as processing, with oversight. The BLM receives dozens of daily calls about ROW issues, permits and we work on a variety of NEPA actions to ensure a quick response to requests for Realty Actions. The internships provides us an opportunity to react quickly and interact professionally with our local communities. The Palm Springs Field Office is focused on goals and team building to enhance our response time to requests from the local community. In addition, the interns learn about customer service, federal laws and regulations in the pursuit of a career with the government or with other organizations. 

Occasional site visits will be conducted to ensure that a project is feasible along with compliance reviews of previously authorized actions. Intern will assist the realty specialist with drafting the appropriate environmental documents necessary to ensure management has a wide scope of analysis to make an informed decision.

The intern will assist throughout the California Desert District and be based out of the Palm Springs Field Office. The intern will gain experience assisting with duties between the field and the office. The intern must be willing to perform occasional physical labor while being exposed to summer heat and winter rains, desert wildlife and plants, remote project areas, and other potential hazards commensurate with land management activities. 

QualificationsThis opportunity will require time outdoors and field work that is often under somewhat rigorous physical conditions.  Applicants must also meet the following criteria: 1). Pass a DOI security background check 2). Valid Driver's License 3). Pass Defensive Driving Course.


  • 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;
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork and project duties as listed above
  • Applicants are expected to be HIGHLY motivated and on occasion, be able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision
  • Strong background or interest in Land Management and Federal Policy
  • Comfort hiking cross country in a rugged environment one day and spending the next at a computer
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • Detail orientated with an interest in federal land management actions along with a respect for nature.


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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