American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Individual Placement

Summary: American Conservation Experience Emerging Professionals in Conservation (ACE - EPIC), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking one Natural Resource Member to dedicate 52 weeks to directly assist the BLM and ACE with project work to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug smuggling and activities associated with the US-Mexico border.

Start Date: August/September, 2020

End Date: 52 weeks from start *A 52-week commitment is required*

Location: All areas within the Tucson Field Office area of responsibility that lie within a distance of 100 miles from the US-Mexico border, to include the Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM), Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA), and San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA).

Project Website:

To learn more about the designated Monument and National Conservation areas (NCA) please visit:

To learn more about ACE, please visit: 

Living Allowance: The ACE member will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $600/week for housing, food, and incidentals.

Housing: Accommodations will not be provided by the BLM or ACE. Members are responsible to find their own housing.

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their position. Qualifying members 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 candidates must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30. 

Position Description: Member will lead and implement, in coordination with BLM personnel, project work to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug- and migrant-smuggling within multiple locations of the Tucson Field Office. On-the-ground project work primarily consists of patrolling for, documenting and addressing trash and resource damage, rehabilitation of unauthorized roads and tracks, sign installation, and fence repair. Secondary projects implement Land Use Plans through herbicide treatment of invasive non-native grass, installation of information portals, gates, vehicle barriers or cattle guards. Member will work with TFO Recreation Program staff to ensure proper and timely coordination of role-related activities and assist ACE crew and their lead in accomplishing these projects during specific two-week intervals throughout the winter and spring. Member will work with agency partners and their volunteers to ensure site-specific projects have the necessary tools and meet agency safety protocol, that volunteer paperwork is completed, and hours and accomplishments are documented and reported. Member will support and assist with coordination of Arizona Game and Fish Department's border trash cleanups contact and will enter associated data into Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's database.

This position includes close coordination with law enforcement rangers and other BLM personnel, as safety is highly emphasized when conducting project work in areas with active immigration and smuggling concerns. As such the member will be responsible for assessing work situations for general safety and risk mitigation and for developing project-related Risk Management Worksheets that include COVID-related safety measures.  Member is responsible for overseeing project-related the BLM tools and supplies inventory, documenting conditions before and after projects (written descriptions, GPS coordinates, and photographs), maintaining a database of identified projects, managing workload to get assigned and agreed upon projects completed, and producing a written report of annual accomplishments.

This position is approximately 30% office work, 70% field work. Drive time from the BLM office/vehicle staging area to the various project locations is about 1 hour, with up to 2 additional hours of driving to reach project sites. Field work requires working together with at least one other person, navigation with GPS and topographic maps, traveling on primitive, narrow 4x4 roads.

Opportunities for cross training exist in a variety of disciplines within the Bureau of Land Management Tucson Field Office, as well as partnering with other agencies such as the National Park Service or Arizona Game and Fish Department. Candidate is expected to work with TFO Program Officer and Assistant Field Manager to identify a project that will be completed within the 52 weeks of service; project should benefit both the office and the individual.

Member will receive training in 4-wheel-drive/ATV/UTV driving and monthly reconciliation paperwork requirements, hydraulic tools, public contacts, fence repair, field data collection methods (recreation, wildlife, wilderness and/or range), buffelgrass identification, basic ArcGIS map production, mandatory safety training, and Wilderness First Aid (should funds be available and classes available). Candidate will receive training and testing for an Arizona certified pesticide applicator's license. Additional training available in NEPA compliance, Wilderness management, and many other topics as time permits. 

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree and/or a combination of education and experience relating to natural resources and recreation management, or other related disciplines.  Resume must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the above position description. We are seeking a mature, pro-active, motivated and responsible individual who is looking for experience working in conservation and natural resource management.

ACE Required:

  • 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. (Members must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.

Required for Position:

  • Hiking is required for this position. Members should be physically fit and able to carry up to 50 pounds while hiking at least one mile.
  • Basic skills with computers, including word processing and spreadsheets, are required for this position.
  • The ability to build and sustain effective working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions is required for this position.
  • The ability to work during flexible hours (early in the warmer months and later in the cooler ones), on a variety of projects related to a multitude of natural resource specialties, and follow established protocols and policies is required for this position.
  • Member must be comfortable working in remote outdoor locations under challenging conditions, primarily extreme temperatures. 
  • Member should be familiar with navigation by map and compass, as well as by GPS.
  • Member must be available to work on weekends, with potential for regular weekend work.
  • Member must wear the provided ACE uniform on a regular basis.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and contacts for three professional and/or academic references to the online application located on the upper right hand of the ACE web site job description.

**PLEASE NOTE: This position may close at any time**

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact ACE EPIC BLM Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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