American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • 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 Recreation Team Member to dedicate a minimum of 24 weeks to work in support of the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office. 

Start Date: Nov 2020

End Date: 24 weeks from official 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. This office serves a diverse public: home to more than 22 million people and host to millions of annual visitors. 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: encompassing 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 California Desert District Office 

For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:

Living Allowance: 

The member should anticipate serving 40 hrs/wk and will receive a living allowance of $700/wk for food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly. 


Accommodations will not be provided by the BLM or ACE. The Member is responsible to find their own housing.

Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority:

ACE Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Qualifying Members are those 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 Members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30.

Position Description: 

The BLM PSSCFO is currently working on a number of projects with the California OHV commission's Grant program to help monitor, sign, and maintain routes in the limited use areas of the field office. The PSSCFO outdoor recreation planner, in coordination with the field office resources staff, needs to identify areas with route maintenance needs in support of OHV planning activities and projects. The Member will be mentored to perform the full range of aid type duties and a variety of technical duties in support of recreation programs. The Member may serve as a crewmember and occasionally crew lead for specific projects.

Performs the following or duties of similar complexity:

  • Performs on-the- ground inventories of routes of travel and maintenance needs, analyzes the data and reports the findings for soil monitoring reports; determines factors such as type of maintenance needed for restoration. Performs on-the- ground surveys of route inventories, and prepares reports and makes recommendations to management on the findings.
  • Conducts compliance checks on campgrounds and evaluates effectiveness of kiosk signing messaging. Keeps kiosks updated with current information. Interacts with campground visitors to develop best management practices for visitor information.
  • Plans, aids in designing, and lays out projects for recreation site improvement.
  • Enters and retrieves data from automated databases.
  • To perform duties of this position requires the use of motor vehicles. In most cases this will be a 4-wheel drive vehicle or ATV.

Projects Goals: 

The overall goals of this placement is to identify trails and restoration projects throughout the Desert. The Recreation Member will assist in inventories for both authorized and unauthorized trails. Develop, design and implement restoration and signage efforts to curb impacts from illegal OHV incursions. Collaborate with partners to facilitate resource education and protection. Address trails issues as they occur.  Increase the BLM's presence at our long-term visitor areas (LTVA) by interacting with campground hosts and the camping public. The ACE Member is based out of the Palm Springs Field Office. The Member will gain experience assisting The Outdoor Recreation Planner with duties between the field and the office. The Member must be willing to perform 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. The Member will facilitate many aspects of recreation resource management including data collection, monitoring, and reporting. Duties will be divided between field inventory; recordation, monitoring, evaluation, project documentation, research, and plan development. The Member will conduct compliance checks on campgrounds and evaluate effectiveness of kiosk signing messaging. Keep kiosks updated with current information. Interact with campground visitors to develop best management practices for visitor information.

Training Provided:

The BLM will provide on the job training opportunities ex. Radio protocol, 4x4 Driving, and desert/ field safety.


Applicants will hold (or be pursuing) a bachelor's degree in a natural resource field, and have experience with desert plant and/or wildlife identification or the ability and willingness to learn desert plant and/or wildlife identification, either in the field or through coursework. This is a demanding outdoor job that requires substantial physical fitness and mobility, participation in the field, and a tolerance for extreme weather and demanding conditions.

Position responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

ACE Requirements: 

  • Members must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts.
  • Members must be 18-30 (Applicants between 31 and 35 may be considered based on veteran status)
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • ACE is a drug free workplace and reserves the right to drug test at any time
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation; (Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process. (Members must be 21+ to drive ACE/Agency vehicles)
    • Ability to drive an [Agency or ACE] vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and the member must be cleared by ACE to drive. 

Additional BLM Requirements:

  • Use of a personal vehicle is highly suggested. Personal vehicle's will not be used for work related purposes. 
  • Experience/Background in recreation, and have a deep interest in public land management and respect for nature
  • Must be willing and able to perform the above fieldwork and project duties as listed above
  • Comfortable 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 
  • Familiarity with California Desert environments a plus, or comfortable with hot, arid desert conditions
  • Applicants are expected to be HIGHLY motivated and on occasion, be able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision
  • Ability to collect GPS data to be moved into GIS and data management reports
  • Strong background and interest in Public Lands and Federal Policy
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • English proficiency

*The member must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.

To Apply: 

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:


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 Member Manager, Celia Demers at or 385-226-1260.


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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