American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Susanville, CA, USA
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Northern California District Office is seeking Two Wild Horse and Burro Support Members to dedicate 14 weeks to work in assisting the Wild Horse and Burro Specialist with Northern California (Nor Cal) District's Wild Horse and Burro program, which covers almost 1.5 million acres of spectacular free roaming equine habitat.

Start Date: Mid April 2021

End Date: 14 weeks after start date

*A 14 week commitment is required*

Location: Based out of Susanville, CA (Members will also support the Applegate Field Office in Alturas, CA)

Living Allowance:  The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $425/week for food, housing, and incidentals. 

AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Award ($1,612.43) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Project Website:  For more information about the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, please visit: . For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:

Position Description: This opportunity will be focused on inventory and monitoring of wild horse and burro habitat. Additionally, members will participate in wild horse and burro education and outreach events. This project would be especially appropriate for applicants with an interest in wild, free roaming equines and natural resource management. This project will provide opportunities to enhance basic career skills such as organization, writing, detail, and communication, and field skills including locating and documenting wild equine use, use of GPS equipment and maps, field note methods, habitat study metrics, and basic ecological research. Previous experience with any or all of these skills would significantly enhance the student experience.

Fieldwork includes following BLM AIM (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring) protocols to monitoring upland landscapes. Office/lab duties will largely consist of data entry, photo classification, and development of wild horse and burro education materials.

Fieldwork experience will be conducted in rugged and remote Herd Management Areas in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada. Herd Management Areas may be accessed by high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, UTVs, or hiking. Assistance in the development of a wild equine education program is key, with the goal of obtaining appreciation and protection of balanced natural resource management within the Herd Management Areas.

The ACE members will work primarily out of the Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, California with some time spent in the Applegate Field Office, Surprise Field Station in Cedarville, California (government housing available). The project will be coordinated primarily by the NorCal District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist. Fieldwork will be done in a remote backcountry setting and requires strenuous exertion. Weather and terrain conditions may be extreme (e.g. heat, cold, thunderstorms, steep, rocky canyons, limited communications).

Members may be provided with basic camping gear from ACE. More information on those items will be provided closer to start.

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

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of or significant progress toward an undergraduate degree in botany, biology, ecology, rangeland ecology, natural resources, or other related discipline appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the position description.  We are looking for determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.


  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. 
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation 
  • Proven ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • Must be 21-35 years of age (This position's age limitations are a requirement of the Public Land Corps Act. Additionally, members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to drive an Agency vehicle is required for this position. ACE will conduct a driving record check upon on-boarding and member must be cleared by ACE to drive.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Willing to undergo and must pass a federal criminal background check 


  • Previous terrestrial AIM (Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring) experience
  • 4x4 Driving experience (preferred experience in dirt/rough terrain, back county/remote roads, etc.)
  • Familiarity with native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resources issues
  • Ability to collect GPS data to be moved into GIS and data management reports
  • Strong background and interest in Public Land Management and Federal Policy
  • Comfortable interacting with the public including providing information, engaging at public meetings/events, and while in the field.
  • Comfortable navigating and working in remote areas, with little to no service at times
  • Comfortable hiking cross country in a rugged environment one day and spending the next at a computer
  • Comfortable with adverse weather of all types
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature
  • Familiarity with California environments a plus
  • English proficiency

Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.


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 Member Manager, Erin Mounce, at

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