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

ACE: Natural Resource Interpretation Team Members - Carrizo Plain National Monument - AmeriCorps Eligible

Summary: The American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, Utah in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Bakersfield Office is seeking Two (2) Natural Resource Interpretation Team Members for the Carrizo Plain National Monument (CPNM) in the Central California Coast Range. The members will dedicate 33 weeks assisting the Carrizo Plain Goodwin Education Center Coordinator with outreach programs within the Monument and throughout surrounding communities.

For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please visit www.usaconservation.org.

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: 33 weeks after the start date

*a 33-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: Carrizo Plain National Monument

The 250,000-acre monument is located in the Central California Coast range, in the eastern portion of San Luis Obispo County, and is managed by the BLM Bakersfield Field Office. Applicants should be aware that Carrizo Plain National Monument is a remote location with the nearest town about 50 miles away. It is located in an extremely rural part of California and is located over an hour from the nearest airport in Bakersfield, CA. The nearest shopping is in Taft, CA, about 30-40 minutes from the main Visitor Center.

For more information about the Carrizo Plain National Monument, please visit Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Living Allowance: The member will receive a living allowance of $300/week to offset the costs of food and incidentals, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is provided by BLM within the Monument, at the value of $240/month, at no cost to members. Facilities are brand new and remote. Please note: housing is in a remote area. Limited cell service, but Wifi included in all facilities. The nearest town for resources is over an hour from the Monument.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1200 hour AmeriCorps Education Award of $4366.50 upon successful completion of position and service hours. Additional enrollment in AmeriCorps is required.

Scheduling: The member should anticipate serving ~40 hrs/wk (Thursday - Sunday).

Position Description: This position is ideal for an enthusiastic, adaptable, and resourceful young professional interested in a career in public land management. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated interest and/or education in natural and/or cultural resource management, though all qualified applicants will receive careful consideration. Please note: this is in a remote area.

This position is multi-faceted, adaptable, and geared at providing the public education outreach and interpretation of the Monument's natural and cultural resources. Duties performed for this internship will typically take place within the Monument and will support all management activities, primarily education and interpretation, but may also include ecological and cultural restoration, monitoring of the local flora/fauna, as well as recreational facility maintenance.

The ACE Intern will serve the Bureau's missions by enthusiastically working to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with public tours, special events, and community and educational outreach programs
  • Assist the Education Center Coordinator in outreach programs
  • Conduct public contacts while checking on recreation areas around the monument
  • Assist in maintaining the Education Center's exhibits, both inside and out
  • Assist with the publication of the handouts/brochures.
  • Give scheduled tours to the visiting public and special user groups throughout the season
  • Assist with general interpretation and visitor support with Monument guests at the Education Center
  • General cleanup and maintenance of the visitor displays and interpretive signs
  • Additional tasks as identified during the course of the internship.

Opportunities may exist for the person to help out on other projects, such as, ongoing research activities in the area. Monitoring activities also provide opportunities for the individual to gain experience in different fields if they are inclined to do so. This is not a requirement; these are additional tasks that can provide invaluable experiences.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Ability to and willing to work outdoors, in varying weather conditions, participating in physical labor

Preferred:

  • Undergraduate degree in natural resource management, recreation & park management, historical archaeology, restoration ecology, biological sciences, environmental policy, or other related fields
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome
  • Knowledge & skills in the principles of education and interpretation
  • Experience working in an environmental or cultural education setting
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources
  • Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is strongly desired
  • Knowledge of, or familiarity with, the local area is also helpful

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/. Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC BLM Member Manager, Elyse Cogburn at ecogburn@usaconservation.org.

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, the American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


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