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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, is seeking Two (2) Restoration Individual Placements, Wilderness and Non-Wilderness, to dedicate 47 weeks in assisting BLM Ridgecrest Field Office of the California Desert in restoration, natural resources management, and conservation.

State Date: November 1, 2021 (Flexible for the right candidate)

End Date: September 30, 2022 (Flexible for the right candidate)

Location: Ridgecrest, CA


Project Background and Objectives: The BLM Ridgecrest Field Office has stewardship responsibility from the southern edge of Death Valley National Park, to the western edge of China Lake Naval Weapons Center, to sections of San Bernardino County in the south. The field office oversees roughly 17 million acres of Public Land, with the highest and lowest points within the continental U.S. a short drive from the office. The field office is located within Ridgecrest, CA. For more information on the BLM Ridgecrest field office please visit their websites at: http://www.blm.gov. For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

The BLM Ridgecrest Field Office has stewardship responsibility from the southern edge of Death Valley National Park, to the western edge of China Lake Naval Weapons Center, to sections of San Bernardino County in the south. The field office oversees roughly 17 million acres of Public Land, with the highest and lowest points within the continental U.S. a short drive from the office. The field office is located within Ridgecrest, CA.


Compensation: A living allowance of $535/week, which is intended to cover housing, food, and incidentals. Housing is NOT provided.


Public Land Corps Special Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a special hiring authority upon completion of their internship. 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 members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 30, or 35 for veterans. For more information please visit: https://elips.doi.gov/ELIPS/0/doc/4536/Electronic.aspx


Position Description and Objectives: This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in Natural Resource Management, Recreation, Forestry, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the public sector outdoor recreation profession.

The ACE Restoration Members will maintain close interaction with the BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner and Wilderness Coordinator in developing the workload for the incoming restoration crews.

Most of the work performed by the members will consist of:

  • Route Restoration
  • Collecting data on survival of species used in restoration
  • Collecting data for the new restoration crews coming in
  • Monitoring effectiveness of restoration using GPS
  • Identifying restoration techniques
  • Conducting fieldwork
  • Maintaining the GIS database
  • Organizing the outreach events and training
  • Assisting with other resource-related projects, as assigned.

In addition, the members will complete inventories, prioritize and coordinate work with staff, and initiate NEPA as needed. Members will be responsible for coordinating and completing projects on the ground. The emphasis would be placed on preserving and enhancing recreational opportunities by curbing problems before they become unmanageable and subject possibly to new restrictions and closures.

Work is performed in an outdoor environment that ranges from very cold and wet to very hot and dry. This work may require physical exertion over very steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; and also may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities.

The ACE member will be mentored by a professional resource specialist. Most work will be done under the close supervision of the Outdoor Recreation Planner and Wilderness Coordinator but the work may be carried out independently with little supervision. The member will work mostly from specific instructions, with work reviewed for accuracy and completeness upon completion of assignments.


Qualifications: Applicants must have previous experience and at minimum a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management, Recreation Management, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of education and experience courses equivalent to a major may be considered.

Required: Must have a high fitness level and an interest in backcountry foot travel.

  • Available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
  • Between the ages of 21 and 35.
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; a Driving Record check will be completed during the onboarding process. (Members must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles).
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.
  • Interest and/or experience in Restoration and Wilderness Restoration, Natural Resource Management, etc.
  • Members must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with the public.
  • Ability to hike long distances and work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals.
  • Ability to safely operate a 4X4 vehicle in rugged terrain.

Preferred

  • Experience with interpreting USGS topographic maps of various scales and using GPS units and ability to apply GIS and related technology.
  • Experience in resources management and restoration, preferably in California, Great Basin, and/or the Mojave Desert.
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use planning process and land management programs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies.
  • Familiar with the NEPA process.
  • Plant identification (fieldwork may require the collection of threatened and endangered plant species).
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in ArcGIS and GPS use, specifically Trimble Juno or Geo Series units with ArcPad and/or TerraSync Software.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome.
  • Strong writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of California's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments are desired, especially in the California Desert.

COVID: ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.


**Posting is subject to change/cancelation at any point**

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/.

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 Member Manager, Elyse Cogburn at ecogburn@usaconservation.org

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