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

The American Conservation Experience (ACE), a national Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Palm Springs South Coast Field Office is seeking one Vegetation Management team member to dedicate a minimum of 4 months to work in support of the Palm Springs South Coast Field Office.

For more information about ACE, please visit:

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: 16 weeks after start date

*a 16-week minimum commitment is required*

Location: Riverside, California or San Diego, California

BLM California's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office (PSSCFO) manages a complex variety of public lands: about 3.6 million acres. 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. 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).

For more information about the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, please visit California Desert District Office.

Living Allowance: The member will receive a living allowance of $700/week to offset the cost of housing, food, and incidental expenses.

Housing: Housing is NOT provided by the BLM. Members will be responsible for securing their own housing during the term.

Position Description: The BLM PSSCFO is currently working on a number of vegetation management projects. The member will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Conduct, monitor, and record various vegetation projects including invasive species management
  • Monitor in-progress vegetation management/treatment for impacts to special status species (e.g., Quino checkerspot butterfly, Stephens' kangaroo rat, coastal California gnatcatcher)
  • Conduct and/or participate in post-treatment surveys for special status species
  • Collecting Geographic Information System (GIS) data and mapping treatment areas, monitoring plots, and special status species observations using Global Positioning Systems (GPSs), ArcGIS Collector, Field Maps, and other similar products
  • Occasional 12+ hours field days (in the field and travel)



  • 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
  • Comfortable working/hiking in a remote backcountry environment
  • 2 years of college/work experience but additional time preferred


  • Strong background and interest in Recreation, Public Lands, and Federal Policy
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
  • Familiarity with coastal and Riversidian sage scrub, chaparral, and southern California "grassland" environments
  • Vegetation management and monitoring experience
  • 4WD experience

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 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

Note: 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.

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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