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DHA Realty Specialists

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management is seeking Realty Specialists - Direct Hire Authority Interns interested in dedicating at least 11 weeks in support of BLM. This internship opportunity is intended to provide individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds professional experience and exposure to public service and lands management. These internships are only available to current students continuing enrollment beyond this summer.

A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) internship is perhaps the most effective tool currently available to agencies seeking to expedite the hiring of qualified people in positions that must be filled quickly. It is a competitive and rigorous project based internship. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and ACE EPIC are looking to engage the next generation of conservation stewards. The program will raise awareness of our public lands, their accessibility, and the need for the community's involvement in their preservation.

Please apply ASAP! The deadline for applications is March 10th.

For more information about BLM DHA internships, please visit

**Please note: Direct Hire Authority must be utilized within two years of graduation. I.E. If you are due to graduate in May 2022, then you must utilize your DHA before May 2024, even though the internship ends September 2021.

Start Date: June

End Date: August

Duration: 11 weeks

Compensation: $600-$700/wk. Compensation is dependent on education level (Undergraduate/Graduate). Relocation funds are available to those who qualify.

Positions and Locations:

Durango, CO

Resurvey of BLM lands in areas where private lands border BLM lands has resulted in unauthorized occupancy of several residential areas. Resolving unauthorized occupancy is a rigorous and time consuming project that requires a lot a research and communication with private land owners, and local governmental offices.

Richfield, UT

The Richfield Field Office is excited to offer an intern the opportunity to help us resolve and renew our large backlog of 87 lands and realty authorizations. Most involve rights-of-way and fit into two of the listed career fields necessary to the effective management of public lands and resources. They are, Business Management and Administration as well as Public Policy/Administration and Management.

This intense and rigorous project is long overdue and would offer the right individual an excellent chance to hone their skills and demonstrate their strong work ethic to our agency.

The project will be very structured with well-established policies and procedures that lay out a clear path for individual success and management assessment. The selectee must demonstrate a high degree of personal responsibility and complete most renewals independently.

The deliverables for the project are clearly defined and will provide the selectee with a great deal of personal accomplishment. It is estimated that the cost recovery and rental fees associated with the renewals would total well over $2,000,000. To complete the renewals the selectee will have to follow a demanding schedule that will help them develop critical thinking and project management skills. The goal of this project is threefold. First, to give the right person the chance to develop both personally and professionally in their career. Second, to clear the large backlog of renewals from the lands and realty program workload and third to collect the vast amount of revenue that is due the American taxpayer and which will benefit our agency.

The project coordinator will ensure that any and all Covid-19 federal building, equipment, and field work protocols are adhered too. The intern will have the ability and any necessary equipment to telework when appropriate.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Must be a Currently Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree program. Recent graduates are not eligible for DHA positions.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check
  • 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.

Required Skills:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Ability to function independently and with a team
  • Strong work ethic
  • High level of professionalism
  • Passion for public lands
  • Understanding of BLM Multiple Use Policies

Selection Criteria: Please note that this specific program is intended as opportunities for those who identify as individuals from diverse and underrepresented communities. All applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria: relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. Selected candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.


To Apply:

Please submit your application using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

To be considered, we require ALL the items listed below. Applications will be reviewed as we receive them, so we recommend applying immediately.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Copy of unofficial transcripts
  4. Explicitly state which locations you want to be considered for.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the Program Manager, Josh Haussler, at 385-226-0080 or

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, 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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