EPIC & CORPS
Summary:American Conservation Experience -Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seekingONE Realty Internat Ironwood Forest National Monument to dedicate 3-6 months to directly assist the BLM and ACE with project work to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug smuggling and activities associated with the US-Mexico border, as well as assisting BLM Realty Specialists.
This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the conservation of natural and cultural resources. Applicants must have a strong interest in a career in recreation and restoration in regards to natural resource management and leadership.
End Date:Dependent on start date
* A 3-6 month commitment is required *
Compensation:The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $480/week. Housing is NOT provided.
Location:Tucson Field Office, Tucson AZ, with work throughout the Ironwood Forest National Monument
Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM) is paradoxically rugged and undeveloped while being located next to the second-largest populated city in Arizona. IFNM consists of over 128,000 acres of Sonoran Desert including ironwood trees, saguaro cactus, rugged mountain peaks, iconic views, and historic and archaeological objects. It is home to the endangered Nichol Turks Head Cactus and Lesser Long-nosed Bat. There are no developed facilities on IFNM.
The Tucson Field Office also includes the Las Cienegas and San Pedro Riparian Natural Conservation Areas, 4 designated wildernesses, the Middle Gila Canyons Special Recreation Area (managed OHV routes), and urban lands. This internship is a great opportunity to sample wide diversity in ecosystems, recreational opportunities, values and management.
Tucson is a large, diverse city with a packed year round arts and cultural events calendar, blossoming culinary and nightlife scenes, plus 350 days of sunshine per year.
To learn more about Ironwood Forest National Monument, please visit:http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/natmon/ironwood.html. To learn more about ACE, please visit:www.usaconservation.org
Public Land Corps (PLC) Competitive Hiring Authority:This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Interns who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs.Requirements are: (1) Intern must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Intern must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request.
Position Description:Besides assisting with Border Restoration fieldwork approximately 50% of the time (fence repair, trash pick-up, trail closures, etc.), approximately 35% of their time would be assisting Realty Specialists in performing a variety of technical and procedural duties associated with lands and realty casework as well as phases relating to the land adjudicative process pertaining to road, pipeline, and transmission Right-of-Way applications, permits, leases and grants. The Intern will assist with field exams for casework processing and preparation of environmental analysis and documentation for various land cases.
Work will include but is not limited to:
- Processing Right of Way applications, renewals, amendments and assignments
- Land classification in support of land leases, permits, patents, renewals, and/or assignment
- Researching BLM and other land records to determine land ownership, investigating types of ownership, rights, encumbrances, restrictions, and other land status for case processing or public inquiries
- Assisting with the development of NEPA planning documents, preparing correspondence letters, and completing field examinations
The intern will be part of the Non-Renewable Resources team (Realty, Minerals, Cultural, Recreation, and Wilderness) and would be mainly responsible for supporting the field office’s Lands and Realty program, however they will have the option of assisting with field biology projects, recreation projects, and/or range field work should opportunities arise and should the applicant be interested in participating; these will be limited opportunities as the position will be primarily Realty focused.
Participant should possess a passion for public land management and a professional interest in advancing their career towards Realty, Realty policy and law, or public lands management.Participant must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.
Qualifications:Applicants should have a degree and/or a combination of education and experience relating to natural resources and recreation management, or other related disciplines. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the above position description. We are seeking a self-motivated, responsible person who is eager to learn, and looking for experience working in conservation and natural resource management while working with a diverse group of people.
- Members must be US citizen or possess a green card
- Since this position requires driving, applicants must be 21+.
- Availability to work forty hours per week, both in an office setting and in the field.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writingto provide responses to questions, and to prepare documents for project applicants, the public, and to establish effective working relationships with coworkers.
- Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision.
- Ability to utilize computer data, computer systems and computer applications to collect, enter, manipulate, update and maintain data according to prescribed Bureau and program standards, and ensure data quality and integrity by adherence to quality control standards and procedures.
- General clerical skills; greeting public, answering phones, computer use, filing, etc.
- Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts.
- Applicants are expected to be highly motivated and, on occasion, be able to perform assigned duties with little direct supervision.
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
- Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record.
- Ability to use GIS as well as knowledge and experience with using GPS devices.
EOE: 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.
To Apply:Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with contact information for 3 professional references using theAPPLY NOWsection located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our websitehere:https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
NOTE:Early consideration will be given as applications are received.This posting may close at any time.If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC Member Coordinator, Erin Mounce, at [email protected]
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