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ACE EPIC BLM AZ: Recreation Internship
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Summary: American Conservation Experience -Emerging Professional Internship Corps (ACE), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking TWO Recreation Interns at 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 Recreation 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.

Start Date: ASAP

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: You will work together with one or more other interns and/or BLM personnel to mitigate the environmental and visual impacts of illegal drug- and migrant-smuggling on Ironwood Forest National Monument (IFNM) and other lands within the Tucson Field Office. Project work primarily includes patrolling for, documenting and addressing trash and resource damage, including rehabilitation of unauthorized roads and tracks, sign installation, and fence repair. Secondary projects implement land use plans through closure and rehabilitation of roads, herbicide application on invasive non-native grass, creation of information portals, fence maintenance and installation of signs, gates and/or cattle guards. You will also coordinate with volunteer and/or youth intern crews in accomplishing these types of projects, with opportunities to learn to independently manage small projects. Other duties may be assigned in support of border restoration and resource protection work. Accurate and detailed documentation is an important duty.

You will receive training in 4-wheel-drive/UTV driving, operating hydraulic tools, public contacts, field data collection methods, invasive plant identification, and field safety training.


* Performs trail maintenance with brushing, tree trimming, tread work, and sign maintenance with hand tools.
* Provides support to assist with special recreation permit administration. Includes data entry, organizing case files, and occasional site visits with BLM staff.
* Provides support to assist with sign inventories. Includes data entry and site visits as needed. Monitor fence boundaries on Monument and NCA units. Conduct repairs when needed from BLM staff.
* Supports BLM staff with fencing construction projects, as needed.
* Assists BLM staff with sign maintenance and sign construction.
* Assists BLM staff with rehabilitation of wildcat routes on the Monument and NCA units.
* Assist with visitor use reporting. Includes gathering traffic counters, reporting visitor sightings during project work or site visits, and inputting data.
* Assists with field compliance inspections, entering/searching/manipulating data in online applications, managing records, communicating with external proponents, learning and applying relevant policy and regulations
* Supports wilderness program monitoring. Includes site visits and reporting.
* Assists volunteer program with planning and implementation of volunteer appreciation event held annually.
* Participates with partnership-led volunteer work events.

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.


* Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
* Interns must be over the age of 21
* A federal background investigation is required for this position
* A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles); Driving is required for this position.
* 4x4 Driving training will be provided.
* Experience with the use of hand tools and powertools, including brushcutters, weed-eaters, fencing tools, trail tools, and use of standard office equipment.
* Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
* Hike over rough terrain and camp overnight under field conditions.
* Prepare and maintain records and reports.
* Skill in field activities such as trail maintenance, fencing, and riparian restoration.
* Ability in following written and verbal instructions.
* Ability to use Microsoft Office programs for data entry.
* Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
* Interns must be comfortable working remote outdoor locations under challenging conditions, primarily extreme temperatures
* Interns should be familiar with navigation by map and compass, as well as by GPS.

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 the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right-hand corner of the position listing on our website here: 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 emounce@usaconservation.org

About American Conservation Experience

American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental service opportunities that harness the idealism and energy of a volunteer labor force to help restore America’s public lands. ACE is grounded in the philosophy that cooperative labor on meaningful conservation projects fosters cross-cultural understanding and operates on the belief that challenging volunteer service unites people of all backgrounds in common cause.