BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Summer 2019 internships with the United States Department of the Interior's BLM are now closed for Summer 2019.

BLM HUMANITIES INTERNSHIPS

ALASKA

Fisheries Biologist/Hydrologist/Physical Scientist Internship

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Navigable Waters Specialist by: -
    • Researching water bodies for evidence of navigability through review of historical records
    • Remote field work by air or by boats
    • Data input
    • Writing reports
  • May include investigating raft design differences at the time of Alaska's statehood versus modern designs or identify boats used for commerce by region statewide at the time of statehood
  • Likely include critical review of historical navigability documents to populate existing data base and/or create maps to be included in reports.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Geology, hydrology, geography, history, law, archeology, environmental studies, outdoor studies
  • General knowledge of automated data systems
  • Ability to perform data entry and other digital processing
  • Ability to meet and communicate effectively with people of various cultures and backgrounds
  • Skill in written communication, including accurate application of grammar, format, and citations.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining administrative records, including data management.
  • Requires extensive periods of sitting, concentration, long hours of research, reading, analyzing various forms of data.
  • Requires occasional travel to other sites, including libraries and archives, with possible travel to rural and urban locations may involve the risks or discomforts associated with travel to remote locations in Alaska.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Navigable Waters Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Senior Navigable Waters Specialist by: researching water bodies for evidence of navigability through review of historical records
  • Remote field work by air or by boats, data input, and writing reports.
  • Special research assignment could include investigating raft design differences

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Geology, hydrology, geography, history, law, archeology, environmental studies, outdoor studies
  • General knowledge of automated data systems
  • Ability to perform data entry and other digital processing
  • Ability to meet and communicate effectively with people of various cultures and backgrounds
  • Skill in written communication, including accurate application of grammar, format, and citations
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining administrative records, including data management
  • Requires extensive periods of sitting, concentration, long hours of research, reading, analyzing various forms of data
  • Requires occasional travel to other sites, including libraries and archives, with possible travel to rural and urban locations may involve the risks or discomforts associated with travel to remote locations in Alaska.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

CALIFORNIA

Realty Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Planning and conducting lands and realty existing rights/uses inventory
  • Locating and assisting with recording of existing land uses
  • Title Document Review (easements, deeds, grants, right-of-ways)
  • Case file research/review, field inventory, Recordation, project documentation,
  • GIS data collection and management

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Pre-law, business, real estate, history, economics
  • The intern will be responsible for conducting background research (locate title records), developing a system to efficiently investigate/identify/locate (GPS points) the existing lands rights/uses in the field).

Location: Marina, California

APPLICATION RE-OPENS FALL 2019

NEVADA

Realty Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with the history of each ROW casefile, from receipt of the application through the issuance of the grant.
  • Conduct site and compliance inspections of the project/s.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Real Estate, Land Law, Property Management, Operations Management, Business
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Knowledge of- and skill in operating an electronic typewriter, a personal computer, and related equipment, such as printers, copiers and fax machines
  • Knowledge of software package functions and features to review and format letters or other documents

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Public Affairs Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Establish visual information products and processes in support of BLM-ES communications to internal and external audiences.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Communication; Journalism; Multimedia; or military-equivalent school -- Defense Information School
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Must have Designed layout and production of printed material, as well as for the design and display of such visual materials as photographs, illustrations, diagrams, graphs, objects, models, presentations, charts, and exhibits.

Location: Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC

Management and Program Analyst

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The BLM’s National Branch of Digital Media, based in Washington, DC is a dynamic, hard-working creative team dedicated to engaging the public on social media platforms and the web.
  • The DHA intern will offer a fresh perspective to the team’s projects and goals, contribute to the BLM’s national blog, recruit content from internal and external audiences
  • Assist the team with developing social media campaigns, contributing to coordinating on campaigns with partners and the Department of the Interior.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Communications, Graphic Design, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Public Policy
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • 2 years of college
  • Passion for public lands and natural resources
  • Writing experience
  • Interest in communicatingwith the public on social media

Location: Washington, D.C.

Realty Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Perform a field visit (field office) that will intern to observe and participate in authorization, interact with applicants, conduct and learn how to develop rights-of-way, permits, Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) actions and sales authorizations, perform compliance examination to ensure compliance with terms and conditions.
  • Work on obtaining, translating, describing, and understanding the various faucets of legal land description and land status. This can be achieved by the use of learning how to write, format, terms, and phases that state the intent of the legal description that ensures the boundary of public lands.
  • Prepare, collect, evaluate, and consolidate land use data.
  • Response to inquiries regarding laws, regulations, and agency policies and procedural guidelines for administering the lands program.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: General and/or Environmental Studies
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.
  • Show that they can perform difficult and complex research apply knowledge learned and skills developed to demonstrate that you did work similar in terms of realty case work (such as rights-of-way, temporary use permits, exchanges, public sales, recreation and public purposes leases, but not limited to. To qualify the experience would have been on public lands or similar environment.
  • One year of graduate education that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to accomplish the duties performed as a Realty Specialist.
  • Meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) as defined by OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); and/or a combination of experience.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Park Ranger Historian

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is seeking a capable, self-reliant and detail-oriented intern to compose an unprecedented research collection of documents, maps, photographs, reminiscences, historic newspaper accounts, and contemporary interviews relevant to a significant battle of the Plains Indian Wars from July 1865.
  • The collection that results from the intern’s work as outlined below will serve internal and external researchers, land managers, and interpreters for decades to come, and is vitally important to an imminent Environmental Assessment of the battle site, which - by consensus of all researchers since the 1920s - is the burial site of nineteen United States Army cavalrymen that died in the fighting. Physical location of their common grave is a high priority in the EA process.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: History, Archaeology, archives management
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.
  • Ideal minimum work experience includes research into the history of the Western United States in the mid-nineteenth century; (knowledge of the Plains Indian Wars and Army operations in the West during the Civil War is desirable but not mandatory). Research should ideally have resulted in the intern writing an academic paper interpreting particular historic period events, explaining the results of the research and the significance of the events.
  • Additional minimum work experience should include specific and recurring duties in organizing and maintaining documentary reference files, including printed and digital media and photographs.
  • Qualifying experience should demonstrate an ability to work effectively with varied cultural resource managers.
  • Work experience and academic competencies should have included ongoing historic research and consultation, using various academic archives, and drawing on personal interaction with subject matter experts as well as professional archivists and librarians. Education competencies should include studies in American history and the interpretation of findings to the public.

Location: Casper, Wyoming

WYOMING

APPLICATION RE-OPENS FALL 2019