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 MATHEMATICS & ENGINEERING INTERNSHIPS

ALASKA

Survey Technician or Aid, GS 0817

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Documenting the surveying of Klutina Lake Area
  • Gathering field survey information
  • Drafting corner descriptions for official field notes
  • Supporting the complex administrative needs of a survey crew.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: surveying, geomatics, and civil engineering
  • Valid state issued driver’s license required
  • Ability to utilize an automated system and entry of survey data to appropriate software.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Maintenance Mechanic

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Job duties associated with weed abatement, campground maintenance, recreation site maintenance and public contacts, range improvement installation and maintenance, equipment operation, water testing, condition assessments, electrical, painting, plumbing, fence repair, basic construction work, welding, masonry and cement work
  • Intern will work with the current resource personnel to maintain campgrounds (including potable drinking water systems, trash bins and clean bathrooms) and day use areas, install signs, maintain roads and trails and other BLM infrastructure. The intern would also coordinate closely with the Field Office’s Civil Engineer and be taught how to conduct annual condition assessments as prescribed by the Facility Asset Management database.
  • Intern would learn start-up and shutdown procedures for water supply systems
  • Serve as a field going contact representative, providing day-to-day public contact with many recreational users on public lands.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Vocational degree with working knowledge of woodworking techniques and basic shop mathematics
  • Valid state issued driver’s license required
  • A vocational or undergraduate degree and related job experience in maintenance or construction.

Location: Bakersfield, California

CALIFORNIA

NEVADA

Geologist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • A 2001 revision of the surface management regulations (governing operations conducted for the exploration of minerals subject to claim under the General Mining Law) has resulted in many notices (proposals that disturbed less than five acres) expiring. These were predominately proposals for exploratory drilling. These expired notice sites must be inspected, and any outstanding reclamation requirements must be verified and documented. Many will challenge participant’s skills in researching past activities in the area and accurately allocating disturbances to appropriate operators.
  • Perform those inspections, produce all pertinent documentation and may draft follow up correspondence to the operator of each expired notice.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Environmental, geologic or engineering
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.
  • Classes or experience in geology, geologic mapping, reclamation, environmental hazards, or hydrology.
  • Basic ArcGIS or mapping would be a plus.
  • Must be able to work in outdoor/rugged conditions, ability to hike to sites, and drive 4WD vehicles in often poor road conditions.

Location: Winnemucca, Nevada

Civil Engineer

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The Winnemucca district has not had an engineer for several years. When remodeling the GSA lease, cubicle spaces were not adequately reinstalled and WDO lost over 12 cubicle spaces. WDO needs an engineer to redesign cubicles to include potential electrical and communications drops that may be necessary to accommodate the additional cubicles.
  • We also need a statement of work put together with the design in order to potentially contract out the work.
  • Work with the state engineering group and potentially other district engineers.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Civil Engineering

Location: Winnemucca, Nevada

Land Surveyor-GS1373

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The intern(s) will become familiar with the steps of conducting cadastral/lands research and be able to apply knowledge learned from BLM and other federal and state information towards the completion of a cadastral survey.
  • Will be familiar with required field and office practices for completion of cadastral surveys, with the hope of finding a candidate for permanent placement to augment our field staff.
  • Intended outcome is to use a specific project to give the candidate a broad programmatic view by working through the various phases of its life cycle; from initial concept/request to final product

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Surveying/Geomatics (Forestry, Engineering or GIS degrees with surveying emphasis also acceptable
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school study or an associate degree.
    • Knowledge and experience of survey methods, techniques and procedures to complete survey assignments of substantial variety and complexity.
    • Ability to read maps and use GPS to record and determine locations.
    • Knowledge of computer capabilities to enter and retrieve data; produce reports; produce simple maps; and develop spreadsheets.
  • GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
    • Knowledge and experience of survey methods, techniques and procedures to complete survey assignments of substantial variety and complexity.
    • Knowledge of fundamental trigonometry and algebra sufficient to prepare field notes and check accuracy of survey.
    • Knowledge of the operation, adjustment and maintenance of surveying equipment and instruments (transits, theodolites, EDMs, Global Positioning Systems) to operate, take measurements and conduct training.

Location: Portland, Oregon

OREGON

Geologist, GS 1350

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Interns for the minerals program within the Vale District would provide needed
    support for active and abandoned minerals projects
  • Inspecting mine operations for compliance with relevant surface management laws and regulations is an important part of the BLM minerals program.
  • Interns will learn what to look for while conducting inspections, how to prepare for fieldwork at mine sites, and how to conduct production verification

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Geology and Mining Engineer
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Basic geology courses
  • GIS courses preferred

Location: Vale, Oregon

APPLICATION RE-OPENS FALL 2019

WASHINGTON, DC

Management Assistant/Management Analyst

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate process improvements for administration functions with the energy, minerals and realty management directorate.
  • Collect and draft policies in areas such as information technology, human resources, financial and performance, economic policy management, Freedom of Information Act, records, property, internal controls, and regulations.
  • It is expected that the intern will have a well-rounded understanding of the practical resources needed to manage administrative functions effectively and efficiently.
  • Goal 1: Update File Inventory Plan and restore file room accessibility.
  • Goal 2: Establish a working electronic library and database of manuals.
  • Goal 3: Develop/build relationship with members of the division encouraging adequate record keeping measures.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Two- or Four-year degree, preferably with a physical or computer science background which would require the candidate to have good organizational skills.
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Geologist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The project is to expand the Division of Solid Minerals Program capacity to support the State and Field Offices field operations. The project will provide an 11-week training program for one to two interns based out of WO-320. The interns will support the WO-320 staff on policy and technical matters for 7 to 8 weeks. They will then focus on performing the duties of an entry level Geologist and/or Mining Engineer (GS-1350/880) and work with Bureau Mineral Examiners on field work in support of valid existing rights determinations for not less than two weeks.
  • PHASE 1 (~1 month) Analyze inspection processes across all four Solid Mineral program areas, including Coal, Mining Law, Mineral Materials, and Non-Energy Leasables. Produce a report that compares inspection process, policy, procedures, and authorities for these programs, identifying similarities and differences. Draft analysis may include flow charts and matrices.
  • PHASE 2: (~1 month) Spend two to three weeks in the field, participating and assisting in inspection work for at least two of the four solid minerals programs. Intern will use field observations to collaborate findings identified during Phase 1. This phase will require travel to the Western United States and will potentially require long hours of field work in remote locations.
  • PHASE 3: (~1 month) Produce final report based on draft analysis (phase 1) and field work (phase 2) that compares the inspection process, policy and procedures across all four Solid Mineral program areas. Report must be prepared in final format as prescribed by Chief of Solid Minerals or other assigned supervisor. Intern will prepare briefing paper and formally present findings during the Divisional meeting or equivalent.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Geology, Mining Engineering
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license

Location: Washington, D.C.

Geospatial Information System Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Update IHS contracted datasets on ArcGIS OnLine (AGOL) upon receiving monthly deliveries.
  • Write scripts to build visual reports using contractor layers.
  • Build web mapping applications to support data collection using AGOL.
  • Provide support for geospatial technology and perform GIS duties such as developing data needed for mapping layers, improving capabilities for mapping these layers, and making the systems used to map these layers more efficient and effective.
  • Gather and refine data for use in mapping layers, will map these layers using new data and existing data layers for a more effective and efficient process.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Geography, Information Technology, Data Management, Geospatial Management, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, etc.
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license

Location: Washington, D.C.

Management Assistant/Management Analyst

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate process improvements for administration functions with the energy, minerals and realty management directorate.
  • Collect and draft policies in areas such as information technology, human resources, financial and performance, economic policy management, Freedom of Information Act, records, property, internal controls, and regulations.
  • It is expected that the intern will have a well-rounded understanding of the practical resources needed to manage administrative functions effectively and efficiently.
  • Goal 1: Update File Inventory Plan and restore file room accessibility.
  • Goal 2: Establish a working electronic library and database of manuals.
  • Goal 3: Develop/build relationship with members of the division encouraging adequate record keeping measures.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Two- or Four-year degree, preferably with a physical or computer science background which would require the candidate to have good organizational skills.
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Web Manager/Web Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The BLM’s website was recently updated and a lot of information was removed or moved. The WO-300 uses the website to disseminate crucial information to the public on policies, projects and program status.
  • Perform web design, development, and maintenance to update the website.
  • Manage the energy, minerals and realty management web content, pages and links with the overall goal of building a better and more efficient and effective website.
  • Service WO-300 with process improvements, currency of data, and improved customer service.
  • It is expected that the intern will familiarize themselves with the BLM web style guidelines.
  • Ensure current web links are not broken and are directed to the correct content.
  • Correct formatting errors and will use web design tools and experience to enhance the visual aesthetic of the website.
  • Add data requested in draft format.
  • Work with the records department to identify content that should be added to the website and make certain it is properly added and referenced.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Information Technology, Graphics Design, Web Management, Public Affairs, Data Management, Computer Science, etc.
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license

Location: Washington, D.C.

Petroleum Engineer Intern

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Fluid Minerals Division Petroleum Engineers,Fluid Minerals Program Lead and the Fluid Minerals Deputy and Division Chief to updateannual strategies for data integrity and oversight.
  • The interns will complete assigned duties designed to provide them with experience in all aspects of the Fluid Mineral Division including: the operational database system, analysis of and critical thinking towards reports, and provide recommendations of potential areas of improvement to senior staff.
  • Work with the field office staff to validate the data, determine trends, concerns, program vulnerabilities, and identify best practices.
  • May travel to the field for up to two weeks to enhance their understanding of field operations, assist field staff with daily operations, and validate report results from AFMSS. The Washington Office will evaluate the success of the interns based on their qualitative and quantitative ability to perform the duties of an entry level Petroleum Engineer.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: BE, Petroleum or Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.

Location: Washington, D.C.

WYOMING

Cartographic Technician

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The Bureau of Land Management cannot implement legally defensible policy on the ground without clearly defined locatable federal boundaries. Typical examples are resolving trespass, leasing and managing permits. For this reason, this project directly correlates to 4 identified career field families.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Geology, Geography, Cartography, Surveying, Civil Engineering - but no specific degree is required.
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Must be able to hike in flat to moderately steep to steep terrain
  • Must be able to read and analyze historical data to develop logical search areas in the field
  • Must be able to generate and manage digital data
  • Familiarity with the public land survey system (PLSS), GIS, orienteering and surveying are desirable but not required

Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming

APPLICATION RE-OPENS FALL 2019