BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Summer 2019 internships with the United States Department of the Interior's BLM are now open until March 8, 2019!

BLM NATURAL SCIENCES INTERNSHIPS

ALASKA

Biological Technician  

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Specific to wildlife water catchment inventory, monitoring, and maintenance.
  • Project works collaboratively with state and private personnel to identify current and future needs of YFO wildlife water catchments. Specifically, it would also include a site-specific multi- agency NEPA to redevelop one wildlife catchment and assist with water right acquisition.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Biology, Natural Resources, Wildlife, Environmental Sciences
  • Validstate issued driver’s license required

Location: Yuma, Alaska

Natural Resource Specialist, GS 0401

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Intern will serve as a project manager,helping students collect data and analyze results

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Earth Science, Environmental Studies, Biology, Ecology, human dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Valid state issued driver’s license required
  • Some GIS skills
  • Data collection

Location: Moreno Valley, California

CALIFORNIA

Outdoor Recreation Planner, GS 0023

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist in consolidating two decades of disorganized wilderness restoration data into a single functioning enterprise database

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Biology Sciences, Environmental Science, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Wilderness, Outdoor Recreation
  • Valid state issued driver’s license required
  • Experience with GIS, programing (Python), and research skills required
  • Nearing completion of a minor or certificate should suffice for both GIS and programing (Python) experience, both will be needed
  • Understand research principles, experience following protocols

Location: Moreno Valley, California

Park Ranger

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The Ord Mountain (OM)/Newberry Rodman (NR) effectiveness-monitoring project consists of intense survey of previous restoration, signing, route maintenance, fencing, and management activities in these two sub-regions of the West Mojave Plan area (WEMO).

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Natural science, recreation, planning
  • This internship requires experience working in harsh desert environments while collecting field data, doing route/trail restoration, and operating basic hand tools. The intern should be working on a general resources program in order to have a broad understanding of the various issues and challenges.

Location: Barstow, California

Natural Resource Specialist, GS 0401

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Intern will serve as a project manager,helping students collect data and analyze results

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Earth Science, Environmental Studies, Biology, Ecology, human dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Valid state issued driver’s license required
  • Some GIS skills
  • Data collection

Location: Moreno Valley, California

COLORADO

Natural Resource Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • The Junction Butte WWA and Gore Canyon Ranch are acquired properties along the Colorado River, providing important wildlife, water fowl, and amphibian habitat and recreational opportunities.
  • Manage the irrigation water to optimize resource benefits, while coordinating with nearby landowners and state water right officials.
  • Develop a management plan for Gore Canyon Ranch and update the plan for the Junction Butte area to reflect the Upper Colorado River SRMA's resource objectives in the 2015 RMP.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Botany, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, Biology, and Ecology
  • Individual must be comfortable driving dirt and gravel roads, working independently, and able to read maps. Experience in doing field monitoring of species occurrence/use and recording of observations essential. Intern should have a working knowledge of ArcGIS and a familiarity with GPS units is helpful.

Location: Kremmling, Colorado

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NEVADA

Ecologist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • In order to ensure sound, reasoned land management decision making, bureau policy objectives and mandates require the use of quantitative ecological monitoring data for our Rangeland Health assessments and NEPA processes. This office recently hired a temporary biological science technician to assist in determining data needs, provide analysis and formulate conclusions to be used in our science-based decision-making objective. Our objective is focused on utilizing the Carson City District Offices’ Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) quantitative dataset that had not been incorporated in the decision-making process until recently. A standardized approach to apply these data on a localized level.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Bachelors in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Rangeland Ecology/Science
  • Knowledge and experience in conducting the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) protocol/program

Location: Carson City, Nevada

Resource Field Technician - Intern

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the daily work load within the Carlsbad Field Office as a Range Management Specialist (RMS)
  • Intern would work alongside a seasoned employee to teach them the roles and functions of a RMS
  • Intern would be taught the beginning processes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how to properly write Environmental Assessments (EA’s), Decisions of NEPA Adequacy (DNA’s) and or Categorical exclusions (CX’s)
  • Would also learn about working within an interdisciplinary team environment, consisting of other Range Management Specialists, Natural Resource Specialists, Biologists, Archaeologists, Hydrologists, Cave and Karst Specialists, and NEPA Planners. This interdisciplinary team would help to teach the intern about natural resources and the need for protecting resources for future generations.
  • Intern will participate in various field work to assist in the grazing management and watershed improvement on 260 grazing allotments within the Carlsbad Field Office area.
  • Include coordinating with members of the interdisciplinary team for clearances and other professional stipulations and make logical and appropriate recommendations to the decision maker

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Wildlife Biology; Range Science; Natural Sciences (e.g., Geosciences, Biological Sciences), Agricultural Degree; GIS; Natural Resources
  • Have a good understanding of biological, range management and natural resources that would be good in working in a team environment

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

NEW MEXICO

Natural Resource Specialist

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the daily work load within the Carlsbad Field Office as a Range Management Specialist (RMS)
  • Intern would work alongside a seasoned employee to teach them the roles and functions of a RMS
  • Intern would be taught the beginning processes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how to properly write Environmental Assessments (EA’s), Decisions of NEPA Adequacy (DNA’s) and or Categorical exclusions (CX’s)
  • Would also learn about working within an interdisciplinary team environment, consisting of other Range Management Specialists, Natural Resource Specialists, Biologists, Archaeologists, Hydrologists, Cave and Karst Specialists, and NEPA Planners. This interdisciplinary team would help to teach the intern about natural resources and the need for protecting resources for future generations.
  • Help coordinate and lead on ground inspections of proposed surface disturbing activities associated with oil and gas development and/or other land uses. This includes well pad locations, roads, pipelines and other activities needed to produce oil and gas
  • Help conduct field inspections of oil and gas operations and/or surface use authorization for the purpose of determining companies with applicable laws and regulations, lease terms, onshore oil and gas orders
  • Communicate a daily basis with a variety of individuals to resolve land use conflicts between proposed land uses and other resource mandates.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Business, Real Estate, Natural Resources; Range Science; Natural Sciences (e.g., Geosciences, Biological Sciences), Agricultural Degree; GIS.
  • Have a good understanding of biological and natural resources that would be good in working in a team environment

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Cave Technician

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Over the course of the 11-week internship, you’ll gain valuable hands-on training and experience in the development and implementation of best management practices, NEPA compliance, and program management from the perspective of cave and karst resource management
  • Responsibilities vary based on experience and interest, but could include surveying caves, conducting resource inventories, photo monitoring, bat counts, ridge walking, and cave database management. If you’re more of a people person you could help out with energy permitting, assist with the recreational cave program, and participating/organizing educational public outreach events under the guidance of the CFO resource staff.
  • Learn how resource managers within a multi-use federal agency manage their resources in concert with oil & gas exploration and development
  • Leave with a deeper understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and how it is implemented in the CFO
  • Gain hands on experience working within an interdisciplinary team environment, consisting of Natural Resource Specialists, Biologists, Archaeologists, Range Management Specialists, Hydrologists, and Cave/Karst Specialists from the CFO

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Bachelor or Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Environmental Science; Natural Resources; Physical Sciences (e.g., Geosciences, Biological Sciences)
  • Be a team player with extensive experience working with ArcGIS (or similar program), conducting cave surveys (including digital cartography), and performing surface and in-cave resource inventories
  • Strong background in cave geology and/or karst hydrology is preferred, but not required

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico

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; Baker City, Oregon

OREGON

WASHINGTON, DC

Natural Resource Scientist, Biological, Physical Science

Description/Responsibilities:

  • NEPA: Review of NEPA documents Land Use Plan (LUP) amendments and other potentially controversial analysis and decision or protest and litigation documents, so the intern will gain a basic understanding of how we make land use planning decisions. Review of oil and gas development EIS to understand how cumulative effects are analyzed and disclosed to the public.
  • I&E:Surface Inspection and Enforcement (I & E) certification course support.
  • Policy (Re-) Issuance: Split Estate Handbook Gold Book, and Wildlife Instruction Memorandum (IM), etc.
  • Geospatial and Data Management: Assistance designing a geospatial permit review tool, assist with the Disturbance Reclamation Tracking Tool, design a reclamation monitoring tool, possible assistance with AFMSS II (Automated Fluid Mineral System)
  • Government Accountability Audit (GAO) - Mitigation: assist with implementation of recommendations
  • Question from Representatives: Write responses to QFRs
  • Reclamation:Reclamation Standards and Monitoring Database
  • Greater Sage Grouse: Evaluate effectiveness of LUP Implementation and tracking
  • Reports:Possible review of AFMSS records for idle wells, plugged and abandoned (P&A) wells, Final Abandonment Notices (FAN), reclamation criteria, and high priority inspections, etc.
  • National Leads Workshop: Assist with coordinating the scheduling of this event

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: Natural Resource Scientist, Biologist, Environmental Scientist, Physical Scientist, Geographic Information System
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license

Location: Washington, D.C.

WYOMING

Surface Compliance Technician

Description/Responsibilities:

  • Complete surface compliance inspections for realty fluid mineral actions. Both realty and fluid mineral staffs at the Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) utilize the summer months to complete surface compliance inspections in the field. With the many authorizations in the FO, existing vacancies and limited field season it is difficult to complete inspections.
  • For the fluid minerals staff more follow-up inspections are needed to adequately address whether items identified in initial inspections have been complete appropriately.
  • For realty staff similar issues exist but also the number of authorizations needing compliance inspections is large. A DHA intern dedicated to follow-up fluids surface inspections and addressing the large number of realty inspections.

Eligibility:

  • Preferred majors: No degree necessary; any science-related degree would be useful. Examples include biological science, natural science.
  • Must have a valid state-issued driver’s license.
  • Preference is for an individual who can work independently in the field with minimal supervision after the initial training period.
  • The individual must feel comfortable driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved, dirt roads.
  • Able to navigate using a GPS, topographical maps, compass, etc.
  • Computer literacy.

Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming

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