American Conservation Experience (ACE)
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  • Phoenix, AZ, USA

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Phoenix District Office (PDO), is seeking one intern to dedicate 52 weeks to expansion of natural resource course and degree offerings in the Phoenix area high schools and colleges and support long-term growth of the youth awareness effort This includes working across agencies, collaborating with local Workforce Investment Act boards, and engaging foundations and other local governments to build the financial basis for sustainable youth engagement. The youth coordinator will coordinate the day-to-day tasks for student interns and volunteers while working with the various resource specialists in the Phoenix district.


Start Date: February 25, 2013
End Date: February 24, 2014


A 52-week commitment is required.


Location: Office: 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Field sites throughout BLM administered lands in the Phoenix District.


Project Partner Website: For more information about the BLM Phoenix District Office please visit their website at: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html


Compensation: $1600 per month or $400 per week ($250/week living allowance + $150/week housing allowance) will be provided. A 900 hour ($2775) AmeriCorps Education award MAY be available for this position. 2-weeks paid personal time off will be allocated to the intern at the discretion of the direct BLM supervisor. Total annual compensation not to exceed $20,800 + any potential AmeriCorps Education Award.


Project Background and Objectives: The mission of the Department of Interior (DOI) includes protecting America's natural and heritage resources, honoring different cultural and tribal communities, and supplying the energy to power our future. To accomplish these mission goals, the department developed a strategic plan (2011-2016) that reflects the priorities of President Obama and Secretary Salazar for a 21st Century Interior. Secretary Salazar initiated the program, Youth in the Great Outdoors, to be a key component of building the 21st Century workforce at the DOI. To implement the DOI strategy, BLM Arizona presents one of the nation's most innovative and successful examples of Youth in the Great Outdoors program. The Phoenix District Youth Initiative provides opportunities that begin in high schools providing environmental education that is supplemented with employment and vocational certifications, and opportunities to acquire tangible field skills and encourage lifelong stewardship of public lands. This initiative creates partnerships with other federal, tribal and state agencies, publicly funded workforce investment programs, conservation corps, and non-governmental organizations that provide employment or internship opportunities with mentors who help urban youth find their career pathways. Through these partnerships, the BLM's natural resource conservation mission is brought to life by educating, engaging, and employing youth from all backgrounds in exploring, connecting with, and preserving America's natural and cultural heritage.


Position Description: The youth coordinator position will be the focal point for the Phoenix District Youth Initiative program. The youth coordinator will be a mentor to each student and bridge the gap between employees and supervisors. He or she will also continue outreach efforts to additional schools and partner institutions. Additionally, the youth coordinator will work to expand natural resource course and degree offerings in area high schools and colleges, support long-term growth of the youth effort, including working across agencies, collaborating with local Workforce Investment Act boards, and engaging foundations and other local governments to build the financial basis for sustained youth engagement.


The youth coordinator will be involved in identifying and coordinating the day-to-day work tasks and field projects for the student interns and youth programs, working with the various resource specialists in the Phoenix district. Current specific youth programs include River Pathways, Phoenix Youth Fire and Resource Crew, Field School, and Tribal Youth Internships. The youth coordinator will also be integral in the coordination of the Veterans Program, Semester of Success. A brief description of each program is included below, but more information can be found on the BLM website:
1. River Pathways program: A partnership with Audubon Arizona that brings riparian ecology and management into the classroom and brings high school students out to BLM lands to get hands-on experience in riparian monitoring, wildlife surveys, and restoration activities.
2. Phoenix Youth Fire and Resource Crew program: Partners with Franklin High School to train and recruit high school student to work as seasonal fire fighters and assist in other field work. Field School is a 16-week conservation and field certification training program for urban youth ages 18-21, providing the opportunities and means to gain hands-on work experience, while earning college credit, in natural resources through a variety of classroom trainings and field-based conservation projects and certification.
3. Tribal Youth Internship Program: Partners with Native American tribes to recruit interns from tribal communities to work for the Phoenix district in a variety of tasks.
4. The Veterans & Semester of Success programs operate in partnership with Phoenix College and are structured similar to the youth Program. The youth coordinator will be responsible for aiding in the design and coordination of these programs and he or she would help lead students from these programs in the field and act as a mentor and role model as we encourage youth and veterans to consider entering the field of natural resource management.


Qualifications:
Applicants must have a degree in environmental education, natural resource management, ecology, wildlife biology, wildlife management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement. We are looking for determined, strong and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.
Required Skills:
• Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only
• Intern must be between the age of 18 and 25 or 22 to 29 and have recently completed a relevant masters program
• Experience with outdoor education and youth leadership
• Ability to relate well with youth in the field and serve as leader, mentor and role model
• Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences; ability to work alone or in a group
• Field work experience and direct supervision of youth are requisite skills
• Ability to hike long distances over rough terrain for 8-10 hours per day
• Ability to work independently to carry out tasks to completion
• Competency at operating a 4-wheel drive vehicle on rugged roads
• Ability to navigate with topo maps, compass and GPS
• A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle
• Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE
• Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
Desired Qualifications
• Knowledge of BLM and associated federal mandates that dictate resource management on public lands
• Experience using GPS units and some knowledge of ArcGIS software desirable
• Experience with outdoor education and youth leadership
• Experience in the various field data collection methods using standard protocol
• Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation on steep terrain
• Ability to work independently in remote areas
• Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
• Masters degree in education, resource management, interpretation, ecology, or a teaching credential

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the ACE EPIC Program Manager at 801 946 5379.




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