American Conservation Experience - EPIC
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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), Hassayampa Field Office (HFO), is seeking one intern to dedicate 6 months to the research, management, education and restoration of the area's diverse and significant natural resources.  This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in public land management.

Start Date: September 30, 2013

End Date: March 30, 2014


A 6-month commitment is required. 


Location: The BLM Hassayampa field office manages public lands located between central and northeastern Arizona. The filed office is located in Phoenix, AZ but work will be conducted throughout the HFO range.


Project Partner Website: For more information about the BLM Hassayampa field office please visit their website at:




Compensation:  Intern will receive a $370/week living stipend paid bi-weekly. Housing will not be provided but intern will receive $600/month housing stipend (or $150 weekly housing) also paid bi-weekly. 2-weeks paid leave will be allocated to the intern at the discretion of the direct BLM supervisor.


Project Background and Objectives: The Hassayampa field office manages approximately one million acres for public lands north and west of Phoenix, AZ including the Agua Fria National Monument. Habitat here varies from Sonoran scrub to broad expanses of grasslands. Lush desert riparian habitats, mountains and deep canyons add to the considerable habitat diversity in this area.  Some wildlife species found here include Mule deer, Antelope, Javelina, Gambel quail, Harris's hawk, Zone-tailed hawk, Golden eagle, Long-fin dace, Desert sucker, Lowland leopard frog and Sonoran mud turtle. Gila chub, Desert pupfish and Gila topminnow are species listed under the ESA. The objective of this internship is to provide meaningful experiences for youth while also providing a benefit to public land resources and users. Interns will gain job skills related to the management of public lands by working with land managers primarily on research, education and habitat restoration projects. Participants will be instilled with an appreciation of natural resources, the benefits of cooperation, hard work and a sense of accomplishment with emphasis on a sound work ethic that will supplement their other educational opportunities.


Position Description: The ACE intern will assist wildlife biologists and other BLM resource specialists in accomplishing a variety of tasks such as surveys, monitoring, maintenance, data entry, habitat protection, restoration along with other duties associated with public land stewardship. About 25% of the time will be spent working with high school students on the River Pathways Project. This project brings riparian ecology and management into the classrooms and students out on to BLM lands for some hands-on experience in riparian monitoring, restoration and wildlife surveys. The intern will help lead high school students in the field and serve as a mentor and role model encouraging the youth to enter the field of natural resources.

 Interns will organize and coordinate field work within BLM and partner organizations, and will prioritize overall duties as established by the supervisor. Work is predominately a field position. The climate is generally arid. Temperatures frequently exceed 90 degrees during the summer months, and drop below 10 degrees in the winter months.  Protective footgear may be required as protection from rattlesnake bites. The ACE interns may be required to work in remote areas of the field office. This includes driving manual four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and spending all day walking and working in rough, muddy, uneven terrain. Extensive bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting up to 50 pounds is required. Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week. Interns must be willing to work varied schedules throughout the internship.


Applicants must have a degree in ecology, wildlife biology, wildlife management, natural resource 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
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; personal vehicle
  • Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences;
  • Able and willing to alone and in a group
  • Able and willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor
  • Experience in various field data collection methods using standard protocols
  • Personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check


Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience with GPS units and ArcGIS software
  • Knowledge of wildlife, riparian and rangeland management
  • Knowledge and/or experience in arid desert ecosystems
  • Knowledge and experience in the mission of the Bureau of Land Management and other federal land management agencies
  • Some experience with outdoor education and youth leadership
  • Experience in the various field data collection methods using standard protocol
  • Experience in backcountry hiking and navigation in steep terrain
  • Ability to work independently in remote areas
  • Experience driving four wheel drive vehicles over rugged roads
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional

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.

To Apply:


Please submit your resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW link below. Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the ACE EPIC Internship Program Manager, Hannah Wendel at  (801) 946-5379 or Please note that early consideration will be given as resumes are received.


This position has been closed and is no longer available.
American Conservation Experience - EPIC


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