Eastern States Field Office
Location: Washington D.C
Start Date: June 3, 2018
End Date: August 18, 2018
Related Degrees: Geography, or related physical or social science such as Geology, Meteorology, Economics, Statistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History, Cartography, Computer Science, Urban Studies, or Planning.
Position Description: The Bureau of Land Management’s multiple-use mission is a powerful tool for unlocking development of modern energy infrastructure and supporting job growth in energy industry. Most BLM managed minerals lie beneath lands described by the Public Land Survey System in the West. The lands in the East that predated the PLSS require more complex land status research and are described using a metes-and-bounds survey method. BLM Eastern States requires data to be standardized and collected using GIS to map existing and terminated leases to more efficiently manage mineral development in the East, including minerals within the Marcellus, Devonian, Utica, and Conasauga shales. These are some of the most challenging areas to perform land status research but are some of the most valuable shale plays in the country. Through this project, BLM will adopt a standardized approach to handling the data and managing the minerals in non-PLSS states to more effectively support sustained growth in energy industry.