Natural Resource Specialist

Yuma, AZYuma, AZ
Bishop, CABishop, CA
Ukiah, CAUkiah, CA
Kremmling, COKremmling, CO
Washington, D.C. (I)Washington, D.C. (I)
Washington, D.C. (II)Washington, D.C. (II)
Flotwood, MSFlotwood, MS
Reno, NV (I)Reno, NV (I)
Reno, NV (II)Reno, NV (II)
Carlsbad, NMCarlsbad, NM
Amarillo, TXAmarillo, TX
Washington D.C.Washington D.C.

Yuma Field Office

Natural Resource Specialist – Recreation
Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Natural Sciences, Recreation

Position Description: Fortuna Pond is identified as a Coordinated Management Area (CMA) in the Yuma Resource Management Plan and is managed cooperatively by the BLM Yuma Field Office, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Bureau of Reclamation-Yuma Area Office. A draft plan for the CMA currently provides management guidance. The plan needs to be updated and finalized to allow for fee collection in the CMA to cover costs for trash collection, installation of vault toilets, signage, and volunteer support. The DHA Project is to update the current draft plan so it will be ready to finalize.

The intern would have an opportunity to work in a team environment to interact with BLM and partner staff to gather and clarify information. Independent work will be needed to compile information and maps to update the draft and make it ready for review. There will be feedback from the project supervisor and BLM/partner specialists throughout the entire project as needed. permittees, and members of the Bishop Field Office public site stewardship program.

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Bishop Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Related degrees to field biology or natural resources management including biology, wildlife biology, botany, forestry, range management, fire ecology, environmental science, or similar field.

Specialized experience: The candidate should have field experience and be able to navigate and work in the field independently. Other examples of specialized experience that would be desired are work with external partners and cross cultural experience, experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and experience doing any kind of natural resources monitoring including wildlife, botany, watershed, fire effects or any related resource.

Position Description:  The proposed DHA intern would work on cooperative projects between the BLM Bishop Field Office and the Bishop Paiute Tribe in support of shared, conservation stewardship in areas of cultural significance with a focus on training and development of local tribal youth. Over the past several years, the Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest have partnered with the Bishop Paiute Tribe to support their Tribal Natural Resources Internship program for youth from 17 to 25 years old which provides an introduction and field experience in natural and cultural resource management. Each year the Bishop Paiute Tribe sponsors about 5 local tribal youth who receive training in natural and cultural resource management from the Tribe’s Environmental Department, BLM and Inyo National Forest staff, and other local partners including non-profits and other local state and federal agencies. The youth also participate in multiple projects on the reservation and BLM and National Forest administered public lands including monitoring and implementation of projects such as weed control, trail repair, watershed improvement, and wildlife habitat management.

The DHA intern will serve as the federal (BLM and Forest Service) program coordinator for the development and implementation of the 2018 Interagency Tribal Youth Natural Resources Internship program. The DHA intern will coordinate with the Tribe and specialists at the federal agencies to identify the overall program of work for the internship season. The DHA intern will then coordinate, facilitate, and lead natural and cultural resource management trainings and field projects for the Bishop Paiute Tribal Youth Natural Resources Crew. Some trainings and projects will be provided by resource professionals from the BLM and Forest Service. The DHA intern will also lead some trainings and projects independently depending on their level of experience and expertise. The DHA intern will do day-to-day program coordination and implementation of the Tribal internship involving scheduling personnel, compiling educational materials, gathering field supplies and tools, arranging transportation to field sites for project work, leading field crews, etc.

The DHA intern will also work on natural and cultural resource management in two areas of importance to the local Tribes. The Bishop Field Office and the Bishop Paiute Tribe currently have a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative management of the Volcanic Tableland area including Fish Slough, an ecologically and culturally unique wetland area. The DHA intern, with some assistance from the Tribal Youth Natural Resources Interns, will conduct regular monitoring in the area including wildlife observations and monitoring for impacts. The DHA intern will also coordinate a project in the Crater Mountain area in collaboration with both the Big Pine Paiute Tribe and the Bishop Tribal Youth Natural Resources Interns to monitor recreational activity in and around lava tubes on Crater Mountain that are used as bat habitat.

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Ukiah Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Biology, Ecology, Hydrology, Botany, Wildlife Biology, Soils, Range, Fisheries.

Position Description: The Ukiah Field Office will need 2 interns to lead an interdisciplinary identification team to re-visit and assess the condition of previously assessed riparian wetland areas within the recently designated, 331,000-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, which is jointly managed by both Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. The riparian assessments and intern recommendations will help determine riparian condition trends, prioritize restoration efforts, and help decision makers develop the resource management plan for the monument.

BLM will train the interns on the standardized, qualitative procedure at evaluating the health of riparian areas using: “A User Guide to Assessing Proper Functioning Condition and the Supporting Science for Lentic Areas TR 1737-16 1999.” The PFC assessment provides a consistent approach for assessing the physical functioning of riparian-wetland areas through consideration of hydrology, vegetation, and soil/landform attributes. The PFC assessment synthesizes information that is foundational to determining the overall health of a riparian-wetland area. The PFC assessment will provide information on whether a riparian-wetland area is physically functioning in a manner that will allow the maintenance or recovery of desired values (e.g., fish habitat, neotropical birds, or forage) over time. Interns will provide information that will help the BLM prioritize restoration activities. By concentrating on the “at-risk” systems, restoration activities can save many riparian-wetland areas from degrading to a non functioning condition. Once a system is nonfunctional, the effort, cost, and time required for recovery is dramatically increased. Restoration of nonfunctional systems should be reserved for those situations where the riparian-wetland has reached a point where recovery is possible, when efforts are not at the expense of “at-risk” systems, or when unique opportunities exist. At the same time, systems that are properly functioning are not the highest priorities for restoration. Management of these systems should be continued to maintain PFC and further recovery towards desired condition.

Each week, interns will plan site visits based on the most efficient logistics. Other BLM specialists, which can include wildlife biologist or a natural resource protection specialist, will occasionally join them at some sites to provide interdisciplinary input in their assessments. We prefer the pair of interns to have different educational background. For example, hydrology and botany.

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Kremmling Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Natural Resource Degree (Forestry, Wildlife/Fisheries, Recreation).

Position Description: The Intern would be responsible for water management at Kremmling Field Office managed wetland properties. These wetlands provide critical habitat for waterfowl, sensitive amphibian species, and a variety of big game animals. Due to ongoing water diversions to the Front Range, Middle Park along the Colorado River is rapidly losing critical irrigated hay meadows and agricultural lands, which formerly provided high value wildlife habitat. The Kremmling Field Office has acquired several historically irrigated parcels through land exchanges to preserve and enhance irrigated meadows for wildlife habitat.

The Intern’s duties would include managing the irrigation and wildlife habitat on four distinct properties. They would ensure optimum water application, coordinating with nearby landowners and state water right officials, to enhance each area’s habitat. They will create three management plans and update an existing plan, to help implement resource objectives contained in the Field Office’s 2015 Resource Management Plan. The Resource Management Plan specified that specific management plans would be developed to guide management in these areas. The Management Plans would assess current conditions at each site, and their overall potential to provide habitat for waterfowl, big game, migratory bird, amphibian, and/or sage grouse. The intern would work on identifying possible habitat improvement projects, infrastructural needs, and management actions to be included in the plans, while coordinating with other resource specialists and the public.

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Washington D.C.

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Natural Resource Scientist, Biology, Physical Science, Environmental Science, Geographic Information System

Position Description:

  1. 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.
  2. I&E: Surface Inspection and Enforcement (I & E) certification course support.
  3. Policy (Re-) Issuance: Split Estate Handbook Gold Book, and Wildlife Instruction Memorandum (IM), etc.
  4. 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)
  5. Government Accountability Audit (GAO) – Mitigation: assist with implementation of recommendations
  6. Question from Representatives: Write responses to QFRs
  7. Reclamation: Reclamation Standards and Monitoring Database
  8. Greater Sage Grouse: Evaluate effectiveness of LUP Implementation and tracking
  9. 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.
  10. National Leads Workshop: Assist with coordinating the scheduling of this event

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Eastern States State Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Biology, or related Fiel

Position Description: The intern would primarily work on providing environmental planning and biological sciences support to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern States State Office in Washington, D.C.. BLM Eastern States conducts a variety of project actions requiring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), such as mineral leasing and development actions, realty actions, and vegetation management. BLM Eastern States manages approximately 500 Federally-listed threatened and endangered species.

Specifically, the intern’s project work would include updating the Eastern States’ Federally- listed and Bureau Sensitive Species lists in support of current and future land use planning efforts. This work would include data collection, coordination with State and District biologists, and updating the tracking sheets. Additionally, the intern would support efforts to update some of the BLM Eastern States ePlanning project sites on the National NEPA Register, which serves as the public portal to provide information related to BLM’s environmental planning projects under the NEPA. For example, the public uses ePlanning to learn more about BLM projects and provide comments during the designated comment periods. The project work would include updates to existing project pages and creation of new project pages, in coordination with State and District Office staff. Other duties as assigned may include providing assistance on NEPA documents (primarily Environmental Assessments) for mineral leasing and land use planning efforts such as the Southeastern States Resource Management Plan (SE RMP), as well as other biological sciences projects related to wildlife, fisheries, or special status species

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Southeastern States State Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Physical Science, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Biology, or related field.

Position Description: The intern would primarily work on providing physical sciences and biological sciences support to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southeastern States District Office in Flowood, MS. BLM Southeastern States District Office conducts a variety of project actions requiring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), such as mineral leasing and development actions, realty actions, and vegetation management. BLM Southeastern States District Office manages a wide variety of valuable resources across 11 southeastern states.

The intern’s project work would consist of providing assistance to the minerals program on NEPA documents (primarily Environmental Assessments, Determinations of NEPA Adequacy, and Categorical Exclusions) for mineral development and assist in conducting high priority environmental compliance inspections for oil and gas development on producing, non-producing, abandoned, and reclaimed well sites. This project would include data collection, coordination with Petroleum Engineer Technicians, Planning and Environmental Specialists, District biologists, and updating oil and gas development project tracking sheets. The intern would assist as necessary on other biological sciences projects related to wildlife, fisheries, or special status species and land use planning efforts such as the Proposed Southeastern States Resource Management Plan (SERMP).

The goals of the projects discussed above are to complete all high priority environmental compliance inspections and to assist in the completion of NEPA environmental assessments and analysis for oil and gas development projects. The intern will learn the NEPA process as it pertains to a federal action, NEPA program elements necessary to conduct a comprehensive analysis, fluid and solid mineral resources mitigation and compliance actions, and environmental planning in BLM Southeastern States. Furthermore, the intern will obtain a better understanding of the interrelationship between the minerals and natural resources programs and utilize their project management, organizational skills, and analytic skills to contribute to these programs, as they are important components of the BLM mission.

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Nevada State Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: BS or MS – GIS, Geology, Natural Sciences, Physical Science

Position Description: The incumbent will be working with the Hazmat and Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program Leads with AML physical inventory. Nevada leads the west in number of AML challenges to remediate. The Nevada BLM AML program has three components: historic physical safety hazards, historic watershed/chemical contamination sites such as old mill sites or tailings impoundments, and contemporary, modern mines and mill sites which have been abandoned or become bankrupt. Fortunately, Nevada also has a nationally recognized collaboration, including state agencies, other federal entities, conservation groups, academic scientists, the Nevada Mining Association, individual mines and equipment dealers, tribal entities, and others who are making great and continuous progress in eliminating Nevada’s legacy of abandoned mine problems.

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Nevada State Office – 2 positions

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: BS or MS – GIS, Geology, Natural Sciences, Physical Science

Position Description: The incumbent will be working with the Locatable & Saleable Minerals Program Leads with notice and plan of operation level inventory and enforcement issues. Nevada leads the west with the number of mining plans and notices; the challenge is to track and insure compliance with these operations by coordinating with the Districts and field staff. The Nevada BLM Solid minerals program has multiple components; these include locatable, saleable and leasable minerals. Coordination with other Federal and State agencies is essential for scheduling and attending meetings, then conveying this information to the Districts to insure that we are all implementing the regulations and policy in a uniform manner, and tracking Districts’ progress on notice and plan level projects, and related NEPA in LR2000. Developing a clear understanding of the regulations that apply to Mining and how and when to apply them in decision-making and enforcement actions. Budgetary duties, tracking expenses and labor for the programs to insure a balanced outcome. Developing an understanding of how Reclamation Cost Estimates are calculated using the Nevada Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator (SRCE) software.

The goal of the project is to expose the incumbent to Solid Minerals Program. The incumbent will assist staff in disseminating information, policy and coordinating with districts to ensure that information and policy is applied uniformly. To gain a practical experience in applying regulations and policy as they pertain to the solid minerals program, gain a working knowledge of LR2000, SRCE and the minerals budget. Assist staff with daily tasks as assigned.

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Carlsbad Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Business, Real Estate, Natural Resources, Range Science, Natural Sciences (e.g. Geosciences, Biological Sciences), Agricultural, GIS.

Position Description: This project is to find a good intern candidate to help with the daily workload within the Carlsbad Field Office as a Natural Resource Specialist. The Carlsbad Field Office is currently one of the busiest BLM offices in the Nation for approving oil and gas permits and realty applications. We are looking for an individual who has a good understanding of biological and natural resources that would be good in working in a team environment. The intern would work alongside a seasoned employee to teach them the roles and functions of a natural resource specialist. This would provide the intern the access to one of the busiest offices in the country and a wealth of knowledge.

The intern would be taught the beginning processes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how to properly write Environmental Assessments (EA’s), Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA’s) and or Categorical exclusions (CX’s). They would also learn about working within an interdisciplinary team environment, consisting of Reality Specialist, Biologists, Archaeologists, Range Management Specialists, 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.

The intern would 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. The intern would 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. The intern would communicate on a daily basis with a variety of individuals to resolve land use conflicts between proposed land uses and other resource mandates.

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Oklahoma Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Natural Resources or Wildlife Biology

Position Description: This project is to find a good intern candidate to help with the daily workload within the Norman Field Office as a Natural Resource Specialist. In 2016, the Oklahoma Field Office underwent an office consolidation and move to its current location on the University of Oklahoma campus. Because of the move, there were many employees who choose to Retire currently building staff and has numerous DWOAs that require EAs so the appropriate permitting action may be completed. The focus of this internship will be on the backlog of Environmental Assessments (EAs) for Drilling Without Approval (DWOA). We are looking for an individual with writing and organization skills as well as an understanding of biological or natural resources. The individual should also be assertive and be able to work in a team environment. The intern will have access to a senior level Natural Resource Specialist for guidance, but intern will be expected to function independently. The intern will be shown the beginning processes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and provided examples of EAs, Determination of NEPA Adequacy (DNA’s), and or Categorical exclusions (CX’s). They would learn about working within an interdisciplinary team environment, consisting of Reality Specialist, Biologists, Archaeologists, and NEPA Planners. This interdisciplinary team would help to teach the intern about natural resources and the need for protecting resources for future generations.

The intern will develop a schedule for completion of the NEPA for DWOAs and will be given a list of DWOAs to develop the EAs.

The intern would work with my NRS Supervisor or me for the first day to receive instruction on the job and expectations. They will then work with Natural Resource Specialists within our office that would show them the details of the job for the next 11 weeks. The intern would work with other natural resource specialists within the office to help mentor them and teach them the duties that a realty specialist performs on a daily basis. The intern would report to me on a daily basis what they were doing and what work had been accomplished for the day. There would also be time within the internship for the intern to work with other resource specialists to learn more about the natural resources within our field office.

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Washington D.C.

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Project Management, Marketing, Biology, Rangeland Management or Communications.

Position Description: As part of the effort to sustainably manage wild horse populations, the BLM has implemented wild horse eco-sanctuaries on private lands. The intent of eco-sanctuaries is to provide a more cost effective alternative to current off-range corrals that are accessible to the public with ecotourism, education and private care (adoptions and sales) components. These components should defray costs for operating the eco-sanctuaries and save taxpayer dollars. There are three eco-sanctuaries, two in Wyoming and one in Oklahoma.

During the December Eco-Sanctuary Workshop, the program and cooperators identified the need to develop a virtual wild horse car program as well as assist with coordinating/attending tours, events and educational materials for the eco-sanctuaries. The intern will be responsible for fulfilling this eco-sanctuary need and spending three weeks at each eco-sanctuary. In addition, the intern will develop a guide, schedule and coordinate Off-Range Pasture (ORP) Tours to be held in August at two of the ORPs administered by the Off-Range Branch. The intern will work with the Off-Range Branch staff to collect necessary information and apply the information to the project. The intern must work on their own initiative, although there will be oversight, they will be expected to work independently while in the office and out in the field.

The Wild Horse and Burro (WHB) program is one of the most complex, highly visible, and politically sensitive programs under BLM’s administration. The program has more public interest than most other programs in the Department of the Interior (DOI) and is Nationwide in scope by virtue of the placement into private care of excess wild horses and burros by individuals or groups throughout the United States.

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