Outdoor Recreation Planner

Bakersfield, CABakersfield, CA
Moreno Valley, CAMoreno Valley, CA
Ukiah, CAUkiah, CA
Carlsbad, NMCarlsbad, NM
Lake Havasu, AZLake Havasu, AZ

Bakersfield Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Outdoor Recreation, Sociology, Natural Resource Management, Tourism and Hospitality

Position Description: The BLM Bakersfield Field Office manages several campgrounds and popular dispersed camping areas in the Southern Sierra portion of the field office. Chief among these are Long Valley Campground, Chimney Creek Campground, Walker Pass Campground, and Keysville Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Several of these locations are in need of minor improvements to site appearance and usability. All are in need of updated interpretive/ informational materials for their kiosks.

Under the proposed project, an intern would:

  1. Develop and implement plans to remove unnecessary infrastructure from Long Valley and Chimney Creek Campgrounds.
  2. Develop plans for improvements to Walker Pass Campground and begin an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project.
  3. Develop improved signs and/or other materials for kiosks with message focus on leave no trace ethics, area recreation opportunities, and area safety.

Long Valley, Chimney Creek, and Walker Pass campground all are near portions of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST) and serve large numbers of PCNST users. The field office wishes to focus some resources on improvements at these sites to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the trail and the National Scenic Trails Act. The project is small, low cost, and readily achievable but would represent a disproportionately large improvement to visitor experience at these sites. Portions of this project were already scheduled for 2018, but would be difficult to accomplish in the absence of an intern because of an upcoming vacancy in the field office’s recreation program. With a skilled DHA intern, these projects could still move forward this year.

For the most part. Intern may flex to work some weekends to patrol with park rangers/ law enforcement to better observe public recreation use in campgrounds and camping areas during periods of high visitation. On weeks when intern conducts weekend field visits, schedule would be 40 hours Friday-Tuesday. As indicated above, occasional alternative schedule is necessary to observe public recreation use in campgrounds and camping areas during periods of high visitation. Other BLM staff (park ranger/ law enforcement) will work with intern on these weekends.

 

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California Desert District

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Biology Sciences, Environmental Science, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Wilderness

Position Description: The Californian deserts are fragile ecosystems and over the last two decades, the BLM and our partners have dedicated substantial resources to restoration efforts within the California Desert District (CDD). The CDD is committed to evaluating the effectiveness of these past ecological restoration efforts to distil lessons learned, best management practices, and determine the most efficient use of limited restoration funding. The first step in evaluating the effectiveness of these efforts has to be the consolidation of two decades of data into a single functioning database from restoration across almost 11 million acres spanning five field offices: Barstow, El Centro, Needles, Palm Springs and Ridgecrest. Last year the CDD used the DHA-RAI program to kick start a massive effort to consolidate two decades of restoration data from within the CDD’s 72 wilderness area, 3.8 million acres, which have hosted restoration projects. This year the BLM is proposing to expand this analysis to the California Desert National Conservation Lands (CDNCLs). Afterwards the next step will be to implement the restoration effectiveness protocol that the CDD developed in conjunction with Jim Wiegand the state ecologist. Knowledge gained will be use to inform decisions for more efficient desert restoration over the next decade. Objective field data will document the effectiveness of CDD restoration projects and their cumulative achievements and benefits. This proposed project is an essential component of adaptive management so future investments will yield greater success and benefits.

 

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Ukiah Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Recreation Management, Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Backcountry Range

Position Description: The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office seeks Direct Hire Authority (DHA) interns to develop and complete the Visual Resource Management (VRM) inventories and assessment for lands within the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument (Berryessa Monument). Information included in this assessment will assist the BLM in developing a management plan for the Berryessa Monument. The assessment will also be used for future management planning decisions, such as the locations of visitor information and use facilities. The intern would have nearly complete autonomy with guidance by the Monument Manager and gain experience in recreation management and reporting.

In addition to developing completing the inventories and assessment, the DHA internships will provide the interns experience that will prepare them for a career in outdoor recreation. Interaction with other staff such as the GIS Specialist, Wildlife Realty Specialist, Outdoor Recreation Planner, and Archaeologist will help broaden exposure to multiple BLM programs.

 

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Carlsbad Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Community Planning, Urban Planning, Recreation, Park and/or Tourism Management, Environmental Science, Science Policy, Natural Resources, Range Sciences, Natural Sciences (e.g. geosciences, Biological Sciences).

Position Description: This Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) is looking for a qualified, highly motivated intern to assist the CFO Outdoor Recreation Planner (ORP) with resource management tasks. The successful candidate should be a team player with a basic understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and willingness to participate on a variety of interdisciplinary resource management projects. During the internship appointment the selected candidate will gain valuable hands-on training and experience in the development and implementation of best management practices, NEPA compliance, and program management by working alongside experienced CFO resource staff.

Official duties may include, but are not limited to, recreation management (e.g., inspection/maintenance of facilities, trails, cave/karst surface surveys, cave gate inspections, recreational permitting, etc.), resource management plan development and implementation (e.g., CFO Resource Management Plan revisions, NEPA compliance, cave/karst, hydrology, visual resource, visitor experience and use surveys, volunteer coordination), and organizing educational public outreach events under the guidance of the CFO resource staff.

At the conclusion of the appointment the intern will have learned how resource managers within a multi-use federal agency manage their resources in concert with oil & gas exploration and development. The intern would leave with a deeper understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), how to properly review and sign off on Environmental Assessments (EAs), Decisions of NEPA Adequacy (DNAs) and or Categorical Exclusions (CXs). They would also 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. Each of these interdisciplinary team members will reinforce the importance of properly managing our natural resources and the need for protecting resources for the enjoyment of future generations.

 

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Lake Havasu Field Office

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: >Outdoor Recreation, Psychology, Environmental Science, Natural ResourceManagement, Tourism and Hospitality, Education

Position Description: The Lake Havasu Field Office manages an extensive recreation program consisting of diverse recreation experiences in the desert and on Lake Havasu. The field office manages 1.3 million acres of public lands, with the majority of the use being recreation. From multiple day use areas, OHV open areas and a campground on the Lower Colorado River, to seventy-three boat in only campsites on Lake Havasu, to roughly 5,000 miles of Off-Highway Vehicle trails. Opportunities abound to provide access and unique recreation experiences throughout the field office all year round.

Due to the high demand of recreational opportunities, the Lake Havasu  Field Office would like to mentor a DHA intern to assist with the proposed project. This project seeks to encourage access to recreation on public lands through increased education and development of mobile applications that allow the public to explore public lands with ease. This project seeks to provide the public with a digital map, and multiple guides on utilizing new technology to assist the public. The intern will also have the opportunity to contribute the internal planning processes that allow trail’s to be designated and access to be promoted on open trails.

Portions of the project would eventually be completed by staff at the Lake Havasu Field Office, however would be difficult to accomplish in such a short time frame without an intern. With a skilled and motivated intern, these projects could be completed this summer during the peak Lake Havasu use season.

The goal of the project is to improve public access and awareness of available recreation experiences through internal planning processes and external digital platforms. This will include:

  1. Assist in the completion of Route Evaluation Sessions for Alamo and Wenden Travel Management Areas (TMAs) and associated data management.
  2. Development (with GIS collaboration) a georeferenced map of the Lake Havasu Shoreline Sites.
  3. Create instructional guide for the public on the use of YourPassNow and the georeferenced map of the Shoreline Sites and provide internal and external in-person trainings.

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