Wyoming State Office

Location: Carlsbad, NM

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

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

Position Description:  This project is to find a good intern candidate to help with the daily workload within the Carlsbad Field Office as a Realty 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 Realty 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) and or Categorical exclusions (CX’s). They would also learn about working within an interdisciplinary team environment, consisting of Natural Resource 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 participate in field examinations to determine the potential environmental impacts and the necessary mitigating measures for a variety of proposed lands and realty actions including major rights-or-way, leases, recreation, and public purpose action, sales, withdrawals, and land exchanges. The intern would coordinate with members of the interdisciplinary team for clearances and other professional stipulations, and make logical and appropriate recommendations to the decision maker.

The intern would also conduct compliance checks on the various actions during and after construction to determine if compliance with all environmental requirements of the approved plans has been completed. The holders or leaseholders would then be contacted when problems or discrepancies were encountered.

The goal of this project is to help the local office with the workload and high demand of projects that are going through the office. The other part of the goal is to find willing candidates who are interested in protecting resources for future generations.

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