EPIC Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Individual placement opportunities (internships) are perhaps the most effective tool currently available to those seeking direct experience within our public lands management agencies. The EPIC Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Division works with the BLM (and some non-federal partners) to place individuals in a variety of positions throughout the west, allowing for professional development and experiential learning for those interested in a career in environmental and public lands management. Positions with the EPIC BLM Division are available year round and typically last between 3-12 months.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and ACE EPIC are looking to engage the next generation of land managers and conservation professionals. Through these placements, individuals will gain insight and awareness of management practices of our federal public lands.
By exposing individuals to environmental and land management careers and techniques within BLM, they will gain valuable direct professional experience, enhance their skills sets, and enhance their future career opportunities. Through this program, ACE and BLM are looking to find passionate individuals from various backgrounds.
Where We Work
Our positions are typically located in the Western United States with projects located throughout Arizona, California, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida (Yep! Even Florida has some public lands!). New opportunities are added every year, so keep an eye out for new locations!
Why Individual Placements?
Individual placements offer the opportunity to work directly with various land and environmental managers and provide participants the ability to gain hands-on experience in fields that interest them. Direct experience in these programs allows participants the opportunity to expand their resume, their skillset and network with existing professionals.
Beyond direct experience, all ACE positions are paid opportunities, with participants being provided a weekly living allowance during their terms of service. These living allowances vary based on the position, so check each position description for additional information. Participants may also be eligible to earn an AmeriCorps education award, as well as special hiring status for federal placements. Check with the listed point of contact on each description for more information.
ACE reviews all applications for positions. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria – relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. Final candidates will be required to undergo a background check before beginning their assignment.
- Members must be US citizen or Permanent Resident, as required to comply with U.S. government contracts
- Members must be 18-30 (Applicants between 31 and 35 may be considered based on veteran status)
- Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check
- Some positions may require you to drive an ACE or agency vehicle. Members must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record with ability to provide required documentation; (Driving record checks will be completed during on-boarding process. (Members must be 21+ to drive ACE/Agency vehicles)
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should I address my cover letter to?
You’re welcome to address it to ACE EPIC, Hiring Manager or the name at the bottom of the opportunity posting.
How long until I should hear back about my application?
Applications may take up to a month to review. If you are unsure of the status of your application, please reach out to the ACE representative listed at the bottom of the opportunity posting.
What does the interview process look like?
Do I need to go through a background check?
In addition to ACE You will need to go through the Department of Interior’s background check process prior to starting any position. This background check can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, typically, and will determine your starting date for the position.
Does ACE or BLM cover relocation/travel expenses?
Members are required to arrange their own transportation to the location of the placement if relocating.
Will housing be provided?
Some positions may provide a housing allowance or housing on site. The majority of positions within the BLM division will not have provided housing. Check the opportunity posting for more information or reach out to the listed point of contact for more information regarding housing.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Each position description will have a listed point of contact at the bottom section of each posting.