Archaeology Specialist Intern – BLM Direct – Palm Springs, CA

Position Type: BLM Direct Hire 11 week internship

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related degrees:  Archeology or Anthropology

Position Description: The large solar projects currently in development in the Colorado Desert are of top priority for the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office this year. This internship project will support the agency’s responsibilities under Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act concerning these projects. This will include compiling and organizing archaeological site and isolate GPS data from the Palen Solar, Crimson Solar, Desert Quartzite Solar, and 10 West Transmission-line projects into the BLM’s GIS database. It will also include reviewing and commenting on the draft Long Term Monitoring Plans produced by the archaeological consulting firms contracted for each project (Applied Earth Works, Inc., AECOM, SRI, Project site visits will be necessary to appropriately characterize the sites located within the project footprints and within their buffer zones, and for indirect effects to nearby archaeological resources. Finally, this internship will begin to monitor sites within and adjacent to the already constructed Genesis Solar, Blythe Solar, and McCoy Solar projects, as mitigation for any adverse effects that resulted from construction.

This project will produce organized GIS data for all of the archaeological, historical, and cultural sites and isolates identified during the surveys for each of these solar projects. Review the Long Term Monitoring Plan so a final copy can be delivered to the BLM in a timely manner. Monitor sites that were affected by the Genesis, Blythe, and McCoy solar projects and fill out monitoring forms to be kept on record.

Related Skills/Experience: Junior, senior, or graduate of archeology or anthropology degree



  1. Be at least 18 years old at the start of the project.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalization) or a U.S. legal permanent resident (a “green card” holder).
  3. Be enrolled in a related post-secondary educational program at an accredited institution of higher education, OR, have completed a post-secondary educational program at an accredited institution of higher education less than two years prior to the anticipated date by which the DHA would be used for obtaining federal employment. [Ideally, a candidate who has already completed their higher education studies would use the DHA to obtain federal employment immediately or shortly after the completion of the 11-week internship.]
  4. Meet the related skills/experience listed for the specific opportunity to which one is applying.
  5. Be available for 11 weeks of continuous service.
  6. Be willing to fulfill all reporting requirements (bi-weekly reporting, final reporting, and follow-up reporting in the months after completing the program).
  7. Be willing to submit to a government security background clearance process.
  8. Have a strong interest in a career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).


Application Instructions:

  1. Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript(s) (unofficial are acceptable), and a letter of reference from a professional or educator to the contact below. Applications must be received by February 28, 2018. In your cover letter, please succinctly address why you are interested in the position, what skills and experience you have to offer, and your future career goals.
  2. The IIC Internship Application can be found on the IIC website: underneath the apply today tab. Click on the PDF application and download the application file to your computer. DO NOT open it in your browser to edit. Open in Adobe Acrobat to edit.
  3. Email cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial), and the IIC Internship Application to the IIC Direct Hire Review Team at:
  4. Applications accepted until February 28.




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