Botanist – BLM Direct – Bakersfield, CA

Position Type: BLM Direct Hire 11 week internship

Open until: March 1, 2018

Wage: $400 – $600/week

Location: Bakersfield, CA (Bakersfield Field Office)

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related degrees:  Masters Degree in Botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany. Masters Degree in  biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.

Position Description:   The goal of this project is to provide restoration and weed management support to the Field Office and to assist in projects to protect and improve native habitat. The intern will conduct weed monitoring during the spring/early summer to map known weed populations and to locate and map new infestations, especially within areas recently burned. The intern will also work with a crew to eradicate weeds using non-chemical treatments.  The intern may help manage contractors hired to apply herbicides for specific invasive species.  Additionally, the intern will work with the natural resources specialists and botanist to assist with restoration and habitat protection projects within the San Joaquin valley.  This may involve leading crews on projects to protect and improve native habitat. Much of the southern San Joaquin Valley has been converted to agriculture, developed for housing, or impacted by oil and gas or other energy development.  The scattered parcels of public land represent a major portion of the remaining native habitat.  These BLM managed lands have national importance for oil and gas development, as well as being critical for the conservation and recovery of a number of listed species, such as Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard, Giant Kangaroo-rat, San Joaquin Kit Fox, Buena Vista Lake Shrew, Vernal pool Fairy Shrimp, Kern Mallow, California Jewel flower, and San Joaquin Woolly-threads.  As part of ongoing restoration projects, the intern will identify and map locations for future seed collection.  The intern will also collect selected native seed that matures during the summer.  As an ancillary duty, the intern will map and document any new dump sites encountered during the course of their other work.

This position will require extensive internal collaboration with Field Office Botanist, Natural Resource Specialists, and Wildlife Biologists in order to plan and implement restoration and weed work in a timely fashion.  There may also be some intra-office work with the Ridgecrest Field Office for weed monitoring within the Erskine Fire burn area.

The position may also include external collaboration in the form of leading a youth crew in weed eradication and Field Office projects to protect and improve native habitat.

Travel associated with this position is expected to be limited to day trips to field locations, though it is possible an overnight could occur of a visit to a remote location is necessary or makes sense in the context of the project.


  1. US Citizenship
  2. At least 17 years of age
  3. Intern must be a current student or recent graduate (within two years of internship end date)
  4. A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
  5. Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check
  6. Effective oral and written communication skills
  7. Precise attention to detail
  8. Ability to function independently and with a team
  9. Strong work ethic
  10. High level of professionalism
  11. Passion for public lands
  12. Understanding of BLM Multiple Use Policies

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 March 1.
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