Geologist/Physical Scientist – BLM Direct – Las Vegas, NV

Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Las Vegas, NV – Field Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related degrees:  Geology, Mine Engineering, or any physical/earth science related degree


Position Description: The BLM Las Vegas Field Office (LVFO) currently has 13 mineral material community pits in a pending status. These community pits were established at various times between 1992 and 2006 but the work to authorize them was never completed. The LVFO has been asked, by the Nevada State Office (NSO) and the Washington Office, to take the necessary steps to either authorize or close these pending community pits.

The intern will serve as a member of the Minerals Division in the BLM LVFO. This job will require the intern to coordinate with other Minerals Division staff and NSO, Title and Land Status Support personnel. The intern will be expected to work independently to review the Case files associated with each of the pending community pits; visit each of the community pits to conduct a site inspection; compose reports summarizing the findings of their casefile reviews and site visits; make recommendations on whether the community pit should be left in a pending status, authorized or closed; and then take the necessary steps to close any community pits identified for closure.

For the community pits identified for closure, the intern will prepare the appropriate documentation for updating the Master Title Plats associated with the lands the community pits are found on, compose closure memorandum for the Assistant Field Manager’s (AFM) signature, ensure all documentation is in the casefile in chronological order, and update the LR2000 action codes to reflect the changes made.

A list of the 13 community pits has been prepared and the casefiles have been gathered. The Supervisory Geologist and Minerals Division staff will provide support, guidance and mentoring.

The intern will complete assigned duties designed to expose them to the principles of administrative geology, records maintenance, fieldwork, writing, editing, and performing the research necessary to make informed recommendations on administrative actions to interdisciplinary staff and managers.


  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 if 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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