Maintenance Mechanic – 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: Vocational degree with working knowledge of woodworking techniques and basic shop mathematics.

Position Description:   

The Bakersfield Field Office proposes to hire a Resource Assistance Intern to assist the Resources Division with maintenance activities during the summer of 2018. Should the intern’s performance prove satisfactory, the office would convert the intern to a permanent WG-4749-07/09 Maintenance Mechanic with job duties associated with weed abatement, campground maintenance, recreation site maintenance and public contacts, range improvement installation and maintenance, equipment operation, water testing, condition assessments, electrical, painting, plumbing, fence repair, basic construction work, welding, masonry and cement work.

The goal of this project is to reduce the backlog of routine maintenance within the Bakersfield Field Office. Specifically, the intern will work with the current Maintenance Mechanic to maintain campgrounds (including potable drinking water systems, trash bins and clean bathrooms) and day use areas, install signs, maintain roads and trails and other BLM infrastructure. The intern would also coordinate closely with the Field Office’s Civil Engineer and be taught how to conduct annual condition assessments as prescribed by the Facility Asset Management database. The intern would learn start-up and shutdown procedures for water supply systems. The intern would also serve as a field going contact representative, providing day-to-day public contact with many recreational users on public lands. The intern could be asked to lead visiting youth crews in completion of larger maintenance projects, for example trailwork, planting native species of trees or other plants, and general construction work


  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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