Natural Resource Specialist – BLM Direct – Bishop, CA

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Bishop CA, Field Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related degrees:  Related degrees to field biology or natural resources management including biology, wildlife biology, botany, forestry, range management, fire ecology, environmental science, or similar field.

Specialized experience: The candidate should have field experience and be able to navigate and work in the field independently. Other examples of specialized experience that would be desired are work with external partners and cross cultural experience, experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and experience doing any kind of natural resources monitoring including wildlife, botany, watershed, fire effects or any related resource.

Position Description:  The proposed DHA intern would work on cooperative projects between the BLM Bishop Field Office and the Bishop Paiute Tribe in support of shared, conservation stewardship in areas of cultural significance with a focus on training and development of local tribal youth. Over the past several years, the Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest have partnered with the Bishop Paiute Tribe to support their Tribal Natural Resources Internship program for youth from 17 to 25 years old which provides an introduction and field experience in natural and cultural resource management. Each year the Bishop Paiute Tribe sponsors about 5 local tribal youth who receive training in natural and cultural resource management from the Tribe’s Environmental Department, BLM and Inyo National Forest staff, and other local partners including non-profits and other local state and federal agencies. The youth also participate in multiple projects on the reservation and BLM and National Forest administered public lands including monitoring and implementation of projects such as weed control, trail repair, watershed improvement, and wildlife habitat management.

The DHA intern will serve as the federal (BLM and Forest Service) program coordinator for the development and implementation of the 2018 Interagency Tribal Youth Natural Resources Internship program. The DHA intern will coordinate with the Tribe and specialists at the federal agencies to identify the overall program of work for the internship season. The DHA intern will then coordinate, facilitate, and lead natural and cultural resource management trainings and field projects for the Bishop Paiute Tribal Youth Natural Resources Crew. Some trainings and projects will be provided by resource professionals from the BLM and Forest Service. The DHA intern will also lead some trainings and projects independently depending on their level of experience and expertise. The DHA intern will do day-to-day program coordination and implementation of the Tribal internship involving scheduling personnel, compiling educational materials, gathering field supplies and tools, arranging transportation to field sites for project work, leading field crews, etc.

The DHA intern will also work on natural and cultural resource management in two areas of importance to the local Tribes. The Bishop Field Office and the Bishop Paiute Tribe currently have a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative management of the Volcanic Tableland area including Fish Slough, an ecologically and culturally unique wetland area. The DHA intern, with some assistance from the Tribal Youth Natural Resources Interns, will conduct regular monitoring in the area including wildlife observations and monitoring for impacts. The DHA intern will also coordinate a project in the Crater Mountain area in collaboration with both the Big Pine Paiute Tribe and the Bishop Tribal Youth Natural Resources Interns to monitor recreational activity in and around lava tubes on Crater Mountain that are used as bat habitat



  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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