Natural Resource Specialist – BLM Direct – Reno, NV

Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship, 2 Positions

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Nevada State BLM Office, Reno, NV

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: BS or MS – GIS, Geology, Natural Sciences, Physical Science

Position Description: The incumbent will be working with the Locatable & Saleable Minerals Program Leads with notice and plan of operation level inventory and enforcement issues. Nevada leads the west with the number of mining plans and notices; the challenge is to track and insure compliance with these operations by coordinating with the Districts and field staff. The Nevada BLM Solid minerals program has multiple components; these include locatable, saleable and leasable minerals. Coordination with other Federal and State agencies is essential for scheduling and attending meetings, then conveying this information to the Districts to insure that we are all implementing the regulations and policy in a uniform manner, and tracking Districts’ progress on notice and plan level projects, and related NEPA in LR2000. Developing a clear understanding of the regulations that apply to Mining and how and when to apply them in decision-making and enforcement actions. Budgetary duties, tracking expenses and labor for the programs to insure a balanced outcome. Developing an understanding of how Reclamation Cost Estimates are calculated using the Nevada Standardized Reclamation Cost Estimator (SRCE) software.

The goal of the project is to expose the incumbent to Solid Minerals Program. The incumbent will assist staff in disseminating information, policy and coordinating with districts to ensure that information and policy is applied uniformly. To gain a practical experience in applying regulations and policy as they pertain to the solid minerals program, gain a working knowledge of LR2000, SRCE and the minerals budget. Assist staff with daily tasks as assigned.


  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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