Outdoor Recreation Planner – BLM Direct – Bakersfield, CA

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

Open until: March 14, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Bakersfield, CA

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Outdoor Recreation, Sociology, Natural Resource Management, Tourism and Hospitality


Position Description: The BLM Bakersfield Field Office manages several campgrounds and popular dispersed camping areas in the Southern Sierra portion of the field office. Chief among these are Long Valley Campground, Chimney Creek Campground, Walker Pass Campground, and Keysville Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Several of these locations are in need of minor improvements to site appearance and usability. All are in need of updated interpretive/ informational materials for their kiosks.

Under the proposed project, an intern would:

  1. Develop and implement plans to remove unnecessary infrastructure from Long Valley and Chimney Creek Campgrounds.
  2. Develop plans for improvements to Walker Pass Campground and begin an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project.
  3. Develop improved signs and/or other materials for kiosks with message focus on leave no trace ethics, area recreation opportunities, and area safety.

Long Valley, Chimney Creek, and Walker Pass campground all are near portions of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST) and serve large numbers of PCNST users. The field office wishes to focus some resources on improvements at these sites to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the trail and the National Scenic Trails Act. The project is small, low cost, and readily achievable but would represent a disproportionately large improvement to visitor experience at these sites. Portions of this project were already scheduled for 2018, but would be difficult to accomplish in the absence of an intern because of an upcoming vacancy in the field office’s recreation program. With a skilled DHA intern, these projects could still move forward this year.

For the most part. Intern may flex to work some weekends to patrol with park rangers/ law enforcement to better observe public recreation use in campgrounds and camping areas during periods of high visitation. On weeks when intern conducts weekend field visits, schedule would be 40 hours Friday-Tuesday. As indicated above, occasional alternative schedule is necessary to observe public recreation use in campgrounds and camping areas during periods of high visitation. Other BLM staff (park ranger/ law enforcement) will work with intern on these weekends.



  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: iicinternships.com 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: iic@suu.edu.
  4. Applications accepted until February 28.


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