Park Ranger – BLM Direct – Arcata, CA

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Arcata, CA (1) – King Range National Conservation Area (NCA)

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Recreation Resource Management, Park Management

Position Description: The Nick’s Interns program was founded in 2004 by a local family in memory of their son who worked as a student at the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA). The program’s primary goal is to expose local youth to conservation careers through paid internships in order to break cycles of poverty and drug abuse. This is achieved by offering them the experience, confidence, and skills to get involved in community efforts to restore local watersheds as well as opportunities to explore resource management careers with government agencies. It strengthens rural communities through education, workforce, and economic development. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and partner agencies provide resource professionals to mentor interns as they complete public land restoration and recreation projects. The King Range NCA is looking for a qualified college student/recent graduate to serve as the day-to-day leader for the Nick’s Interns program.

The primary objective of this program is to provide youth employment related to recreation resource management, watershed restoration, and education outreach for public land in the King Range NCA, King Range Wilderness and surrounding Lost Coast region. BLM will mentor someone that is interested in park/recreation/natural resource management to lead the high school interns on a daily basis and provide program guidance and partner coordination. In a typical year, the Nick’s Interns program begins advertising and recruiting at the local high schools in March with hiring completed by May. Ideally the leader would begin work the end of May or beginning of June to prepare for the summer season and work until mid-August. The program typically runs late June to early August and lasts approximately six weeks. High school aged youth work for 32-hours per week for three weeks and are funded through private donations and grants. A leader will be expected to work 40-hours per week.

The Nick’s Interns program is dedicated to strengthening and diversifying skills and occupational options for rural young people in California through work projects on public lands. In addition, the BLM can introduce to a wider, younger audience the topics, considerations, and decision-making processes for science-based management of biological and recreation. Young people’s experience working on public lands in rural communities can raise their awareness and appreciation of the benefits of public lands in their lives.

The BLM will implement an environmental education program for the Nick’s Interns program. Program participants will receive training in Leave No Trace environmental ethics, wilderness management, watershed restoration, and recreation management. The BLM mentor and staff will work collaboratively with the Nick’s Interns program to inform crews about the BLM mission and provide mentorship relating to opportunities for participants’ eventual careers in natural resource management with the BLM or other land and resource management agencies. The BLM mentor and staff will provide project direction and technical support to the Nick’s Interns program so that projects are completed in a safe, timely, and cost-effective manner.


  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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