Position Type: BLM Direct Hire (DHA) 11 week internship
Open until: February 28, 2018
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.