Rangeland Management Specialist – BLM Direct – Safford, AZ

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Safford, AZ – Field Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Rangeland Sciences, Natural Resources Sciences

Position Description: The Safford Field Office (SFO) is comprised of 1.4 million acres, 257 grazing allotments and is home to approximately 23 threaten and endangered (T & E) species. Due to the nature of the field office the renewable resources division has a large workload. Currently the office has a Rangeland Management Specialist (RMS) vacancy. Utilizing the DHA internship program would provide the field office with assistance with meeting targets, while providing a meaningful and challenging internship to an individual.

The proposed project would fall under the natural resources management field and would be categorized as a rangeland management technician. The intern would have a wide variety of task assigned to them. These tasks would be challenging, developmental and mirror the workload of an entry level RMS. The intern would work alongside a SFO RMS’s, who would assist them with their workload as necessary. They would be independently working on planning documents inspecting grazing allotments, monitoring for weed infestations, assisting in planned FY18 monitoring workload and assisting with some of the administrative range duties such as filing and organization of range files. All of these tasks would meet the criteria for the following elements; Intense and rigorous projects, high degree of autonomy, defined deliverable, demanding schedule, experience with multiple stakeholders (internal and/or external).

Internally the intern would have everyday interactions with SFO staff. They would be coordinating with individuals as a member of the local interdisciplinary team. Externally the intern would be expected to have interactions with grazing permittees the general public as well as partners such as U of A cooperative extension, and Gila Watershed Partnership. While in this role the intern would be exposed to a large array of both internal and external interactions, much like a permanent BLM employee would be exposed to.


  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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