Remote Sensing Specialist – BLM Direct – Washington, D.C.

PB No. 12-15 (2018)
It is the responsibility of the Bureau to confirm that each Resource Assistant Internship program meets the following criteria: (a) have a clearly defined deliverable or work product with clear expectations and outcomes. (experience-based internships, such as job shadowing, are not sufficient); (b) include a minimum of 11 weeks of full time (40 hours) work; (c) focus on critical thinking and real-world problem solving; (d) provide presentations on findings to key decision makers; and address certification of high performance in the internship from the internship supervisor.  In addition, a qualifying internship should include some or all of the following elements:


  • Intense and rigorous projects – focus skills and reveal the work qualities of candidates
  • Structured projects – have clear paths to success for candidates and obvious assessment opportunities for managers;
  • High degree of autonomy – create space to develop or apply personal responsibility;
  • Defined deliverable – rewards productivity and provides for a clear goal;
  • Demanding schedule – develops project management skills;
  • Experience with multiple stakeholders (Internal and/or external) – provided an opportunity to demonstrate communication skills and the skills to navigate organizational hierarchies.


*Program timeline listed at end of document

  1. Project Description: Include a brief description of the project and Office/State/Center’s reasons for undertaking the project this year.
  2. Review of Current Data Sets: Review and quality assessment of corporate or non-corporate datasets. The interns will gain an understanding of quality assessment expectations for legacy data sets and how to generate a corporate dataset for the national database and identify additional datasets that may exist locally.
  3. Ingestion of Disturbance Footprint Legacy Data; Collect, and adjust data to fit SDARTT attribute templates, and then import BLM surface disturbance data into the USGS Surface Disturbance Analysis and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT).
  4. Geospatial Digitization: Digitize disturbance footprint per the protocol and upload to SDARTT. Prioritize Oil and Gas pad, facilities, roads, pipelines, etc.  These disturbances need to have identifier that will enable them to be linked back to the databases AFMSS2 and LR2000.


1a. Related Occupational Series (see below for appendix of occupational series):

Geographer & Geographic Information System (GIS) (0150), Cartography (1370), Natural Resource/ Biological Scientist (401),  Physical Scientist (1301)

1b. Job Title:   Remote Sensing Specialist, Geographer, Geospatial Analyst, Natural Resource Scientist, Biologist, Physical Scientist

1c. Related Degree: Geographer, Geographic Information System, Geospatial Analysis, Remote Sensing, Natural Resource Scientist, Biologist, Environmental Scientist, Physical Scientist,



Cost Center:  _____ L13100000 ________________________

Functional Area:  __ PP0000 ________________________________

Work Breakdown Structure (WBS):  ____ LLWO310000


 2. Project Goals:


  1. Review of Current Data Sets: Review and quality assessment of corporate or non-corporate datasets that exist within assigned field office or state office. Utilize non-corporate data sets to assist with generating state/field office corporate data sets.
  2. Disturbance Footprint Data Management from local, state, to national: Manage the ingestion into the Surface Disturbance Analysis and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT).
  3. Geospatial Digitization: the interns will gain a basic understanding of how to identify data gap and digitize disturbance footprints for preparation to upload to SDARTT and integration with the existing databases.


  1. SDARTT Awareness:  Gain an understanding of data quality and data element expectations for ingestion of data sets into SDARTT.
  2. Reporting and Analysis: May generate reports and assist with GIS analysis.
  3. Project Expectations (must have a weekly breakdown and expected deliverables):

Week 1:  Arrive to assigned location to begin getting familiar with tasks and mission objectives of that specific office.  Get desktop functional for the project.  Taking notes during discussions with supervisors and mentors.  Attend Virtual training on project objectives, SDARTT, AFMSS, AFMSS 2, LR2000, data digitization tasks, corporate data set generation (as required) expectations and requirements.  Receive on the job training to enhance previous lectures on how to link geospatial information with authorization database information.

Week 2:  Review the state or field office current data sets (corporate or non-corporate).

Week 3: Adjust the state or field office current data sets (corporate or non-corporate) to fit SDARTT templates and database compatibility requirements.

Week 4: Work with USGS to move the data from the field or state office into SDARTT.

Week 5: Begin digitization of data sets.

Week 6: Continue digitization tasks. Provide weekly status reports.

Week 7: Continue digitization tasks. Provide weekly status reports.

Week 8: Continue digitization tasks. Provide weekly status reports.

Week 9: Continue digitization tasks. Provide weekly status reports.

Week 10: Continue digitization tasks. Provide weekly status reports.

Week 11: Finalize digitization tasks and report corporate database status. Submit a lessons learned.


The assessment of where to assign each intern is currently in progress. The intention is to have each be responsible for their assign field office/state and complete all project tasks. Interns will be expected to attend SDARTT meetings weekly, and national monthly call, as well as other meetings scheduled as needed to coordinate with different states and databases.


  1. Expected internal and external interaction with stakeholders (to include travel):

Upon arrival interns will meet with State or Field office point of contact to begin learning about the field office and their tasks. They will sit in on SDARTT meetings and take notes.  The intern may want to attend the 300 hosted webinars.



  1. Overview of Project Coordinator/Intern Supervisor expected interaction with assigned intern(s): Supervisor will mentor, provide education and guidance, and a solid foundation in the mission and guiding laws, regulation, policies, and process that guide the BLM. This mentor will be point of contact at the state or field office in which they are located. The mentor will provide on the job training for the required task. The intern(s) face challenges in a wide variety of situations, scenarios related to policy and oversight diligence and the relationship to work on the ground at the field offices. The mentor will review all written documents and geospatial files prepared by the interns as well as work directly with the BLM states and field offices.  The mentor will coordinate with the intern(s) to make sure they understand the tasks, provide coaching and assure that the intern(s) do not become overwhelmed by their project duties.


Intern will inform supervisor of changes to work schedule, report out to the group during the duration of their assignment and will ask clarifying questions that would otherwise impede production of work tasks or affect the quality of finished products.


  1. How many intern(s) will be required for this project? ___5 __


  1. Will the interns 40 work hours be M-F? Yes

     If not M-F, please explain what the schedule would look like and why:


  1. Are you able to provide adequate office space for the assigned intern(s)?

    Comments or clarifications:


**Will rely on state and/or field offices to provide space for interns to work.


  1. Will the Project Coordinator/Intern Supervisor be available to work with the intern(s) for the full time period of the internship?

Comments or clarifications:


**Will rely on state and/or field offices to provide physical supervision to interns placed at their location.



  1. Proposed project must be vetted and approved by Office/State/Center Senior Leadership and the Servicing Personnel Office. Please list Senior Leaders and HR that have approved the project.

Names of those contacted for approval:


  1. Can the Office/State/Center financially meet the intended obligation to support the intern(s) for this project?

If yes, please provide a complete charge code on 1d.
Comments or clarifications: ___ LLWO310000.  FAV 310 should populate the code but if not functional Sub = L13100000    Area PE code PP0000    WBS = blank may be assigned later  Cost Center LLWO310000   SBY Fund 18X



  1. Do you have a vacancy on you’re TO? (Not mandatory)

Comments of clarifications:

But hiring restricting in WO & NOC are in effect, though we have had marvelous success at getting interns placed in the field.



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