Wildlife Biologist Technician – BLM Direct – Bakersfield, CA

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

Open until: February 28, 2018

Wage: 13.50

Location: Bakersfield, CA – Field Office

Start Date:  June 3, 2018

End Date:  August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: Wildlife Biology

Position Description:  The Bakersfield Field Office manages high demand oil and gas development that is sympatric with threatened and endangered species habitat. This creates a need for complex, cooperative resource management internally as well as with external stakeholders, including US Fish and Wildlife Service, oil and gas company representatives, consulting biologists, and species experts. Of the listed species, two are primary contributors to the complexity of avoidance and minimization measures: Kern mallow and blunt-nosed leopard lizard.

Kern mallow is a small, annual flowering plant. Kern mallow was listed as endangered in 1990 due to habitat loss; at the time, only the white-flower plants were considered Kern mallow. In the 2006 five-year species review, the recommendation was for Kern mallow to continue to be listed as endangered, but the designation was expanded to include both the white- and pink-flower plants. Inclusion of pink-flower plants greatly expanded known population locations, and quite possibly opened up the chance for down listing. The intern would be responsible for collecting known information regarding plant distribution through record searches, discussions with species experts, field surveys, etc. and developing a recommendation regarding the listing status of the species that could be presented to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The blunt-nosed leopard lizard is a relatively large lizard with a long, regenerative tail, powerful hind limbs, and a short, blunt snout. Blunt-nosed leopard lizards were listed as endangered in 1967 due to habitat loss. The intern would be responsible for collecting known information regarding lizard distribution including record searches, discussions with species experts, collaborations with consultants, field surveys, etc. and based on findings, develop recommendations regarding whether certain areas should be treated as “local extirpation”. Recommendations must be of the caliber and quality that they can be presented to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for review.

This two-pronged project coincides with the issuance of a new programmatic biological opinion for oil and gas development in Kern and Kings Counties. If research and recommendations result in changes to current management, such as reduced need for compliance measures, this could greatly increase the efficiency of project authorization and contribute to America’s energy independence.


  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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