American Conservation Experience position in California

American Conservation Experience, a nationwide nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office, is seeking one Outdoor Recreation Education and Outreach intern to dedicate a minimum of 20 weeks to implement and facilitate Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) related education and safety activities for the public lands of the BLM Barstow Field Office in California. Activities include, but are not limited to, delivery of the Jr. Ranger Program, Tread Lightly!, and the National OHV Conservation Council messages to the visiting public in OHV areas, the Desert Discovery Center, the Living Desert, outreach events and schools for students grades k-12. The ACE intern will promote OHV safety, etiquette, outdoor recreation, stewardship, and outdoor safety.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation and responsible use of our public lands. Applicants must have strong interest in a career in natural resource management and education. Education and outreach events and programs will take place primarily in the El Mirage OHV Area, the Desert Discovery Center, and the Living Desert.

Start Date: May 2014 (please indicate in your cover letter your available start date)

End Date: September 2014 -22 weeks from the start date

Location: Barstow, CA

Background Information:

The El Mirage Cooperative Management Area is located in the western Mojave Desert, 25 miles northwest of Victorville, and 30 miles east of Lancaster. The area is situated in the northwestern portion of San Bernardino County, seven miles south of Edwards Air Force Base between the Los Angeles County line and Highway 395.

The areas of interest include the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, the Shadow Mountains, the El Mirage Basin, and the Twin Hills area that make up the 25,000-acre project area of public and private land. Elevation ranges from about 2,800 feet at the El Mirage Dry Lake to over 3,800 feet in the Shadow Mountains. During summer months, temperatures can reach 120 degrees F. Summer thunderstorms can come in with spectacular force, although most of the minimal precipitation falls in the winter months. Winter lows can fall to 5 degrees F at night, with highs in the 60 to 70 degree F range during the day. Spring and fall temperatures range between the extremes of winter and summer.

The Desert Discovery Center (DDC) is a 7,000 square foot facility surrounded by 12 acres of public land located in the heart of Barstow, CA. The DDC is comprised of a unique partnership between several government, educational, and non-profit organizations originally established in 2005. They include the BLM, who own the DDC and surrounding property, National Park Service, Barstow Unified School District, Barstow Community College, Mojave River Valley Museum, City of Barstow, National Park Conservation Association, Off-Limits Design, The Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority, Southern California Edison and Main Street Murals non-profit Corporation.

Position Description:

General Responsibilities:
Plan, develop and implement an OHV safety/education program as outlined in the On the Right Trail Curriculum, Tread Lightly and National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council materials.
Serve as an education liaison with a variety of government agencies, non-profit organizations and citizen groups.

Specific Tasks:
•Plan, develop, and implement a wide range of projects and initiatives associated with OHV safety outreach and education.
•Write and edit a broad range of written education materials.
•Organize and carry out project management activities such as preparing project timelines, analyzing projects for required elements and key tasks, identifying key individuals and resources needed to complete assigned projects and tasks, developing scopes of work and specifications for projects involving use of outside services and contractors, and organizing and carrying out projects tasks and elements to meet project goals, deadlines, and performance targets.
•Promote and employ the Mojave Max desert tortoise educational materials, including the Mojave Max Emergence Contest within California schools.
•Organize and conduct teacher meetings, conferences, and workshops as necessary to communicate and distribute education materials to target education audiences.
•Establish professional relationships with a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations interested in the safe and responsible use of OHVs.
•Attend working group meetings, conference, workshops, other meetings associated with OHV safety outreach activities. Prepare and conduct presentations to agency sponsors to report on OHV safety outreach program activities.
•Keep attendance records, correspondence, and other documentation on OHV safety outreach program activities.

This is both an indoor and outdoor position and the intern must be prepared and able to work in both environments with a positive and professional manner.

Working Conditions:

Physical Effort: Requires walking, hiking, bending, climbing, lifting, and driving of vehicles. Requires time working on a computer.

Travel: This position will work out of EL Mirage OHV area visitor center, the Desert Discovery Center and The Living Desert’s facility in Palm Desert. Regular travel in the deserts of California in carrying out job responsibilities will be required with occasional travel to attend workshops, conferences, symposiums and meetings in the Southwest.

Compensation: The ACE intern will work 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $200/week and a housing allowance of $100/week paid bi-weekly.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in a natural resource, education, or other related disciplines. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the Position Description. We are seeking a determined, detail-oriented person who is looking for experience working with public lands management.

Required Qualifications:
•Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only
•Intern must be between the age of 18 and 25
•A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, (documentation to be provided upon request).
•A personal vehicle is required for personal and off-time travel
•Personal medical insurance is required for the duration of their participation with ACE.
•Ability to undergo and pass a federal criminal background check.
•Four year university degree in the biological sciences or environmental education.
•Experience with conservation education programming and implementation highly desirable.
•Must be a motivated self-starter with good leadership and communication skills.
•Must be able to work independently within the direction provided by BLM and program partners.
•OHV experience preferred.

Specific Skills Desired:
•Ability to work independently toward program goals with little supervision but within the direction provided by the BLM and program partners.
•Ability to coordinate all aspects of an education and outreach program involving the safe and responsible use of OHVs on public lands.
•Ability to plan, implement and evaluate communications strategies, education programs, and interpretive media based on established professional practices.
•Knowledge and ability to plan, write, and develop educational curricula according to recognized educational standards.
•Knowledge of computer, multimedia, and information technology.
•Knowledge of broad range of interpretive skills and techniques applicable to interpretive media development.
•Skill in written communications, including the ability to write plans, and reports in accordance with BLM policy, develop curriculum-based instructional materials, and generate and answer routine correspondence.
•Skill in oral communications, including the ability to present material in a training or instructional capacity, speak before large and small audiences, and interact effectively with a diverse collection of individuals and groups.
•General knowledge of BLM mission, history and policies.
•Knowledge of the natural history of the desert tortoise and the natural and cultural history of southern California’s desert ecosystems.

The Intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and BLM reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references to the online application page for this position:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to call the ACE EPIC Program Manager at (801) 946-5379.

ACE Emerging Internship Corps (ACE EPIC)

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