Conservation Legacy BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument Recreation Intern - Phoenix, AZ in Phoenix, Arizona

Job Description

*Title: BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument Recreation Intern (1 opening) *

*Start/End Date: *October 2, 2017 – August 31, 2018

*Salary/Stipend: *$500/week (+Education Award)

*Term: *48 weeks

Reports to:BLM Sonoran Desert National Monument Manager

*Location: *BLM Phoenix District Office (21605 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027)

*Status: *1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

*Benefits: *AmeriCorps Education Award $5,815 after successful completion; The Corps Network health insurance (including vision and dental) provided by Cigna; AmeriCorps child care assistance.

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. Our programs promote professional and personal growth, experiential learning, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship while incorporating the guiding principles of community, dedication, challenge, integrity, and fun! AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson.

Position Summary:

Arizona Conservation Corps is partnering with the Bureau of Land Managements (BLM) Phoenix District Office to offer an individual placement opportunity for an upper-level college student, veteran, or recent college graduate. This individual will perform a variety of recreational, resource, and visitor support services on the BLM’s Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM). This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in gaining meaningful work experience with a land management agency.

Created by Presidential proclamation in 2001 and located 60 miles outside of Phoenix in south central Arizona, the Sonoran Desert National Monument contains magnificent examples of a true Sonoran Desert landscape, including the extensive saguaro cactus forest. Within its 496,000 acre boundaries, the monument contains three federally designated wilderness areas; significant archaeological sites and several important historic trails.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Patrol and inspect monument facilities ensuring visitor compliance with rules and regulations pertaining to parking, campfires, noise level, sanitation, and safety.
  • Manage and oversee support of crews used for recreation work. Ensure that monument trails and facilities are maintained in accordance with BLM standards.
  • Ensure protection of sensitive cultural or historic property from visitor-related depredation. Report any problems or violations to BLM employees or supervisors.
  • Prepare recreation areas/sites for visitor use, to include planning, operation, and required maintenance. Assist with the management and issuance of Special Recreation Permits (SRPs) and fee collection activities.
  • Installs and maintains various types of signage on public lands, such as off road vehicle, wilderness, portal, boundary, directional road and trail, and interpretive signage.
  • Assist in gathering and analyzing visitor use patterns and their effect on monument resources; suggesting changes in operations or facilities when necessary.
  • Assist the BLM Volunteer Coordinator in meeting volunteer program goals and objectives. Provide input for volunteer opportunities and conduct performance evaluations as needed.
  • Majority of duties to be performed in an outdoor/field setting. Housing is not provided. Required Skills

Minimum Qualification:

This opportunity is suitable for veterans, upper-level college students, or recent college graduates with education and training in recreation and visitor services, leadership, maintenance, or a related discipline. Prior experience or knowledge of procedures for maintaining recreation areas and facilities is preferred. Applicants must be able to pass a DOI security background check, and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean and insurable driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified.
  • Teamwork oriented with clear, direct communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to engage and interact with the public and monument visitors in a professional manner.

Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work is performed outside in a variety of weather conditions, including adverse weather and hot summertime temperatures.

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:

Participation and Expedition Behavior:

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences.
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
  • Appropriately represent AZCC, the BLM, and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.

*Safety and Judgment: *

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. Must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
  • Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards.
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
  • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
  • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organizational property.

Environmental Ethics:

  • Learn and practice 'Leave no Trace' techniques.
  • Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills as appropriate to the project.

*To Apply: *

Please visit for more information. Select "new application" below in order to apply. If you have questions, contact Tucker Herbert at For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.

Tracking Code: 861-984

Job Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 500.00 - 500.00 USD