American Conservation Experience seeks Calif. OHV Trail Technician Intern

June 8, 2013

American Conservation Experience:
BLM CA El Mirage OHV Trail Technician Intern

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office, is seeking one OHV Trail Technician Intern to dedicate a minimum of 6 months to develop and implement a trail and lakebed maintenance plan for the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails within the El Mirage 25,00 acre OHV Area in El Mirage, CA.
Start Date: July 15, 2013
End Date: December 15, 2013

Location: 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.

Project Partner Website: For more information on the BLM Barstow Field Office and the El Mirage Cooperative Management Area, please visit
Compensation: $1400/month. Housing is provided on site in an air-conditioned trailer.

Position Description: The primary goal for the intern assigned to this project is to develop and implement a trail and lakebed maintenance plan for the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails within the El Mirage 25,00 acre OHV Area in El Mirage, CA. This will be accomplished through working independently and closely with BLM staff.
Responsibilities include:
Development of a project work plan with an oversight team that includes staff form the BLM Barstow Field Office and a GIS/GPS Specialist
Develop a precision digital map of the exact alignment and other features of the El Mirage OHV, with photo documentation of sites of interest
Coordinate and facilitate work activities with BLM staff, Friends of El Mirage Staff and BLM Volunteers
Work directly with Recreation, Maintenance, GIS/GOS and other resource staff to develop broader understanding of the area and user issues
Combine digital data and other information developed in the project into an updated and comprehensive trail inventory for the entire OHV area
Organize and analyze trail condition assessments
Develop reports and participate in outreach meetings with the public and stakeholders

Project Background and Objectives:
In the 1930s a group of automotive racing enthusiasts selected El Mirage Dry Lakebed as the site to hold monthly events where they could attempt to set world land speed records. In the ensuing years the number of participants and spectators grew as the automobile became more popular. As a result of this historic use, El Mirage became a very popular recreational site with the population of Southern California. To date, the use of El Mirage includes the original historic user group now organized as the Southern California Timing Association, plus numerous other recreational pursuits.
The most popular use occurring within the Management Area involves the use of off-highway vehicles. Other activities include the recreational use of landsailors, ultralights, para-sails, kites, sail-skates, gyrocopters, model airplanes, model rockets, hang-gliders, and sightseeing. The area is also popular with numerous firms engaged in product testing or research and development, and the film industry.
Training Provided:
The BLM will provide continuing education to the intern during his/her volunteer service. The BLM will mentor the intern regarding natural resource management, the BLM mission, and future career opportunities in natural resource management with the BLM or other federal land management agencies. Since the intern is a volunteer it is important to provide opportunities for field visits with BLM professional staff working in the field. These sessions will provide the intern with a better understanding of the mission of BLM and the importance of managing public lands for multiple-use.

Applicants must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in Ecology, Geography, Recreation Resource Management, Botany, Biology, Soil Science, Engineering, Wilderness Management or other related discipline appropriate to the position. 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 looking for determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies. OHV users are encouraged to apply.
U.S. citizen or Green card holder
Between 18 and 25 years old
Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and personal vehicle
Personal medical insurance for the duration of the intern’s participation with ACE
Strong background in GIS and trails condition assessment
Strong background and interest in trails and recreation inventory and planning
Experienced in GPS and GIS software
Basic course work in geology or soils, such as: Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Introduction to Soils
Ability to work well on their own and with a crew, both in the office and in the field
Good map reading and orientation skills
Ability to interpret aerial photos
Comfort hiking cross country in a rugged mountain environment one day and spending the next at a computer
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
Ability to take initiative, work independently, and participate effectively in collaborative efforts
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check
Deep interest in ecology and respect for nature
English proficiency

Preferred Qualifications:
Course work or knowledge in Soil Morphology, Soil Classification and General Botany and Plant Ecology would make the applicant more competitive
A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources
Excellent writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills
Knowledge of California’s public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired
Knowledge of Tread Lightly! Ethics

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

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter and contact for three professional/academic references to the ACE application page:

(Please note that you may need to copy and paste the above application page web address into your browser to access)

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Hannah Wendel, ACE EPIC Internship Program Manager at (801) 946- 5379 or

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