Public Outreach and Youth Programming Intern
Title: Bureau of Land Management State Office Public Outreach and Youth Programming Intern
Start/End Date: February 14, 2022 – September 16, 2022 (31 weeks)
Stipend: $500/week (+Education Award)
Term: 31 weeks
Location: Bureau of Land Management – Las Cruces (1800 Marquess St. Las Cruces, NM 88005)
Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (1 opening)
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $3,172.50 with successful completion; Public Lands Corps Certificate*
Conservation Corps New Mexico (CCNM):
Conservation Corps New Mexico, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. CCNM is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. CCNM operates programs across southern New Mexico and western Texas that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. The CCNM program office in Las Cruces manages the CCNM field program.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico is providing an opportunity for a Public Outreach and Youth Programming intern placed in the Las Cruces area. The intern will assist the BLM in connecting with the public in an effort to carry out the mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
The Public Outreach intern will participate in a variety of activities aimed at directly benefitting visitors and the community by offering a number of interpretation/ environmental education opportunities for the public to learn more about BLM public lands. The intern will be assigned to help in organizing, facilitating, and participating in two major summer camps. Working with Public Lands Interpretive Association (PLIA), in developing Whiptail Trails club programming with partners BLM, NPS, NFS, and LCSD this project alongside Every Kids Outdoor programming that has been developed in the Las Cruces District Office, both consist of in classroom visits and field trips for local students to visit public lands. This position will include project time in which they will be encouraged to develop or improve current methods of visitor data collection and interpretation/education programs and materials for other recreations sites within New Mexico BLM lands.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
- Work with BLM Park Rangers, Recreation Planners, and State Youth Lead on recreation and visitor services projects including field trips, guiding hikes, interpretive programming, public outreach to local school districts, organizing docent programing, and developing programming with local museums and conservation based non-profit organizations.
- Develop and deliver general interpretation and education on statewide BLM resources.
- Work with interest groups and cooperators on any service events held on Public Lands. Events can include trail work, information tables at public events, public guided hikes, clean up efforts and youth programming events.
- Work with BLM staff on interpretive and educational content for guided hikes and youth programming.
- Assist in the protection of BLM resources by reporting and documenting any areas that have been vandalized or degraded.
- Assist in social media content for BLM outreach programing and develop educational interpretive guides and interactive educational curriculum.
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 by the first day of term and ability to provide proof of vaccination before starting.
- Some college experience in an academic field related to conservation, education, parks & recreation management, environmental studies, archeology, or biology.
- Ability to engage and interact with the recreating public and monument visitors in a professional manner.
- Enthusiasm to learn more about the local Las Cruces BLM lands and all state BLM lands.
- Applicants must pass a DOI security background check, and be 21 years old with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, education, communications, or parks & recreation management.
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified.
- Knowledge of basic camping and backpacking skills
- Fluent in speaking and writing Spanish
- Experience working with youth programing
- Experience with the local LCDO BLM public lands and trails systems
- To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.. May be required to stoop, kneel, twist or bend for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
- Work to be performed in arduous conditions in all types of weather, dust, and extreme summer temperatures. Willingness to hike in rough terrain.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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.
- Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, interpretative development training, and national service.
- Be able to manage multiple public programs with federal land partners and nonprofits to create successful outreach development for all parties.
- Maintain professional relationships with partners and public as well as stay organize and meet prompt time lines for achieving goals within programming.
- Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
- Appropriately represent the program 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.
- If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.
A DOI background clearance must be completed before the selected candidates may report to duty. The BLM will provide instructions for completion of the clearance after the assistants have been selected and will notify them when they have been cleared to start the position.
Assistants will have access to government facilities and systems, and will be supplied with access to gov’t vehicles, equipment, and materials needed to work on the projects and activities as outlined above. Assistants must adhere to all government regulations and policies for operating equipment, vehicles, security awareness, and safety.
- In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 16-30, inclusive, at the time the individual begins the term of service. (21 is the minimum age for this position)
To Apply: To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at https://corpsnm.org/ip-positions . If you have questions, contact CCNM’s Individual Placement Program Coordinator SamJean Simmons at email@example.com.
For more information about Conservation Corps New Mexico, please visit www.corpsnm.org. Conservation Corps New Mexico is a program of Conservation Legacy.
This position is located at 1800 Marquess St. Las Cruces, NM 88005, Las Cruces, NM. View the Google Map in full screen.