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ACE – BLM Old Spanish National Trail Archaeology Intern


24-week position starting ASAP June 7th through November 18th,  2011            




The Bureau of Land Management is partnering with American Conservation Experience (ACE), a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, to recruit and coordinate one outgoing and enthusiastic Intern, with a archaeology or history and trails background, who will provide technical assistance, and support to the management of the California segment of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail while working closely with the District Cultural Resources Program in the California Desert District office of the BLM


This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic entry-level professional with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and helping preserve the culture and scenic beauty of this National Historic Trail. The ideal candidate will be someone with a strong trails and anthropology background.


The trail takes its name from the old Spanish colonies in northern New Mexico and southern California that were linked by this rugged route. Today, its remnants link Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA across six states and 2,700 miles. For more information about the trail please visit


Duties and Responsibilities:


The candidate chosen as the ACE Intern will work and live in Moreno Valley, CA where the BLM-Desert district office is located. This position is a hands-on endeavor that will take a very dedicated, focused, and strong individual capable of working independently and with a group.

The specific tasks include, but are not limited to assisting in managing the Old Spanish National Historic Trails in California, reviewing documents, coordinating field activities and meetings, assisting in compiling a bibliography of the Trail, preparing historical context narratives in support of project specific activities that may affect National Historic Trails along with providing assistance in various fieldwork.



Benefit to ACE Stop The Spread Education Intern:


·      Opportunity to work alongside passionate professionals dedicated to the conservation of our public resources

·      Exposure to a potential career path within the BLM or other government and non-government land management agencies, all of which value real world field experience

·      Opportunity to help preserve a national historic treasure

·      A weekly stipend, moving fees and housing with utilities

Qualifications:  Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, History, Natural resource management or a related field. Applicants with extensive hands-on professional experience but lacking a completed degree will also be strongly considered.  Most importantly, candidates should have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career within the scope of this internship. This passion for preserving the history of our land should be exceeded only by the ability to work safely for up to 10 hours per day in extreme conditions. The applicant must feel comfortable speaking to youth and adults at any given time. Candidates must be comfortable living and working in a remote area. 


The ACE Spanish Historic Trail Intern must enjoy conducting research and working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the outdoors as well as in the office. Organization, punctuality and attention to detail are critical to the success of this position, as is the ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time and think quickly on their feet.  In general, the applicant will be required to do whatever is necessary to successfully accomplish the goals of this program.


Other Requirements:


·      Must have a valid class c drivers license and clean driving record

·      Available to US Citizens and legal permanent residents only

·      Personal Medical insurance is required for the duration of the internship

·      Ability to undergo background check if is required by the Conservancy

·      Drug users, including recreational smokers of marijuana, should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing


Applicants need not possess every qualification above, however, one must be smart, highly motivated, flexible and possess the necessary self-reliance to figure out how to get things done. ACE interns must be fit, mature, safety conscious, and ready for a responsible adventure. 


For more info contact Shane Barrow at 801-946-2722 or


To Apply:


Please email a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references in one document with "BLM Spanish historic trail anthropologist shovelbums - referred" in the subject heading of your email to  Position announcement closes when filled; immediate consideration will be given as resumes and letters are received.  Selections need to be made as soon as the perfect candidate is found.

thank you


Trisha Singh





Thank you
Trisha Singh
Internship coordinator
American Conservation Experience
-946-5379 - Cell
1-866-604-9307 - Fax

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