Title: Natural Resource Assistant (Adjudication) (2 positions)
Start/End Date: November 26, 2018 – October 25, 2019 (anticipated)
Stipend: $500/week (+Education Award)
Term: 48 weeks
Reports To: JulieAnn Serrano (Supervisory Land Law Examiner)
Location: BLM New Mexico State Office (301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508)
Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (90% office work and 10% Travel)
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $5,815; Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the internship. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps child care assistance.
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. CCNM has a program office in Las Cruces.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico State Office is seeking two qualified individuals to work closely with the BLM Adjudication staff in two primary areas; oil and gas leasing and post leasing actions.
For oil and gas leasing, participants will work on uploading lease stipulations into the National Fluids Lease Sale System (NFLSS). They will also assist the Lead Land Law Examiner with adjudicating Expressions of Interest (EOI’s). This involves verifying that any lands that are nominated are available for leasing. The participants will also help to develop a tracking system to chart EOI’s that are pending Surface Management Agencies (SMA) concurrence.
For post-leasing actions, the participants will assist in reviewing documents for Record Title and Operating Rights transfer, bond acceptance and terminations, name changes and mergers. The participants are expected to follow current BLM regulations when processing these actions.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Assist the Lead Land Law Examiner in uploading stipulations into NFLSS.
• Assist with adjudicating EOI’s using GIS, oil and gas master title plats, LR2000 and regulations.
• Help create a tracking database for pending EOI’s using Excel Spreadsheet or some other method.
• Assist with the preparation of administrative records.
• Utilize data, systems and applications to collect, enter, manipulate, update and maintain data according to prescribed BLM and program standards and procedures.
• Help adjudicate routine mineral leasing applications filed for technical accuracy and legal adequacy.
• Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in natural resource management, environmental policy, geographic information science (GIS), or a related field.
• Minimum 1 year of experience in a related field or specific duty as outlined above.
• Applicants must have strong written and oral skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS.
• Applicants should demonstrate strong organizational skills, have experience working as part of a team, be able to work well with others in a professional setting, and be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period.
• An understanding of federal land resource management policies, including NEPA.
• Applicants must pass a DOI security background check, and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
• Teamwork oriented with clear, direct communication and interpersonal skills.
• Previous experience with a Corps or youth serving organization.
• 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. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms.
• 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.
• When in office, the position is near several other professional employees, and the participant must tolerate an average amount of conversation, telephone, and other office distractions and background noise.
• Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
• Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff.
• Appropriately represent Conservation Corps New Mexico, the BLM and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.
• Participants will conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner during all interactions with BLM employees, state agencies, operators, and members of the public.
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.
• Ability to 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.
• In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.
A DOI background clearance must be completed before the selected candidate may report to duty. The BLM will provide instructions for completion of the clearance after an intern has been selected and will notify them when they have been cleared to start the internship. This process will determine the internship’s exact start date.
Interns 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. Interns must adhere to all government regulations and policies for operating equipment, vehicles, security awareness, and safety.
*To be eligible for a Public Lands Corps certificate, interns must be between the ages of 18-30, inclusive, at the time the individual begins the term of service.
To Apply: Please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with the online application at corpsnm.org/individual-placement-openings. If you have questions, contact CCNM’s Individual Placement Program Director Tucker Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Conservation Corps New Mexico, please visit www.corpsnm.org. Conservation Corps New Mexico is a program of Conservation Legacy.