Title: Outdoor Recreation Planner Intern (1 opening)
Start/End Date: November 2, 2020- October 29, 2021 (anticipated)
Stipend: $500/week (+Education Award)
Term: 52 weeks
Reports To: Kendrah Madrid (Branch Chief Cultural & Recreation)
Location: BLM Las Cruces District Office (1800 Marquess St., Las Cruces, NM 88005)
Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term
Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $6,095; Public Lands Corps Certificate; both with successful completion of the internship. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps childcare 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. The CCNM Individual Placement Program is managed from the Arizona Conservation Corps office in Tucson, Arizona. The CCNM program office in Las Cruces manages the CCNM field program.
The Bureau of Land Management Recreation and Visitor Services Program works to enhance recreational opportunities for the public. The BLM manages recreation resources and visitor services to offer the greatest benefits possible to individuals and communities and to better enable communities to achieve their own desired social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
The BLM Las Cruces District Office Recreation Program is seeking one intern to assist the BLM in connecting with the public to carry out the mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The intern will work with the Outdoor Recreation Planners and Supervisor by developing, mapping, and monitoring recreation sites, assisting with special recreation permits, assisting with trail planning and development, and developing business and spending plans for the District recreation sites. This work will help form the framework for management to provide visitors with the most positive visitor experience possible.
Essential Responsibilities and Functions:
• Create and update business plans for Three Rivers Recreation Site, Lake Valley Recreation Site, NM 404 Recreation Site, and Gila Lower Box Recreation Site.
• Conduct market research in the nearby areas to ensure that proposed fee changes reflect the current market values.
• Create robust spending plans for the District's recreation sites detailing what the revenue dollars collected will be used for in the respective recreation sites.
• Create functional operating plans for the District's recreation sites detailing objectives, goals, procedures and timelines of the Districts physical necessities. This plan will outline the expense requirements for day to day operations.
• Spearhead the public outreach efforts for the business plan to be made available to the public, stakeholders, and the corresponding Resource Advisory Councils.
• Work with the Outdoor Recreation Planners (ORPs) in assisting with SRPs, volunteer coordination, recreation use monitoring and planning.
• Associates degree or five semesters completed in Recreation Planning, Environmental Studies, Outdoor Activity Management, or similar field of study, or a degree in Business Management and experience with Business Plans development.
• Ability to communicate with public in a pleasant and respectful manner.
• Mathematic skills and ability to write clearly and concisely.
• Teamwork-oriented, motivated, and self-reliant with clear, direct communication and interpersonal skills.
• Applicants must pass a DOI security background check, and be 21 years old with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Ability to organize electronic and paper filing systems.
• Tour guide, teaching, education, or interpretive program experience.
• Wilderness First Aid training.
• Experience using GIS software and GPS equipment.
• 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.
• Ability to hike and navigate in rough terrain.
• This position calls for high levels of concentration. A moderate amount of travel is required to attend meetings, provide assistance to other field offices, and to provide or receive training.
• 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, training, and national service.
• 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.
• Flexibility, adaptability and capacity to work in a fluid, changing work environment.
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 and understand significant and apparent hazards, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during the exposure to the hazard. Ability to respond appropriately to stress or crises.
• Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
• 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.