BLM Planning & Environmental Coordinator Assistant

Conservation Legacy Published: June 18, 2017
Job Type
Full-time Freelance / Limited Contract
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Planning / Land Use /
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~ Public and tribal land and water management agencies and community leaders across America are increasingly looking to conservation service programs to meet their needs. ~

Conservation Legacy has grown rapidly over the past nine years, expanding from a single office in Southwest Colorado serving less than 100 people to five offices in four states serving more than 700 people per year. Each year Conservation Legacy receives additional requests for its services and now places members in more than 33 states.

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson. 

Position Overview

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has new policy (Landscape-Scale Mitigation Policy 600 DM 6) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also has forthcoming policy regarding mitigation. This individual placement position will support the BLM Rio Puerco Field Office National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator with an emphasis on mitigation and NEPA. The position will aid and support the NEPA Coordinator in educating the public and the BLM interdisciplinary team on this new policy.

  • Start/End Date: June 26, 2017 – June 22, 2018
  • Term: 52 weeks
  • Reports To: Angel Martinez (BLM NEPA Coordinator)
  • Location: BLM Rio Puerco Field Office (100 Sun Ave. NE #330, Albuquerque, NM 87109)
  • Status: Full-time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt (80% office work and 20% field work)


  • Assist the lead Planning and Environmental Coordinator with incorporating the mitigation hierarchy into land use plan and NEPA documents.
  • Assist with the review of draft land use planning and NEPA documents for consistency with regulations and policies, including DOI and BLM mitigation policies.
  • Assist with the identification of opportunities for landscape-level mitigation, for example, reviewing adjacent area plans for inconsistencies.  
  • Coordinate mitigation training opportunities or large document review processes (e.g. provide logistics support and assist with training development and review procedures).
  • Tracking and reviewing Federal mitigation policy development (other agencies, CEQ, etc).
  • Entering land use plan, NEPA, and mitigation-related documents into the BLM’s national database.
  • Assist with public review and outreach efforts (e.g. meeting logistics, material development support.
  • Assist the Planning and Environmental Coordinator with the review of projects proposed within Areas of Critical Environmental Concern and work with project leads to incorporate mitigation strategies into projects.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in environmental policy, natural resource management, restoration ecology, or a related field.
  • The applicant must have strong written and oral skills with experience in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Applicants should demonstrate strong organizational skills, have experience working as part of a team, and be able to work well with others in a professional setting.
  • An understanding of federal land resource management policies, including NEPA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in one of the environmental related fields listed above.
  • Teamwork oriented with clear, direct communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants must pass a DOI security background check, and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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. 
  • 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. Members must commit to participating in all crew/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable. 
  • 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.

Background Check:

  • 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.
  • 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.  

Substance Free:

  • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. 

Compensation: $25/hr. Health Insurance, Federal Holidays off.


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