Conservation Legacy BLM Natural Resource Mitigation Assistant - Santa Fe, NM in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Job Description

Title: Natural Resource Mitigation Assistant (1 position)

*Start/End Date: *August 28, 2017 – March 2, 2018

*Salary: *$19/hour

*Term: *27 weeks

*Reports To: *Becky Hunt (Natural Resource Specialist)

*Location: *BLM New Mexico State Office (301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87508)

*Status: *Full-time, Seasonal, Non-Exempt (80% office work and 20% field work)

*Benefits: *Health Insurance, Federal Holidays off.


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 Summary:

The BLM New Mexico State Office (NMSO) initiated an oil and gas lease stipulation consistency project back in 2016. Along with a number of other natural resource specialist projects, the lease stipulation project involves ensuring that the stipulations attached to oil and gas leases are consistent across all BLM offices. In order to complete this project, coordination with the various field offices is required to update their land use plans with lease stipulation changes while also developing and implementing a lease stipulation geospatial model for field offices to use when reviewing lease parcel nominations.

Other components of this project may include, but are not limited to, the following; reviewing documents in the fluid minerals program in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), serving as a project manager for leasing, providing technical assistance, data management, quality assurance & control for fluid mineral projects, and geospatial (GIS) work as assigned. All components of the project relate to mitigation by increasing efficiency and consistency in multiple use land management. The BLM New Mexico State Office is located in Santa Fe. Housing is not provided for this position.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Assist the Natural Resource Specialist program leads with ensuring stipulation consistency statewide.
  • Coordinate with the different field offices and Planning & Environmental Coordinators to update land use plan with the lease stipulation changes.
  • Help coordinate a review of the revised lease stipulations with the Regional Solicitor’s Office to ensure the enforceability of the new or revised lease stipulations.
  • Finalize and post the lease stipulations in the official record at the State Office, upload to shared drives and SharePoint, and enter into the BLM’s national databases as appropriate.
  • Provide field offices with ongoing land use plan revisions and amendments with lease stipulation consistency guidance to ensure that the revisions and amendments reflect national guidance. If needed, assist with public reviews and outreach efforts related to the updates to lease stipulations.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a lease stipulation geospatial model for field offices to use when reviewing lease parcel nominations.
  • Provide field offices with training on how to use the geospatial model.
  • Assist the Natural Resource Specialist program leads when needed on other components of the surface management program such as; reviewing documents in accordance with NEPA, serving as a project manager for leasing and other oil and gas projects, and continued implementation of the reclamation of abandoned well program. Required Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in natural resource management, environmental policy, geology, biology, ecology, 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 the use of 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or completing post graduate education in one of the academic fields listed above.
  • Teamwork oriented with clear, direct communication and interpersonal skills.

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.
  • 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. Members must commit to participating in all 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.

*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.
  • Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards.
  • 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 program activities and while on organization property.

*To Apply: *

Please submit an online application at If you have questions, contact Tucker Herbert at

For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.

Tracking Code: 834-984

Job Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 19.00 - 19.00 USD