BLM Technical Geology Assistant - Santa Fe, NM in Santa Fe, United States

at Conservation Legacy
Location Santa Fe, United States
Date Posted June 14, 2018
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


Title: Technical Geology Assistant (1 position)
Start/End Date: July 16, 2018 – June 21, 2019 (anticipated)

Stipend: $500/week (+Education Award)

Term: 49 weeks

Reports To: James Glover (BLM Geologist)

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

Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term (75% office work and 25% field work)

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $5,815.00; Public Lands Corps Certificate*; both with successful completion of the internship. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps child care assistance.


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 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico State Office is seeking one qualified participant to serve as a technical assistant to the BLM Geologist. This individual will be responsible for assisting with and independently conducting fluid mineral investigations involving Federal and Indian lands. The position will require frequent and specialized use of GIS (ArcMap) and a working knowledge of Federal fluid mineral laws and regulations. During the term, the participant will also have the opportunity to network with other BLM field offices and state agencies and participate in policy decisions and initiatives. The BLM New Mexico State Office does not have available housing. Interns must provide their own personal transportation to the duty office.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

Develop custom GIS tools and procedures to improve Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing processes.
Analyze and document Reasonable Foreseeable Development (RFD) scenarios for Federal lands to support land-use planning documents.
Prepare professional quality maps, graphs, and technical reports.

Required Skills
Minimum Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in geology, geography, geographical information systems (GIS), petroleum engineering, or a related field.
Self-motivated, with strong organizational, math, verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work well with others in a professional setting, as well as independently with limited supervision.
Proficiency using ArcGIS and working with spatial data from multiple sources.
Applicants must pass a DOI security background check and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

Holding or currently pursuing a master’s degree in geology, geography, geographical information systems (GIS), petroleum engineering, or a related field.
Knowledge of petroleum geology and advanced technical software and databases.
Prior experience working in the petroleum or geology field.
Familiarity with Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly and similar principles.

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:

Participant will be based in the BLM New Mexico State Office and can expect to perform work in the office environment. Occasional work and travel may occur in field environments, including remote locations.
When in the office, the position is located in close proximity to a number of 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 Arizona Conservation Corps, 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 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.

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.

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. 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 21-30, 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. If you have questions, contact AZCC’s Individual Placement Program Director Tucker Herbert at

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