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Bureau of Land Management: Youth and Internship Opportunities to Work on New Mexico Public Lands

Deadline: September 14, 2015

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) New Mexico has funding available to work with qualified youth conservation corps for the purposes of introducing youth and young adults to careers in the BLM and assist in fulfilling its mission. BLM is interested in working with youth, young adults, and interns to complete land management projects that enhance their learning by providing them opportunities to gain experience, learn about public lands, further their understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources, and pique their interest in natural resource and land management careers. Young men and women who participate in the rehabilitation and restoration of our nation’s natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational, comprehensive environmental field studies and service programs that advance ecological literacy, conservation, and environmental research in the areas of public land restoration, forestry, range, trail work and scenic treasures will gain an increased appreciation and understanding of public lands and of the value of public service, and are likely to become life-long advocates for those values.

Projects made available under this Funding Opportunity Announcement are developed in collaboration with the BLM-New Mexico Youth Coordinator and District/Field Offices with an emphasis on public purpose for the benefit of the American public and provide employment and educational opportunities for youth and young adults. These projects provide the participants with job skills training, education and/or professional development. Examples of types of project:

  • Field‐based service such as trail building/restoration, removing invasive species and habitat restoration
  • Support management of natural and cultural resources such as developing and implementing resource stewardship plans, developing educational and informational materials for visitors
  • Protecting wildlife and preserving lands and structures
  • Enhancing recreation opportunities
  • Preserving historic structures/artifacts
  • Natural and cultural resource educational programs and communication outreach
  • Visitor education
  • Interpretation of natural and cultural resources
  • Development of educational resource materials for visitors
  • Studies such as scientific, historic, archival, archaeological digs, oral histories, historic preservation, and habitat surveys etc.
  • Collect monitoring data
  • Restoration and rehabilitation of facilities

The primary focus of these opportunities will be Public Lands Corps participants who have already enrolled as a member between the ages of 16 and 25.

Amount: Initial awards will range from $13,000-$27,000. Between 2-5 awards will be made.

Eligibility: Qualified youth or conservation corps. The term “qualified youth or conservation corps” means any program established by a State or local government, by the governing body of any Indian tribe, or by a nonprofit organization subject to 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) of the tax code (26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)) and (A) is capable of offering meaningful, full-time, productive work for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, in a natural or cultural resource setting; (B) gives participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training, and support services; and (C) provides participants with the opportunity to develop citizenship values and skills through service to their community and the United States.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=277983

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