BLM Direct Hire Authority

BLM Direct Hire Authority



A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) internship is perhaps the most effective tool currently available to agencies seeking to expedite the hiring of qualified people in positions that must be filled quickly. It is a competitive and rigorous project based internship. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and ACE EPIC are looking to engage the next generation of conservation stewards. The program will raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility and the need for the community’s involvement in their preservation. By exposing interns to renewable and non-renewable land management careers and techniques within BLM, they will enhance employment options and career training opportunities.

This partnership addresses a fundamental component of ACE’s mission, and a critical need for recruitment and retention within the BLM. Through this program, ACE and BLM are looking to find the best talent from every background, providing the best chance at success for the partner and the intern. The target participants for the program are current college students or recent college graduates.

Not only will ACE look to traditionally under-served populations such as African, Hispanic, and Native Americans, but will also focus on women in an attempt to find the best group of qualified applicants.

This program seeks to partner with a variety of national universities and colleges that have healthy populations of diverse students to help usher candidates into careers as land stewards with BLM. The advanced and varied skill-sets represented in this program represent an ideal opportunity to train current or recently graduated students from all walks of life, and to provide on-the-ground experience required to launch careers in their fields.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria – relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment.

Minimum Requirements

  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident
  • At least 17 years of age
  • Intern must be a current student or recent graduate (within two years of internship end date)
  • A valid driver’s license and a clean driving record for certain positions (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Ability to function independently and with a team
  • Strong work ethic
  • High level of professionalism
  • Passion for public lands
  • Understanding of BLM Multiple Use Policies

2018 BLM Direct Hire Authority Position Map

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