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Bureau of Land Management

Wildland Firefighter

May - August 2021 • Rock Springs, WY

What I liked

The work was extremely rewarding and satisfying to do.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had a more active summer.

Advice

Make sure you are in good shape before the job, it will help you enormously.
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Wild horse and burro technician

May - August 2017 • Cedar City, UT

What I liked

I really liked my supervisor and the people I worked with and I just loved to get out in the field everyday.

What I wish was different

I wish that I could have done more useful things actually building fence or developing springs rather than driving around monitoring horses

Advice

It's different than other BLM internships so be prepared to be versatile and do different jobs everyday.
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Wildland Firefighter

May - September 2020 • Safford, AZ

What I liked

Saving the landscape

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Try it
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Cadastral Survey Tech

June 2020 • Billings, MT

What I liked

1) Enjoyed being outside 90% of the time. 2) Working Environment was laid back, yet productive. 3) Paid traveling with per diem. 4) Flexible scheduling around my National Guard obligations. 5) Being able to explore the remote parts of MT, SD and ND.

What I wish was different

1) Less arbitrary restrictions due to COVID.

Advice

Connections are everything in regards with working for Land Agencies, ensure that whenever you pursue a career in a path, especially in one highly bureaucratic with limited positions, that you get your foot in the door sooner rather than later. If you must sacrifice a semester to continue your work. DO SO. It never hurts to benefit your career first than immediately return to school.
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Fire Dispatcher

May - October 2020 • Grand Junction, CO

What I liked

Learning new skills and programs in a field I hadn’t heavily considered before. Gaining wisdom and information from knowledgeable coworkers.

What I wish was different

Advice

Stay attentive and detail oriented. Being the central communication is vital. Don’t try to cram information all at once. Take it one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
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Petroleum Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I really liked the opportunity to work in Washington D.C. It was a very different environment than what I'm used to and involved a lot of policy work. It was something that I realized that I didn't enjoy very much but I'm glad that I got the opportunity to experience it and learn from it.

What I wish was different

The mentor that I was assigned was very confusing. If mentors could be monitored more closely and possibly have stricter rules I think it would improve the experience.

Advice

Make sure to not get too involved in work! It's very important to do good work while you're on the job, but don't kill yourself working tons of extra hours when you're only a summer intern! Make sure to get out of the workplace and experience the culture of the place that you're at!
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Realty Specialist

May 2015 • Cedar City, UT

What I liked

Working on large scale industrial projects that cross or interact with BLM land.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have spent more time in the field.

Advice

IIC Internships are the answer. DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO GET ONE!
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Back country ranger

June - August 2019 • Whitethorn, CA

What I liked

It was really fun backpacking around all summer

What I wish was different

I wish it didn't have to end

Advice

Be prepared to work really hard
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Wildland Firefighter

May - September 2019 • Soda Springs, ID

What I liked

Everything, great crew, great job

What I wish was different

Advice

Push the limits, exercise as hard as you can
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Wildland Firefighter

July - September 2019 • Vale, OR

What I liked

playing with fire

What I wish was different

we got more fires

Advice

in wildland fire you make some good money
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Complaints intern

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Got to see what a government office job is like. I also learned from multiple people who were happy to talk to me about their jobs .

What I wish was different

Advice

Keep your resume updated and use some type of journal or diary to recall what you did while you are working.
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Park Ranger

May - November 2019 • Canon City, CO

What I liked

I really enjoyed the flexibility, independence and variety of this job. Each day was a little different, I could be doing lots of little projects or one big project. I liked working individually or as a team depending on the size of the project. I worked with other Park Rangers, Non-Profit interns, Volunteers and employees from other departments. I did everything from help expand a campground, public land cleanup, trail building to outdoor education programs with local schools. This job is 85% outdoors, working in the field is a lot of fun and very rewarding.

What I wish was different

A little better training in the beginning, I was left to figure out a lot of things on my own.

Advice

Working in the field requires you to be prepared for a variety of environments. Be open to new experiences, learning new things and getting outside of your comfort zone.
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Forestry Technician

May - September 2019 • Billings, MT

What I liked

I enjoyed working with the crew, I enjoyed the job, I enjoyed the travels and pay.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more fires to fight.

Advice

work hard and be wanted.
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Wildland Firefighter

June - August 2019 • Ely, NV

What I liked

The whole thing! It was An amazing experience !

What I wish was different

Advice

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Fire Prevention Technician

May - August 2019 • West Valley City, UT

What I liked

I loved that I got to be outside almost everyday and be my own boss. I enjoyed talking to the public and educating them about fire dangers and possibilities. It was also enjoyable talking to the people and learning new things they shared with me.

What I wish was different

Wish there would have been an opportunity to fight fire. I am a back-up firefighter and it was a slow season this year so I did not get called to service.

Advice

Take advantage of opportunities to network and meet new people, that is how new fun experiences are created.
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Project Leader for Indian Creek Bench Restoration

June 2019 • Markleeville, CA

What I liked

Great project with great people

What I wish was different

I wish here had been more people to help with the project but it was good without it

Advice

Volunteer more! Get yourself out there and build connections with people who are interested and motivated by the same things you are.
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Wildlife Biologist Intern

June - August 2019 • Yuma, AZ

What I liked

The relevant work experience in my field was beyond helpful in deciding what I want to do after graduation. The only way to know if you truly enjoy something is to give it a chance and see if its for you.

What I wish was different

The location could have been better than Yuma, however every location has its pros and cons.

Advice

Grab as many opportunities like this as possible to help narrow your interests and make some money at the same time.
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et

May - August 2019 • Whitethorn, CA

What I liked

Everything about the job; working in the backcountry Monday-Thursday, hands on learning experience, coworkers.

What I wish was different

Hourly wage instead of daily camping rate ($34/day)

Advice

If you have the opportunity to intern with BLM and you love trailwork and backpacking, do it!
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Forestry Technician

May - October 2019 • Pocatello, ID

What I liked

Very friendly atmosphere, developed a variety of land health survey skills.

What I wish was different

Advice

Make sure to establish a connection with the hiring manager by calling them before you apply.
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Fire Dispatcher

May 2018 - October 2019 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Awesome people to work with. Fun, upbeat work environment

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

The fire world is a lot of fun
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