BLM Offers Internship Opportunity for Teachers

News Release
BLM Las Cruces District, NM                                                                   

For Additional Information: Deborah Stevens, 575-525-4421



The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recruiting for its internship program called Teachers on the Public Lands (TPL).  From June 1 to August 10, 2017, the BLM Las Cruces District will host one teacher for professional development and collaborate with them to design an education program for the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (Monument).  Teacher applications and resumes are due by April 8, 2017.


Interested teachers may contact Eileen Davis at or call her at 575-525-4306 to get an application for the internship.  Both application and resume can be emailed to Davis or mailed to the BLM Las Cruces District Office, Attn:  Eileen Davis, 1800 Marquess Street, Las Cruces, NM  88005.


The teacher selected to participate in the TPL will be required to complete a minimum of 160 hours, working with BLM staff to learn about the public land resources and develop an on-site education program.  In addition, the teacher will be required to complete online coursework through BLM’s TPL partner, the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver).


According to BLM Las Cruces District Manager Bill Childress, “we are excited to host a teacher this summer who is eager to learn about BLM-managed public lands and help us develop an education program highlighting the outstanding resources in the Monument.”


Upon completion of the BLM field experience and UC Denver coursework, the teacher will be awarded 3 hours of graduate credit and a $2,200 professional development stipend.  The teacher will also receive a $372 credit to cover the costs of UC Denver course and tech fees.  Stipends are typically distributed by the first of September.


The TPL program allows teachers to fully explore BLM public lands and develop education projects/materials that enrich their students with a clearer understanding and appreciation of public land resources. In collaboration with teachers, the BLM is able to engage more youth and promote its Hands on the Land program and outdoor classroom opportunities.




The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.