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National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Experienced Services Program (ESP) Participants (Enrollees), assist BLM at Headquarters Offices (HQ), State Offices (SO), and other locations. Enrollees serve in technical capacities and carry out a variety of assignments.

As a member of this talented group, you will help BLM to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

For complete information about benefits, policies and procedures, please contact your NOWCC Field Office Staff.

Ask your BLM Technical Advisor to:   Contact your NOWCC Field Office if you:  
  • clarify assignments
  • determine regular work schedules
  • approve timesheets
  • approve leave
  • approve travel
  • resolve initial problems
  • have problems filling out your electronic timesheet
  • have questions about the use of leave or other benefits
  • have questions about your paycheck
  • are returning to your assignment after an extended medical absence
  • have a problem you cannot resolve with your Technical Advisor
  • have concerns about your health or safety
  • are injured while on duty


Enrollment Agreement 

Under the federal statutory structure of the Experienced Services Program, ESP Enrollees do not have employee status with either BLM or NOWCC. Enrollees are not eligible to receive the benefits accorded to Federal government employees nor to NOWCC employees.  Enrollees are eligible to receive benefits listed in this enrollee handbook.

Before an enrollee can begin an assignment under the ESP, an Enrollment Agreement must be executed.  NOWCC ESP Program Enrollment Agreements are between the Participant (Enrollee) and NOWCC. 

Position Level Wage Range
1 $15.00 - $24.99
2 $25.00 - $34.99
3 $35.00 - $49.99
4 $50.00 - $80.00

Health & Safety

Because ESP Enrollees frequently work in field settings, it is critical that Enrollees adhere to the following guidelines for avoiding accidents:

  • Know the safety rules and follow every precaution to protect yourself and your colleagues from injury and illness.
  • Know the standard procedures for the tasks you perform and use all required protective equipment.
  • Report all unsafe conditions, practices and equipment.
  • Obtain first aid for every injury, however minor it may seem.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if seriously injured.

Workers Compensation

Report any work-related accident, injury or illness at the earliest opportunity to your Technical Advisor who will contact the NOWCC Field Office with details. The NOWCC ESP workers' compensation insurance carrier (The Hartford) will be notified by the NOWCC Field Office if necessary.

It is important to seek immediate medical attention if seriously injured.  For instructions on how to locate the Hartford's Preferred Providers and Pharmacies click here.

If You Leave the Program

A resignation should be submitted in writing, with notice, if possible. Remember to address your resignation to your NOWCC Field Office and copy your Technical Advisor.

Prior to Leaving: All BLM property must be returned to your Technical Advisor.

Last Paycheck: Your final paycheck will be issued to you in the same manner you have requested for all paychecks to be issued