American Conservation Experience - Member
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Cedar City, UT, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, is seeking 1-2 Wildlife Biology Fellows to assist BLM Wildlife Biologists in completing sensitive species projects. 

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in wildlife biology/conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Utah's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.  

Start Date: April 2017 (Term length TBD)

**possibility to extend depending on funding**

Location:  Cedar City, UT.

Project Background and Objectives:   The BLM Cedar City Field Office is responsible for the management of 2.1 million acres in Southwest Utah.  The renewable resources division of the field office is responsible for the administration of the range, wildlife and fisheries, soil, water and air, forestry, sensitive plants, and wild horse and burro programs.  The diversity of resources and issues surrounding them provide many opportunities for interdisciplinary and inter-agency projects.  Recent projects stretch across many disciplines, including development of grazing management systems, fuels treatments, Range Improvement Projects, Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation and invasive species control.   Please visit for more information regarding our project partner, the BLM Cedar City field office.

Compensation:  A living allowance of $600/week (a $15/hr Equivalent) if provided to cover the Fellow's expenses.  

The work schedule will typically be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week.  Some survey protocols will require an adjustment of the workday and week (ie. 4x 10-hour days), however bi-weekly hours will amount to 80 hours per week.

Position Description:  

The selectee will participate as an interdisciplinary team member to the Field Office's overall fieldwork and monitoring program for wildlife (Threatened and Endangered Species and General Wi9ldlife.  A person working in this position can expect to apply their education in various settings, learning on-the-ground field applications, BLM inventory and monitoring procedures, and uses of the data.  The technician should expect to learn about a broad range of responsibilities, duties and issues associated with the wildlife and threatened and endangered species management programs. 


The candidate will conduct wildlife baseline inventories to thoroughly document wildlife and wildlife habitat presence, diversity, relative abundance and distribution.  Duties and responsibilities of the technician include but are not limited to the following:


  • Assist BLM Wildlife Biologists with general land management and survey activities
  • Conduct protocol level surveys and monitoring for Utah prairie dogs
  • Assist with translocation of Utah prairie dogs
  • Assessment of seasonal migratory bird use of habitat improvements for long term effects monitoring (i.e. bird point counts, raptor nest monitoring)
  • Determinations of existing wildlife diversity, densities, and habitat utilization
  • Assessments of impacts upon wildlife and wildlife habitat as a result of vegetation treatments
  • Assessments of the need to mitigate impacts of a vegetation treatment for any species or class of wildlife on or near the project area
  • Evaluations of the effectiveness of mitigation as it pertains to wildlife
  • Conduct a variety of habitat and vegetation surveys related to wildlife
  • Assist with design and layout of habitat improvement projects
  • Assist with wetland and riparian monitoring
  • GPS/GIS mapping of wildlife surveys to include species surveys, colony expansions, nest locations and invasive species locations
  • Completion of maintenance of riparian and wildlife protective exclosures.
  • Assist with the preparation and/or review of NEPA documents.
  • Comparisons of habitat quality in potentially affected habitats before and after vegetation treatments

Qualifications:  Applicants must have previous experience and at minimum a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Required: Must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in back country foot travel.

  • Fellowship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only
  • Fellows must be 18-30 yrs. Old (Those 31-35 with a recent mast degree may be considered)
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record, and use of a personal vehicle
  • Fellows must have personal medical insurance for the duration of their participation with ACE
  • Experience traveling in a backcountry environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with public
  • Wildlife identification skills particularly the ability to identify a variety of migratory birds (i.e. sagebrush obligates and raptors)
  • Plant identification skills
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • English proficiency is imperative
  • Ability to safely operate a 4X4 vehicle in rugged terrain
  • Ability to utilize power tools (i.e. chopsaw)
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required


  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management
  • Practical knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources, combined with knowledge of the magnitude and complexity of GIS databases
  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources for example: range; wildlife; soil, water; minerals; and others
  • Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural resources
  • Excellent writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Utah's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired.


The Fellows must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.  

**Position may change/close at any time**

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:   NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early at or 801-573-8984


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