American Conservation Experience - Member
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • $600/wk
  • Other
  • Fellowship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), is seeking ONE National Visitor Survey Program Fellow to provide logistical support in the implementation of a multi-year nationwide survey of visitors to national wildlife refuges.   


Start Date: November 

End Date:  48 weeks from the start date

*A 48-week commitment is required for this position*  (extension may be possible based on performance and funding)


Location: USFWS Natural Resource Program Center in Fort Collins, CO



The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. More than 560 national wildlife refuges exist across the country, with at least one in every U.S. state and territory, and receive more than 50 million visitors annually. Understanding and characterizing visitors and their experiences on refuges is a critical element of managing Refuge System lands and waters.


The National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Survey effort is led by the Service's Human Dimensions (HD) Branch, and will provide the Service with information regarding visitors' recreational, educational, and informational experiences, as well as visitors' levels of satisfaction with current services and facilities.  Ultimately, the collection of information from refuge visitors will help the Service to track and understand how some of the complex changes occurring within American society (e.g., demographic changes, stakeholder preferences) are likely to affect the future of the Refuge System. Refuges that have at least 50,000 visits will be surveyed on a rotating basis every five years beginning in 2018 (approximately 35 refuges/year).


Project Website: The HD Branch was established in 2012 with a mission to enhance the ability of the Refuge System to address the human dimensions of conservation through research, technical support, training, and capacity building. To learn more about the work of the Branch visit


To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:


Compensation: The National Visitor Survey Fellow will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a $600/week living allowance paid out biweekly for food, housing, and incidental living expenses.  Finding housing is the responsibility of the Fellow (ACE & USFWS staff will assist in providing local knowledge).


Position Description:

The National Visitor Survey Fellow will provide logistical support in the implementation of a multi-year nationwide survey of visitors to national wildlife refuges.  Specific work will entail communication, logistical planning, and project and team coordination to develop sampling schedules that ensure an adequate sample of completed questionnaires to generalize the results of data collection to the population of visitors for each individual participating refuge.


Duties for this position will include:

  • Act as liaison between Service project manager, participating refuges, and NVS interns.
  • Consult with refuge staff to identify sampling dates and locations for onsite visitor sampling.
  • Develop sampling schedules based on consultation with refuge staff.
  • Participate in pre-sampling visitor recruitment training.
  • Conduct weekly check-in calls with interns to discuss and troubleshoot any challenges or barriers to contacting or recruiting visitors for the visitor survey.
  • Travel to refuges to conduct visitor sampling as needed (pending travel funding).
  • Track program implementation, recognize potential conflicts, and identify solutions to logistical challenges.
  • Develop general and refuge specific cross-training opportunities for NVS Intern teams.


Qualifications: Applicants must have completed a BA/BS degree in social/cultural/environmental science, planning, anthropology, natural resource management, parks, tourism and recreation, statistics, ecology or other related disciplines appropriate to the position.  Master's Degree candidates, and individuals interested in enhancing their complex leadership skills are encouraged to apply.  Past management experience and strong leadership and project management qualities are critical to assure success for this program.



  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (35 if military service)
  • Must have a valid driver's license and ability to provide documentation of a clean driving record; a personal vehicle is not required, but strongly recommended
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on projects
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, including effective time management
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in an individual and group setting
  • Ability and willingness to represent ACE and FWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • Successful completion of a Federal criminal background check



  • Experience leading teams, including delegating tasks, promoting teamwork, resolving conflict, and evaluating performance
  • Experience identifying and addressing risks/challenges on a project before they become issues and addressing them
  • Knowledge of survey sampling techniques and methods
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural/cultural/social resource professional


ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.


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, 801.573.8984, or

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