American Conservation Experience - Member
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • MA, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking ONE Maintenance Fellowship to dedicate 50 weeks in support of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, located within parts of the four Connecticut River watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  The purpose of the internship is to provide direct experience in the management and maintenance required to sustain a wide variety of unique habitats across refuge units and partner facilities.  Some examples of the project work required include maintaining the facilities, grounds, and trails, assisting with the operating and up keeping vehicles and tools, and assisting with repairs on-site. Opportunities to occasionally assist the biological staff are also available.

Start Date:    April 2018 (flexible for the right candidates)

End Date:      50 weeks from start date

* A 50 week commitment is required *  


Location:  Silvio Conte O. National Wildlife Refuge |  Vermont


The Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte NFWR is located in what is known as the Northeast Kingdom. The 42 square mile refuge is ringed my forested undeveloped mountains and the Quebec border. The refuge office and crew quarters look out over the 10 mile wide Nulhegan Basin. The crew quarters has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is stocked with cookware and the building is wired for wifi access. The Nulhegan river is located less than a five minute walk from the crew quarters. The refuge is known throughout the state for its premier hunting and fishing opportunities. If a person is looking to submerse themselves into a remote refuge experience, than look no further than the Nulhegan Basin in northern Vermont. Local amenities are 15 minutes away in the town of Island Pond.


Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Silvio O. Conte NWR, please visit their website at


Compensation:  The ACE fellows will receive a living allowance of $560/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Housing is available on site.


Position Description: 

Examples of typical but not all inclusive duties include:


  • Performs maintenance duties related to a variety of Examples of duties which are typical, but not all inclusive are:


  • Maintains station grounds by mowing lawns, mulching, weed eating, and trimming Utilizes hand tools or tractors and skid steer type loaders performs work of spreading gravel or soils to rough grades. Conducts snow removal using hand tools, snow blowers, snow plows and tractor loaders.


  • Maintains walking trails, boardwalks and observation points by keeping them clean from debris, trimming encroaching shrubs and by making simple repairs such as replacing broken Installs and maintains display panels, visitor information and traffic control signage, and exhibits to assist refuge visitors. Frequently uses chainsaws to trim trees and remove fallen trees from trails or roadways.


  • Removes ice and snow from walkways and roads using shovels, snow blowers, and


  • Keeps refuge buildings such as meeting rooms, visitor center, shop, and refuge office clean by sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, cleaning windows, ensuring bathrooms are clean and have the necessary


  • Drives one or more types of trucks with rated weight capacities up to and including one ton in hauling cargo or passengers within government installations and over public Must be able to pass a driver's test, read traffic signs and fill out trip tickets. Follows safety and traffic rules and drives carefully to prevent damage to tuck and materials and injury to others.


  • Washes and fuels vehicles, performs such services as checking, changing oil and water; checking fluid levels in crankcases, power steering, transmissions, batteries, radiators, braking systems,


  • Assist in the repair of vehicles and equipment (replaces fan belts, hoses, and similar items).


  • Assist with the maintenance of boats and marine engines, performs such services as checking, changing oil; changing and checking gear case lubricants, power steering fluids, batteries, trailer braking systems, trailer lights, boat navigation lights,


  • Assists in lifting, carrying, holding materials and performing other related tasks in renovation of building interiors and exteriors, and the replacement of worn plumbing fixtures; performs minor and simple tasks in the removal and replacement of broken window panes and repairs minor leaks in old roofs on buildings, warehouses, offices and


  • Assists in minor electrical maintenance and repairs by changing light bulbs, replacing light fixtures, electrical switches and electrical


  • Assists in the installation, repair and alteration of: cabinets, doors, hardware (such as hinges, catches), interior trim, sheetrock, baseboards, tile, linoleum , by holding bracing materials, handling tools, materials or fittings. Uses a variety of wood working tools to cut boards to length, as well as accomplishing shaping, sanding and finishing work.


  • Prepares and paints interior and exterior building surfaces by scraping or brushing to remove old paint and applying new paint or sealant through use of brushes, rollers or Work is outlined by supervisor, including materials, methods and tools to be used.


  • Assists in mixing and pouring cement and in the construction of very simple Performs simple and routine tasks in the leveling of concrete projects such as walls, slabs, walks, curbs. Helper is not responsible for determining proper mixture to achieve structured strength; appearance, nor prescribed longevity.


  • Cleans machinery with wire brush and paints Prepares surfaces and paints interior and exterior of buildings using brush, roller, or spray gun when work is completely outlined by supervisor, including materials, methods and tools to be used.


  • Assures that necessary safety equipment is on hand and adequate supplies are available in accessible locations for field


  • Assists the Safety Officer to perform safety related duties such as the inspection of buildings, vehicles, and equipment, inspecting and checking fire extinguishers, properly storing chemicals, and assisting Safety Officer to meet refuge safety


  • Mixing or blending of paint for desired application consistency is usually done by immediate supervisor.


  • Operates single-frame trucks with gross vehicle weights of 7,000 to 22,000 pounds, and a load capacity of one to four These vehicles have up to five forward speeds and up to six driving wheels and may be equipped with power takeoff, a winch and other special purpose levers or controls. Included are such vehicles as cargo, van, and stake trucks, and 10-20 passenger buses.


  • Hauls supplies, building materials, water or earth over all types of roads and Vehicles are driven in all types of traffic conditions, through open fields, over rough terrain, congested highways, etc., depending on the type of vehicle operated and the purpose for which it is operated. Employee loads and unloads vehicle as necessary.







Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will hold a trade school degree (or be enrolled in a trade school), and/or relevant experience in the "skilled trades" or some aspect of natural resource study.



  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
  • Must be open to varying and flexible schedules
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labor
  • Must be physically fit and have the ability to lift/carry up to 40-lbs
  • Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle (required)
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and others and understand all safety precautions involved
  • Strictly following supervisor's directions pertaining to materials, methods and tools to be used
  • Must be able to pass a driver's test, read traffic signs and fill out trip tickets when driving government vehicles
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required


The interns 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


To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:


NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE FWS Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early, or 801.573.8984


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