American Conservation Experience - Member
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Sunderland, 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 (Service), is seeking TWO Biological Technician Interns to dedicate 30 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.


This position will primarily work on a Puritan Tiger Beetle (PTB) captive rearing project. The PTB is a federally threatened species, native to the Connecticut River, which is being conserved through a complimentary program of habitat management and laboratory rearing for reintroduction. This position serves as the laboratory technician in an inter-governmental co-managed setting. This position also works cooperatively with other staff from: the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge (NWR); the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, and other related agencies. This position may also help to support other Refuge Programs.


Start Date: April 1, 2018

End Date:  October 27, 2018 (30 weeks from start date)

* A 30 week commitment is required *  


Location: Silvio Conte O. National Wildlife Refuge | Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont


Project Partner Website: For more information regarding the Silvio O. Conte NWR and the Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, please visit their websites at:


Compensation: The ACE Intern will receive a living allowance of $220/week for housing, food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. Housing is provided on site.


Position Description:

This position serves as a laboratory technician who performs all day-to-day project activities, including invertebrate husbandry (extensive contact with PTB) and applied research techniques including data recording and analyses, as well as periodic field work for habitat-quality assessment (including invertebrate monitoring techniques & biodiversity analyses). This position may also provide support to other Refuge programs, including Visitor Services (e.g., environmental education), Maintenance (e.g., maintaining and building trails), and Biological (e.g., invasive plant control).


Puritan Tiger Beetle Work


  • Assists with the collection of adult PTB used in the captive rearing program


  • Performs day-to-day husbandry tasks to rear PTB larvae in a laboratory setting (e.g., cleaning equipment, constructing rearing containers and tubes, feeding adults and larvae, handling adults and larvae, counting, moving, and collecting eggs)


  • Collects and records insect husbandry data and assists with data analyses


  • Collects field data used to assess habitat quality including invertebrate monitoring techniques & biodiversity analyses data


  • Assist with the collection and evaluation of riverine substrates


  • Provides training and direction to volunteer workers who are participating in the project


  • Communicates instructions and ensures compliance with directions issued to other interns and volunteers


Other Refuge Work


  • Develops and improves refuge outreach materials including signage, brochures, programs, and fact sheets


  • Assists with public use activities such as interpretive hikes, environmental programing, and other projects


  • Conducts invasive plant inventories and assists with the mechanical removal of invasive plants


  • Performs trail construction and maintenance




Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Biological, Biomedical, Ecological, Environmental or Evolutionary Science.




A High School Diploma and experience supervising subordinate staff in a zoological setting complemented by rigorous data recording, experience with field experiments and either relevant undergraduate course work, or innovation of habitat enclosures and husbandry techniques.


This position must have the ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations to technical audiences, and other employees of the Refuge.


Must have the ability to read, write and comprehend complex instructions, with a strong ability to collaboratively solve logistical problems and problems related to biological systems. The candidate should have a strong ability to accurately record and utilize biological data, technical correspondence, reports and memos. Must be able to manipulate MS Word, MS Excel, and utilize specialized software.


Must be able to lead a field crew and work as a team member for safe and efficient field operations.




  • 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 (must be 21 to drive a vehicle)
  • 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 USFWS Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early, or 801.573.8984


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