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 (Service), is seeking ONE Biological Technician Intern (Fisheries) 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. The purpose of the internship is to provide direct experience in fisheries management. The Intern will work with the Conte Refuge and the Service's Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office to conduct fisheries management work throughout the Connecticut River Watershed. 


 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:

Intern will assist the Service's Connecticut River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office to conduct fisheries management studies on the Connecticut River watershed. Examples of typical but not all inclusive duties include:


  • Complete required training to electrofish, operate federal computers, and drive federal vehicles


  • Assist in the spring River Herring Population Assessment Project
    • Prepare all require equipment and gear for weekly sampling (April June)
    • Capture of river herring for data processing on the electrofishing boat
    • Processing of fish for data in the field, data recording, water quality measurements
    • Processing of river herring retained for laboratory, dissection of fish to obtain otolith bones and scale samples
    • Computer entry of field data records, summary processing of data and creation of data figures and tables


  • Assist in Wild Fish Health Program
    • Assist in lab processing of American Shad and river herring for fish health testing


  • Obtain require driving DOT certificate to operate the fish transport truck
    • Drive the transport truck to Holyoke Fish Lift and obtain fish for relocation stocking for restoration in target waters


  • Assist in Sea Lamprey nest counts, targeted tributaries are to be surveyed for the location and number of lamprey nests


  • Assist in the cleaning and mounting of lab processed river herring scales on to microscope slides


  • Assist in any potentially yet to be developed research activities the FWCO will be engaged in, possibly with river herring in 2018


  • Reading of mounted fish scales to determine the presence of spawning marks


  • Assist in data entry of activities including scale reading, fish transfers, lamprey nest counts etc., with summarization of tabular data etc.


  • Assist in other office fish population surveys, fisheries support to other partners (USGS Conte Lab) and general equipment maintenance such as net repair, fish tanks, water pumps and small engine.


Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of, or in the process of earning, an undergraduate degree in Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Wildlife Resource Management, Biology, Ecology, Natural Resources, or other related discipline appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the position description. We are looking for determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.




  • 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 USFWS Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early, or 801.573.8984

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