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, is seeking ONE Biological Technician Intern (Invasive Plant Control) 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 the management required to sustain a wide variety of unique habitats across Refuge units and partner facilities. The Intern will implement invasive plant control at Refuge units and partner facilities across 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, please visit their website 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 work under the supervision of the Refuge Invasive Species Biologist. Work will include invasive plant inventory and control primarily on properties in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The intern will also lead volunteers on inventory and control projects. Target species include water chestnut, Oriental bittersweet, garlic mustard, Japanese stiltgrass, mile-a-minute vine, and others. Control techniques will be both by mechanical (using hand tools) and chemical means. Intern will also assist Refuge staff with collecting and managing data, obtaining permits, and recruiting and engaging a larger volunteer force. Intern will also assist with other Refuge projects as needed.


  • Assist with habitat improvement and restoration projects that could include mowing, spraying, planting, etc.


  • Ability to identify invasive plants and perform mechanical and chemical methods to control invasive plants


  • Willingness to obtain Pesticide Applicator's License (at Refuge's expense)


  • Works closely with volunteer groups in ongoing outreach efforts within the local community


  • Effectively leads volunteers (of all ages) to remove invasive plants


  • Uses social media to recruit volunteers and publicize Refuge activities and events


  • Conducts talks and/or tours with various groups and may serve as an environmental education instructor


  • Ability to operate a government-owned truck, boat, haul a trailer, and operate canoes, boats, small equipment, and hand and power tools


  • Ability to use GPS, GIS, MS Word, MS Excel


  • Supports other Refuge programs in the Connecticut River watershed, including facilities maintenance, interpretive and educational programs, hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and other recreational management activities


Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or Wilderness Management, Environmental Science 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 including weekend work
  • 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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