American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • CA, 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 Invasive Species Treatment Fellow to dedicate up to one year in support of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  Tulelake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) are critically important refuges for migratory and breeding waterbirds utilizing the Pacific Flyway. Peak waterfowl populations have historically been as high as 1 million ducks, and these locations have long been premiere destinations for bird watchers and hunters alike. The Klamath Basin provides a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, birdwatching, canoeing, and hiking. The refuge contains numerous Wildlife Refuge and National Parks, including: Klamath Marsh NWR, Lava Beds National Park, and Crater Lake National Park.  


Start Date: May 29, 2018

Duration/Hours per Week:  This position may last up to 1 year from start date, with a refuge option to renew. 40 hours per week.

Location: Klamath Basin NWR Complex, Tulelake, CA

Compensation:  The ACE intern will receive a living allowance of $600 week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.

Housing provided:  Refuge housing is available

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, please visit their website:

Duties: The invasive Species Management technician will survey and treat invasive species at Lower Klamath and Tulelake NWRs. Within the last 20 years invasive species, specifically, perennial pepperweed, poison hemlock, purple loosestrife, and Canada thistle have become abundant throughout the refuges. Poison hemlock, perennial pepperweed, and purple loosestrife effect reduce breeding waterbird abundance and may increase predation, whereas Canada thistle affects wetland seed and agricultural grain productions. Technicians will coordinate with conservation partners from multiple agencies to treat and map priority invasive species on the refuges. Treatment methods will include pesticide use, mowing, and hand-pulling. Technicians will receive safety training for using pesticides and will also receive UTV/ATV training. The completed work is expected to complement an envisioned multi-agency invasive species strategy whose scope encompasses areas within, and surrounding, both refuges. Technicians will be expected to represent the refuge's mission when interacting with the public and members of different agencies throughout the course of the project, and will work directly with representatives of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Siskiyou County Agricultural Extension Office, refuge staff, and Invasive Species contractors. A portion of time may be spent surveying invasive species plant communities. Technicians will also assistant on biological surveying, water management, or other miscellaneous refuge activities. 

Specific duties include:

  • Treatment of priority invasive species.
  • Document pesticide treatments on the two refuges.
  • Map and treat Early Detection Rapid Response Invasive Species.
  • Maintain and repair equipment and supplies.
  • Use ArcGIS Online and desktop software to manage all treatment and monitoring data.   
  • Assist with other biological work (e.g. waterfowl banding, vegetation surveys), and other Refuge work (e.g. public outreach) as opportunities and interest allows.
  • Assist with water management, included water levels, pump maintenance, etc.

Qualifications:  Applicants for the position will be in the process of obtaining a bachelor's degree, trade school degree, and/or experience in some aspect of natural and/or cultural resource field of study.



  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 30; Veterans up 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 regularly 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
  • Must be 21 years or older in order to drive an agency work vehicle
  • 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 company vehicles
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required


  • Experience with the use of ATV/UTVs. A certification for the use of ATV/UTVs in the US Fish and Wildlife Service would be ideal.


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 Recruitment Supervisor, Melissa Early, or 801.573.8984


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