American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Cedar City, UT, USA
  • Fellowship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, is seeking ONE Wildlife Biology Fellow for 12~15 weeks to assist BLM Wildlife Biologists in completing sensitive species projects. 

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic professionals with a background in wildlife biology/conservation, ecology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and the stewardship of Utah's natural resources through purposeful fieldwork and research.  


Start Date: ASAP

End Date:  position ends September 30th, 2018 (possiblity of extension as funds allow)

Location: Cedar City, UT.


 Project Background and Objectives:  The Fellow will work out of the Cedar City Field Office, primarily in support of the Color Country District's "Utah prairie dog recovery program."  Incumbent will be expected to work independently, as well as in small groups.  Overall, the Fellow will assist with a broad range of duties, combining field and office work (data entry and report writing). Regular tasks include implementing the Utah prairie dog inventory and monitoring program, which includes a wide variety of both population and habitat monitoring.  ArcGIS 10.x and GPS are used extensively for the monitoring protocol. After a training period, this work will be done with a great deal of independence. Please visit for more information regarding our project partner, the BLM Cedar City field office.


Compensation:  A living allowance of $600/week if provided to cover the Fellow's expenses. Housing is not provided.

The work schedule will typically be 8-10 hours/day, 4-5 days/week. Some survey protocols will require an adjustment of the workday and week (ie. 4x 10-hour days), however bi-weekly hours will amount to 80 hours per week.


Position Description:  Under the direction and supervision of the BLM Wildlife Biologist the Fellows will primarily assist with field work (75-85%), although at times (20-25%) there will be office work including project research, GIS, and data entry. The fellow must be willing, able, and comfortable being exposed to summer heat and winter rains, wood ticks and insects, using hand tools and power equipment, cattle and other livestock, and other potential hazards commensurate with land management activities.

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the BLM biologist with general land management and survey activities.
  • Conducting protocol surveys and monitoring for Utah prairie dogs.
  • Assisting with translocation of Utah prairie dogs.
  • Conducting variety of habitat and vegetation surveys related to wildlife, sensitive species, and rangeland health. 
  • Assist with design and layout of habitat improvement projects.
  • Wetland and riparian monitoring including monitoring restoration efforts at previous project sites.
  • GPS/GIS mapping of wildlife surveys to include species surveys, colony expansions, nest locations, invasive species locations, and wetlands boundaries.
  • Operating 4x4 BLM pick-up truck.
  • Operating common hand and power tools (e.g. chain saws and weed whackers) to control vegetation.
  • Completion of maintenance for range improvements, riparian, and wildlife protective enclosures. 
  • Assisting with the preparation and/or review of NEPA documents.


Qualifications:  Applicants must have previous experience and at least a B.S. degree in Wildlife Biology, Biological Sciences, Natural Resource Management or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  Candidates with Master's Degrees and an interest in a career in public lands management are strongly encouraged to apply. 


  • Fellows must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 21-35 years old (driving is required for this position)
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record
    • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
  • Experience traveling in a backcountry environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact with public
  • Plant identification skills
  • Must have Telemetry Experience
  • Ability to work alone/in a small group with minimal supervision
  • Experience and/or ability to learn use of GPS unit
  • General computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors and be capable of lifting 50 lbs
  • Must be able to take initiative, work independently, and participate in collaborative efforts
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals
  • English proficiency is imperative
  • Fellows must have a high a high fitness level and an interest in backcountry travel on foot
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required


  • Ability to apply GIS and related technology in support of natural resource management
  • Practical knowledge of the techniques used in the analysis of multiple resources, combined with knowledge of the magnitude and complexity of GIS databases
  • Practical knowledge of the general land use-planning process and land management programs
  • Knowledge of the interrelationships of various natural and cultural resources for example: range; wildlife; soil, water; minerals; and others
  • Ability to communicate clearly with planners, resource specialists, managers, and peer professionals in Federal, State, and local agencies
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary group in a knowledgeable and accurate manner
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in trail inventory and assessment
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged and welcome
  • A strong demonstrated interest and/or education in the field of natural and cultural resources
  • Excellent writing, research, public speaking, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Utah's public lands, cultural and historic resources, and natural environments is desired
    The Fellows 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 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Recruitment Specialist, Erin Mounce at 385-266-7483 or at

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