American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • National Park Service
  • Glen Jean, WV, USA
  • Internship
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with New River Gorge (NERI) National River in West Virginia is seeking ONE Wildlife Intern to dedicate 12 weeks to the NERI Natural Resource Management staff. The purpose of this internship is to promote conservation through conducting wildlife surveys, assist with research studies, and data entry.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic, emerging professionals with a background in biology, zoology, wildlife, environmental science, and natural resource management who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through learning and commitment to the New River Gorge National Rivers' professional staff and resources.

Start Date: August 13, 2018 (flexible by 1-2 weeks)

End Date: November 2, 2018

* A 12-week commitment is required *  

New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, West Virginia.

New River Gorge National River (NERI) is located in southern West Virginia and encompasses 70,000 acres and 53 miles of one of the oldest rivers on the continent. NERI is home to a vast array of natural and cultural resources. Renowned for its recreational opportunities, NERI host miles of hiking and biking trails, premiere white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and camping.

Park staff also manages nearby Bluestone National Scenic River (BLUE) and Gauley River National Recreation Area (GARI). BLUE protects 10.5 miles of free flowing river and offers a rich variety of natural resources and history along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail. GARI protects 25 miles of the Gauley River and 6 miles of Meadow River. Known for its multiple class V rapids, GARI is one of the most adventurous rivers in the east.


Project Website:  For more information about the park, please visit their website at:,, For more information regarding American Conservation Experience:

The ACE intern will be expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $250/week. Also, a $250 reimbursement is available for relocation or commuting expenses.

The intern will have use of a government vehicle for project-related travel, though a personal vehicle is required for time off and transportation to/from the park. Housing is provided at no cost to the intern by the park and consists of a furnished house located 6 miles from park headquarters and 13 miles to the nearest grocery store. Absolutely no pets are permitted in government housing.


AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1538.36) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:  
The duties of the intern will be divided between assisting with wildlife surveys and research projects.

Wildlife Surveys:

  • Assist the wildlife technician with amphibian and invertebrate surveys for a research study that is determining the effects on an insecticide (imidacloprid) on these animal populations. This will require amphibian identification, measurement, and data recording. Must be willing and able to work independently.
  • With the presence of White Nose Syndrome (WNS), bat surveys have become very important to measuring population decline. The intern will assist with mine portal surveys.
  • Assists the wildlife technician with Allegheny woodrat surveys.

The wildlife intern will be trained in field survey protocols for the research projects, data collection, proper wildlife handling techniques, identification, CPR and first aid, and safety. Cross-training opportunities are encouraged and can include: water quality sampling and analyses, electrofishing, aquatic invertebrate sampling, invasive species management, vegetation management, and interpretive programs/education.

Physical Demands:
Since wildlife surveys take place during the early morning or late at night, the intern will be exposed to serving in dark conditions, where the terrain can be rough, steep, and slippery. Conducting survey also requires hiking into remote backcountry locations with heavy equipment on uneven surfaces. The intern should be willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions for long periods of time.

Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such asbiology, zoology, wildlife, environmental science, conservation, natural resource management, or a related discipline.


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-35 years of age (interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • Must have a valid driver's license; clean driving record and the ability to provide documentation upon request, personal vehicle is required
  • Desire to learn and apply new concepts
  • Ability to serve well with others and individually
  • Ability to safely follow procedures used in the field
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in physical labor
  • Must be able to serve independently in the field
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • English proficiency required


  • Basic GPS skills
  • Experience conducting field research
  • Wildlife identification skills including amphibians and bats

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 EPIC NPS Assistant Division Director Allison Anholt at

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