American Conservation Experience - EPIC & CORPS
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • MA, USA
  • Fellowship
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is seeking a fellow to assist their Realty program to ensure that land acquisition practices continue to comply with Federal policies and practices. The selected fellow will research, resolve, and confirm that public land title records are up-to-date and legally sufficient, with guidance from experienced Realty staff. The fellow will gain an understanding of USFWS land protection and administration practices through interactions with a professional staff comprised of surveyors, cartographers, and realty specialists. This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with a legal background and an interest in real property or environmental law.

Start Date:  October 2018; Flexible

End Date:   52 weeks from the start date                                           

Location: This position will be based out of the USFWS's Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Project Website:To learn more about the USFWS Northeast Region please visit https://www.fws.gov/northeast/. To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.

Compensation: The ACE Fellow will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $600/week paid out biweekly for food, housing, and incidental living expenses.  Finding housing is the responsibility of the fellow (ACE & USFWS will help provide local knowledge of rental market, where possible).

Position Description:  

The Division of Realty supports the acquisition of USFWS lands and interests in lands by purchase, donation, and transfer from other federal agencies. The Division further serves as the technical expert with regard to real property administration, such as boundary disputes, public use rights, collaborative conservation with other federal and state agencies, etc., in close coordination with Department of the Interior solicitors. The successful candidate will learn about the USFWS's process for acquiring lands or interests in land, and administration of out-grants such as rights-of-way, for both the National Wildlife Refuge System and National Fish Hatcheries. Occasional day or overnight site visits to National Wildlife Refuges and/or National Fish Hatcheries should be expected. Specific duties may include:

 Prepare case files for Final Title Opinion: 60% of time

  • Organize Realty case files; prepare them for Final Title Opinion by the Regional Solicitor's Office.
  • Identify and resolve outstanding title issues.

Develop and implement file storage protocol: 20% of time

  • Research, develop, and implement protocol for archiving and storing closed Realty cases.

Assist in legal research: 20% of time

  • Assist Realty Specialists in general real-property research such as deed examination and other legal research related to USFWS acquisition of lands or interest in lands.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Fellowship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Fellow must be between the age of 18 and 30 (up to 35 for military veterans).
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is not required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and brainstorm creative solutions.
  • Computer skills (word processing; digitizing and editing pdfs in Microsoft Office and Adobe suites).
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail (e.g., file management).
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.

 

Preferred:

  • Coursework or experience in real property or environmental law; familiarity with Federal environmental laws/policies.
  • Ability to read and understand legal documentation associated with real property such as deeds and title commitments.
  • Ability to apply innovative and strategic approach to complex legal matters in order to resolve issues, per Regional Solicitor standards.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field.

The fellow must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  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: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/ 

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 Supervisor, Melissa Early at (801) 573-8984 or mearly@usaconservation.org.

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