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

ACE EPIC USFWS MA: GIS Specialist /Cartographer Fellowship

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking a GIS Specialist Cartographer Fellow to primarily assist GIS Staff maintaining boundary data, reconciling land records and preparing Realty related mapping.  This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a working knowledge of ArcGIS.

Start Date:  early January, 2019

End Date:   52 weeks from the start date                                           

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

Project Website:To learn more about the Northeast Regional USFWS Office please visit To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE Fellow will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $675/week paid out biweekly for food, housing, and incidental living expenses.  Finding housing is the responsibility of the intern (ACE & USFWS will help provide local knowledge of rental market, where possible).

Position Description:  

GIS Reconciliation - Percentage of Time: 10%

  • Assist GIS staff comparing Realty land records and GIS data elements to ensure tract numbering is accurate.

Create maps for the the Realty office - Percentage of Time: 60%

  • Maps are needed to seek approval for various funding sources to acquire property.Samples include LWCF Emergency Inholding requests, Appraisal maps, Categorical Exclusion maps and Recreational Access maps, Regional map requests and NWI related mapping.
  • Other data collection and mapping projects as needed.

Populate Encumbrance data Layer in ArcGIS - Percentage of Time: 25%

  • Review Realty tract record to identify encumbrances that exist.
  • Create shape files of the encumbrances using the most accurate methodology available.

Occasional field work as opportunities arise: Percentage of Time: 5%



  • 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)
  • Must have a valid driver's license, be 21 years of age to drive a vehicle, provide documentation of a clean driving record; and have a personal vehicle (recommended)
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and othersand understand all safety precautions involved
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills (e.g. structured decision making and issues identification skills)
  • A working knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Good organizational skills (e.g. data management, files management).
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check


  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a GIS professional. BA/BS in Geo-information related degree.
  • Knowledge & understanding of Cartography
  • Ability to read and understand complex legal documentation associated with land transactions
  • Ability to plot and georeference land descriptions found in various Realty documents
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies 

The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the FWS 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: 

 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 USFWS Recruitment and Member Manager, Melissa Early at (801) 573-8984 or

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