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 Division of Realty program to ensure that land acquisition practices continue to comply with Federal policies and practices. With guidance from experienced realty staff, the selected fellow will research, resolve, and confirm that public land title records are organized and up-to-date. The fellow will gain an understanding of USFWS'sland 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 policy or legal background, and an interest in real property, environmental law, or environmental policy. Those with an undergraduate background or experience in environmental policy or environmental social science are encouraged to apply.

Start Date:  January 2019 (Flexible)

End Date:  47 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 $675/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 landfor National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries throughout the Northeast Region. Methods employed for acquiring Federal lands include purchase, donation, transfer and exchange. Division staff routinely collaborate with other conservation organizations, including private non-profits, state agencies and other Federal agencies, to achieve mutual conservation goals. The Division also serves as the technical expert for administering real property and, as such, routinely provides guidance and support on such issues as boundary disputes, public use rights, and encroachments. 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:

Organize and prepare case files for review by legal staff: 60% of time

  • Organize Realty case filesand prepare them for legal review by the Department of Interior Solicitor's Office.
  • Work with realty specialists and the Solicitor's Office to resolve land acquisition-related issues.

Develop and implement file storage protocol: 20% of time

  • Research, develop, and implement protocol for digitizing, archiving and storing land acquisition files.

Assist in research related to USFWS land acquisition: 20% of time

  • Assist realty specialists in gathering and analyzing data related to property rights, land management, and other issues relevant to Federal land ownership.
  • Apply knowledge of landmark environmental policy, laws, and regulations while conducting researchfor land acquisition cases.

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.
  • Strong knowledge of the USFWS mission.
  • Knowledge of the Northeast Region 5 habitat types, watersheds, and wildlife.

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 USFWS Recruitment & Member Manager, Melissa Early at (801) 573-8984 or mearly@usaconservation.org.

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