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

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking ONE Invasive Species Specialist Intern to assist the USFWS with invasive plant management duties at National Wildlife Refuges across New Mexico. The position will be stationed at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, NM. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources and/or wildlife management on our public lands. 

Start Date: mid February, 2019 (flexible)

End Date:    September, 2019

Location:  Stationed at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with travel throughout the state.

Project Websites: For more information about Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and their resources visit:

To learn more about the ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $220/week paid out biweekly for food and incidentals.  On site housing is provided at no cost to the intern.  Also, a $600 moving bonus will be provided.

AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 450 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,566.14) upon successful completion of internship service hours and compliance with AmeriCorps rules. Additional enrollment is required.     

Position Description: The intern will perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Invasive Plant Management: applying herbicide to treat invasive plants including salt cedar, Russian olive and Russian knapweed
  • Invasive Plant Surveying: Surveying areas for invasive species
  • Operate GPS units and ArcCollector for monitoring purposes
  • Drive 4WD government trucks
  • Educate public on invasive and native plant and animal species; excellent opportunities exist to engage and inform local community on resource management issues at the Refuge.

Equipment Use and Training:  The Refuge will provide a government vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the Intern is asked to accomplish.  Training will be provided for all equipment that the Intern is asked to use.  Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. A valid state driver's license is required for any (highway legal) vehicle use.    

 Work Environment: The heat in Central New Mexico can be intense. If you have had heat stroke, please do not apply for this position for health reasons.  Daytime temperatures are generally between 85 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with temperatures occasionally rising over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Local hazards include rattle snakes, bees, and rough, uneven terrain. 

Qualifications:   Applicants must have a degree or be pursuing a degree in ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation, rangeland management, other related disciplines appropriate to the position.  Illustrating a relevant combination of experience and education is also acceptable.  Resume and Cover Letter must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience needed, as defined in this announcement.  


  • US Citizen or Permanent Citizen
  • Intern must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • High level of physical fitness. Ability to hike in hot conditions on rough, uneven terrain. No history of heat stroke.
  • A valid driver's license, must be 21 years of age to drive a vehicle, have a clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is recommended for personal time off and getting to-and-from the internship
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and othersand understand all safety precautions involved
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
  • Ability to speak to the public
  • Able and willing to work alone and in a group
  • Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions, especially hot, dry outdoor conditions
  • Ability to hike several miles at a time
  • Capable of participating in sustained physical labor including ability to frequently push, pull, and lift 40 lbs
  • Ability to operate independently and in remote areas
  • Competent in Microsoft Office
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check


  • Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many steps
  • Skills and ability to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in the field or office setting
  • Skill in maintaining and safely operating motorized vehicles and specialized equipment including: highway vehicles, backpack sprayers, weed eaters, etc
  • Experience and/or knowledge with GPS equipment
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
  • 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 USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE and the USFWS 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.  This position may close any time.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Recruitment and USFWS Member Manager Melissa Early at (801) 573-8984 or

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