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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is seeking 10 Data Collection Interns to implement the field portion of the National Trails Inventory project at an estimated 175 stations (350 total) on USFWS lands across the U.S.  Primary duties will be field based, including remote data collection and processing; this includes a variety of spatial and other information of existing trails systems and sharing this data with higher level Trails Leaders and Coordinators.

The 2018-2021 USFWS Trails Inventory Program is part of an ongoing, nationwide effort to compile a comprehensive and accurate trail and trail asset database for all trails and trail assets located on Service lands so that the agency can make informed management and maintenance decisions regarding trail systems in the future. This is required by Title USC 23, which requires the Service and other Federal Land Management Agencies to inventory all public use transportation assets under their purview. Trails are considered part of those transportation assets.

Data Collection Interns  will be part of an interdisciplinary team charged with the generation of on the ground data collected across diverse USFWS lands.  Data collection will be done according to standard and concise protocol. 

This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with GIS, trails inventory, as well as complex spatial data management background/experience. Those with an undergraduate degree, background or trail maintenance experience are encouraged to apply.

Start Date:  May 2019

End Date:  May 2020

Location: This is a field-based, highly mobile position requiring frequent travel, supervised by the ACE's Salt Lake City, Utah Office.  Interns will be traveling to USFWS lands all over the country.

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

Compensation: Interns will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week paid out biweekly for food, housing, and incidental living expenses. 

PLC Competitive Hiring Authority: This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Interns who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs. Requirements are: (1) Intern must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Intern must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request.

Position Description:  Trail Inventory Data Collection Team Interns will travel to an estimated 175 stations per year (350 total).This position is highly mobile and will require extended and frequent travel and the ability to be adaptive to ever changing locations and situations.

Participate in daily trail inventory activities and make sure data is secure.

Ensure equipment is procured, maintained and secured.

Notify Project Leader of anomalies, logistical and/or safety issues.

Coordinate with the Data Manager, National Trails Coordinator, and others to ensure data is accurate and delivered in the desired format by previously determined deadlines.



  • This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with background/experience in field work and/or trails work.
  • Those with an undergraduate degree, background or experience in these disciplines such as GIS or natural resource management are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent personnel management and team interaction skills including the management of complex data collection methods
  • Internship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Intern 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. Must be 21 to operate an ACE vehicle.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and brainstorm creative solutions. 
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.
  • 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 system of lands and waters managed by the USFWS
  • Ability to work effectively either in office or field setting.

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 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 & Member Manager, Melissa Early at (801) 573-8984 or 

Check out our website and our Facebook page for more details about ACE!

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