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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking GIS SpecialistCartographer 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:  May 1 June 15, 2019

End Date:   47 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).

 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:  

Populate Encumbrance data layer in ArcGIS - Percentage of Time: 45%

  • Review Realty tract records to identify encumbrances that exist.

Create shape files of the encumbrances using the most accurate methodology available.

Create maps for the Realty Division - Percentage of Time: 45%

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

GIS Reconciliation - Percentage of Time: 5%

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


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)
  • Proficiency in the use of ESRI ArcGIS products (ArcGIS 10.x) along with a working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS Pro usage. knowledge of ArcGIS
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills (e.g. structured decision making and issues identification skills)
  • Good organizational skills (e.g. data management, files management).
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and othersand understand all safety precautions involved
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
  • Must be experienced with data creation, editing, and quality control workflows and possess strong cartographic skills with a proven ability to create high-quality GIS maps and figures 



  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a GIS professional. Minimum BS in Geo-information related degree.
  • Knowledge & understanding of Cartography
  • Ability to plot and georeference land descriptions found in various Realty documents
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with higher graded GIS Specialist supervising assignments
  • Ability to keep work organized and communicate orally to determine needs and follow standardized procedures
  • Ability to read and understand complex legal documentation associated with land transactions
  • 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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