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

ACE EPIC USFWS: One Lead Loon Technician Umbagog NWR and Silvio O. Conte NWR

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a nationwide Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking One Lead Loon Technician Intern to dedicate 26 weeks in support of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, located in Maine and New Hampshire, and Silvio O. Conte NWR, located within parts of the four Connecticut River watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  The purpose of the internship is to provide direct experience in loon monitoring and management at Umbagog NWR.  The position will be responsible for conducting loon monitoring surveys in accordance with an established protocol, and managing seasonal closures around sensitive nesting sites as directed by senior level staff.  This position will also be responsible for keeping senior level staff notified of changes in nest status, entering and managing data, and preparing final summary reports.  This position will require boat operation and requires the successful completion of the Department Of the Interior's Motorboat Operator's Certification Course. 

Start Date: May 6th; latest (earlier is ideal)

End Date:  * A 26 week commitment is required *  

Location:  Umbagog NWR | Maine and New Hampshire and Silvio O. Conte | New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut

Project Partner Website:  For more information regarding the Umbagog NWR, please visit their website at

For more information regarding the Silvio O. Conte NWR, please visit their website at

Compensation:  The ACE intern will receive a living allowance of $440/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.

Position Description: 

Intern will perform the full range of technical duties in support of wildlife, botanical and natural resource program through assisting with activities at Umbagog NWR and Silvio O. Conte NWR. 

Examples of typical but not all inclusive duties include:

  • Following a standardized protocol to implement the loon monitoring program at Lake Umbagog.
  • Performs on-the-ground inventories and monitoring of loons, analyzes the data and reports the findings; prepares preliminary analysis of impacts on wildlife for inclusion in environmental documents 
  • This includes conducting loon monitoring surveys and managing seasonal closures around sensitive nesting sites, managing data, and preparing an annual summary report.
  • This position will collect data on: loon territory occupancy, threats to productivity and survivorship, and causes of nest failure.
  • Enters and retrieves data from automated databases for a variety of projects.
  • Other duties include assisting with wood turtle monitoring. This position will require boat operation and requires the successful completion of the Dept. of the Interior's Motorboat Operator's Certification Course.
  • Attend trainings, meetings, and any other miscellaneous duties as assigned and interact respectfully and professionally with the public while performing field work.
  • This position is physically demanding as it is primarily performed in the backcountry and in harsh outside environments.  Fieldwork and data collection will require the ability of interns to work as a group and individually, often walking long distances during all types of weather conditions, and over uneven terrain. 

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a minimum of or in progress of an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or Wilderness Management or other related discipline appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the position description.  We are looking for determined, strong, and developing natural resource managers who are looking for experience working with land management agencies.


  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
  • Must be open to varying and flexible schedules
  • Must be able and willing to serve outdoors in varying weather conditions and participate in often strenuous physical labor
  • Must be physically fit and have the ability to lift/carry up to 40-lbs
  • 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 (required)
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and othersand understand all safety precautions involved
  • Strictly following supervisor's directions pertaining to materials, methods and tools to be used
  • Must be able to pass a driver's test, read traffic signs and fill out trip tickets when driving government vehicles
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Proficiency in English is required

 The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE USFWS Recruitment Specialist, Melissa Early, or 801.573.8984

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