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 is seeking Invasive Species interns to help with a diversity of projects involving  mapping and management of invasive plants. Two teams of interns will travel between refuges to assist with invasive plant work.  The work needed may be different at each refuge.  Time at each refuge is expected to be approximately 2 weeks.

Start Date:  early June

End Date: mid to late September

Location: Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Newington, NH (interns will be working in the field at different refuges for the entire time period)

Project Website: For more information about Great Bay NWR please visit:

Housing: Refuge housing is available

Compensation: The ACE Intern will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $420/week paid out biweekly. On site housing is available at no cost to the intern.   

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:

  • GIS mapping of invasive plants using a rapid protocol established in the Northeast Region
  • Searching for new infestations (Early Detection Rapid Response) methods may vary by refuge
  • Physical removal of invasive plants including hand pulling or with tools (not including chain saws).  Work may be conducted by canoe or kayak (e.g., pulling water chestnut).
  • Spot Application of General Use Pesticides (with oversight from refuge staff)
  • Assist with other biological work, and other Refuge work (e.g. public outreach) as opportunities and interest allows.

Physical Requirements: This internship position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.

Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday. This intern may have projects that begin very early and/or go late into the day and may have weekend duties as well. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours.  Time off will be granted.

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

Position Environment: Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes can be encountered in the performance of outdoor duties. The intern is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/interns or resources. The intern will be working outdoors and may be exposed to heat or cold, high humidity, stinging and biting insects, and inclement weather.

Training: The individual NWRs staff will be responsible for developing the tasks for the interns.  Trainings on the regional method of mapping invasives (rapid assessment using IPads) is expected early in the season.  Each refuge will provide a review of pesticide safety procedures and the protocols specific to the refuge.  

Refuges where the interns may be assisting with invasives management or mapping may include the following:

  • Back Bay- Southeast Coastal Virginia
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia- Virginia
  • Chincoteague- E. Shore Virginia
  • Eastern Virginia Rivers- Northern Virginia
  • Potomac River- Virginia (capital area)
  • Patuxent- Maryland (capital area)
  • Erie- Western Pennsylvania
  • Montezuma- New York
  • Eastern Massachusetts Complex (Great Meadows/Oxbow/Assabet River)
  • Rachel Carson (Southeastern Coastal Maine)
  • Great Bay (Coastal New Hampshire)
  • Parker River (Coastal northeast Massachusetts)
  • Steward B. McKinney (Coastal southwest Connecticut)
  • Missisquoi (Northwestern Vermont (Lake Champlain))
  • Aroostook (Northern Maine)
  • Moosehorn (Midcoast Maine)
  • Great Dismal Swamp (Southern Virginia) 

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing towards a degree) inecology, botany, natural resource management, or other related disciplines 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 internship announcement. 

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicles). PLC eligibility for those 30 years of age and under 
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; 
  • A personal vehicle is required for off-duty hours due to the distance of housing to office and stores
  • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions.
  • Commitment to completing tasks thoroughly and on time. 
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Ability and interest in working in the field with variable weather conditions and ability to lift 40 lbs and walk long distances over uneven, wet surfaces. 
  • Skills and abilities to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in a field or office setting.
  • The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner. 


  • Experience with invasive plant management
  • Experience identifying native and invasive plants
  • Pesticide applicators license is a plus
  • Experience with data collection software and equipment (ie, GIS and iPads)
  • Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many steps.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional.
  • Desire to explore the national wildlife refuges in the Northeast

 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 Manger Melissa Early, 801.573.8984 or



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