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

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 1 Biological Technician  Intern to dedicate 52 weeks in support of the National Bison Range, located in Montana.  The purpose of the internship is to provide direct experience in the management required to sustain a wide variety of unique habitats across refuge units and partner facilities.  The Intern will implement refuge management programs (Biology, Visitor Services, Maintenance, and Operations) at the refuge unit.

Start Date:  May 2019 (early to mid)

End Date:      52 weeks from start date

* A 52 week commitment is required *  

Location:  National Bison Range, https://www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range/       

Project Partner Website:  For more information please visit the National Bison Range website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range/

For more information about ACE, please visit: http://www.usaconservation.org

Compensation:  The ACE intern will receive a living allowance of $700/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly.

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: 

Intern will perform the full range of technical duties in support of wildlife, botanical and natural resource program.  Serves as a crew leader for specific projects, both in the field and in the office.

Examples of typical but not all inclusive duties include:

  • Performs on-the-ground inventories and monitoring of special status species and/or vegetative communities, analyzes the data and reports the findings; prepares preliminary analysis of impacts on wildlife for inclusion in environmental documents. 
  • Assists with habitat improvement and restoration projects for special status species, including but not limited to, seed collection, invasive species eradication, planting, watering and public lands clean up.
  • Carefully apply herbicide to invasive species under the training and supervision of a licensed applicator
  • Enters and retrieves data from automated databases for a variety of projects.
  • Attend trainings, meetings, and any other miscellaneous duties as assigned and interact respectfully and professionally with the public while performing field work.
  • ATV/UTV training may be offered
  • Online course in Adult First Aid and CPR offered
  • 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 technicians 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. Also, please attach a transcript to your application. 

Required:

  • Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicle)
  • 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 and provide documentation of a clean driving record
  • 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 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: usaconservation.org

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 and Member Manager, Melissa Early mearly@usaconservation.org, or 801.573.8984

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