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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with USFWS-Canaan Valley NWR, is seeking 1 Intern to work directly with the Canaan Valley NWRstaff and assist withWildlife Conservation and Management Projects.

These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in Wildlife Biology or Forestry who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of Wildlife Conservation and Management.

Start Date: As soon as possible or May 15, 2019

End Date: 6 months from start date (mid November)

* A minimum 26-week commitment is required *

Location: Canaan Valley NWR, Davis, WV

Project Website: For more information about Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, please visit

For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: ACE Intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing:ACE interns will be accommodated in Refuge housing at no cost for the duration of the internship. 

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2960) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:

Environmental Stewardship Land Improvements- Address environmental threats through ecosystem restoration to improve conditions for at-risk ecosystems, such as improving public land, planting & encouraging growth of desirable native trees & plants, controlling invasive species, restoring wetlands and land habitats, & rehabilitating park recreational facilities. 

Restore of red spruce habitat for species including the Cheat Mountain salamander

  • Map and lay out planting area for 3,000 red spruce seedlings.
  • Advertise event to recruit volunteers for planting.
  • Stage all equipment and trees the day before at the planting site.
  • Coordinate food and drinks for volunteers that will be planting.
  • Plant 3,000 red spruce seedlings in April 2019 with help from volunteers.

Restore of quaking aspen habitat for early successional species including American woodcock

  • Map and lay out planting area for 650 quaking aspen seedlings.
  • Advertise event to recruit volunteers for planting.
  • Stage all equipment and trees the day before at the planting site.
  • Coordinate food and drinks for volunteers that will be planting.
  • Plant 650 quaking aspen seedlings in September 2019 with help from volunteers.

Restore of Canaan fir to increase the number of wetland forests on the Refuge.

  • Map and lay out planting area for 200 Canaan fir seedlings.
  • Advertise event to recruit volunteers for planting.
  • Stage all equipment and trees the day before at the planting site.
  • Plant 200 Canaan fir seedlings in May 2019 with help from volunteers.

Control invasive species including garlic mustard, Japanese stiltgrass, autumn olive, mult-flora rose and reed canary grass.

  • Pull and spray garlic mustard in May.
  • Spray reed canary grass in May before it reaches 6 inches tall.
  • Pull, weed eat and spray Japanese stilt grass in June and July.
  • Cut and spray autumn olive and mult-flora rose in August and September.

Environmental Stewardship Monitoring- Provide information to support stewardship of at-risk ecosystems such as through assessment of environmental conditions, providing scientific research and monitoring to assess the outcomes of land improvement activities, environmental changes, climate change resilience, and other impacts on the ecosystem. Environmental assessment activities may include wildlife surveys, habitat monitoring, water testing, mapping, and tracking results of interventions. 

Monitor and survey species of concern on the refuge.

  • Survey and monitor Cheat Mountain salamander, brook trout, vernal pool species, bats, beavers and American woodcock.
  • Follow survey protocols and complete data sheets completely and accurately.
  • Enter survey and monitoring data into databases.
  • Analyze data and write summary reports on conclusions.

Monitoring vegetation including tree plantings and habitat management results.

  • Monitor red spruce plantings, quaking aspen planting, invasive species treatments, shrubland vegetation and other habitat management areas.
  • Follow survey protocols and complete data sheets completely and accurately.
  • Enter survey and monitoring data into databases.
  • Analyze data and write summary reports on conclusions and possible management implications.

Monitor and map invasive species treatment locations and new infestations.

  • Map invasive species with iPad to determine the quantity of invasives species.
  • Train volunteers to up the iPad to map invasives.
  • Use data gather to plan invasive species treatments.

Monitoring water quality in refuge streams and river.

  • Calibrate water quality equipment for water quality monitoring.
  • Email volunteers to coordinate water quality monitoring monthly.
  • Analyze water quality data and report issues to refuge biologist.

Environmental Stewardship Awareness Provide education and awareness interventions to encourage more responsible landowners and recreation users, and engage a new generation of citizen scientists. Conservation members may provide public education and raise awareness about assets like natural features, ecosystems, and native species, and environmental issues such as invasive species, using public lands responsibly, and conservation stewardship. Members may deliver these interventions through school programs, public presentations or tours, outreach events, on-line information, and interpretive materials such as brochures, signs, and exhibits.

Provide environmental education opportunities for the public on the Refuge.

  • Help plan and participate in the wild school curriculum and field trip for the 6thgraders in Tucker County.
  • Plan and lead one Voyage in the Valley walk on the Refuge in the summer.

Provide interpretation opportunities for the public on the Refuge.

  • Complete posters for the Refuge biology bulletin board in the visitor center with topics to help the public understand wildlife, management and the environment.
  • Help refuge Park Ranger with creation of interpretive information for the public.
  • Assist in stocking brochure boxes when out in the field so that the public will be educated about the refuge and its programs.

Educate the public on many environmental education topics on facebook.

  • Use facebook as a tool to advertise refuge programs and events.
  • Help to develop a strategic plan for facebook posts.
  • Post at least 3 times a week on the Refuge facebook page

Volunteer Management Build capacity organizations and communities through implementing volunteer management practices and supporting and managing volunteers who accomplish environmental stewardship and/or community development activities.

Recruit new volunteers and enlist existing volunteers for biological projects on the refuge.

  • Use facebook as a tool to advertise volunteer opportunities.
  • Email existing volunteers with volunteer opportunities at the beginning of the field season.
  • Recruit new volunteers in the local community using flyers and news releases.
  • Use local colleges to recruit new volunteers.

Use volunteers to complete monitoring projects. 

  • Vegetation monitoring projects include forest inventory, invasive mapping and habitat management assessment surveys.
  • Wildlife monitoring projects include American woodcock surveys, brook trout electro fishing and beaver monitoring.
  • Volunteers will be used for environmental education projects including: wild school, voyages in the valley, bird walks, nature walks and story time.

Use volunteers to complete habitat restoration projects.

  • Volunteers will help to plant 3,000 red spruce seedlings in April 2019.
  • Volunteers will help to plant 650 quaking aspen seedlings in September 2019
  • Volunteers will help to plant 1,500 Canaan fir seedlings in May 2019.

Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science and Forestry.


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-35 years of age (Interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.)
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Ability to work alone and in a group
  • Proficient in English
  • Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
  • Wearing a clearly visible ACE-EPIC uniform component is required at all times


  • Ability to use computer technology to maintain and retrieve information from automated data systems, develop spreadsheets, and use word processing and statistical software programs in order to develop reports.
  • Familiarity with geographic information system (GIS), aerial photography and survey techniques, and global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Ability to communicate in writing in order to assist in the preparation of wildlife management survey summaries
  • Ability to operate small watercraft, cars, trucks and trailers.
  • Ability to use various specialized tools and equipment required to conduct wildlife studies surveys.
  • Ability to capture, handle, and tag or collar various wildlife.
  • Ability to work doing strenuous activity for significant periods of time, often walking over rough terrain and in muddy conditions; on rough or uneven surfaces; wading through vegetation choked marshes, lifting and carrying heavy objects, and in many instances during difficult weather conditions.
  • Collection survey data requires good vision and fieldwork results in exposure to such things as: poison ivy insects, sun, wind, temperature variation and many varieties of pollen.
  • Seasonal field studies involve considerable physical demands, such as frequent, extensive travel on foot; bending; crouching; and climbing; exertion from lifting and carrying equipment; and energy drain from cold, wet and windy weather.
  • Must be in good physical condition and anticipate the demands of each field trip. Occasionally lifts containers weighing up to 35 pounds.

ACE 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.

EOE: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. This position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Recruitment and  Member Manager, at 801-573-8984 or

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