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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking ONE Visitor Services Intern to assist in support of refuge  visitor services programs at the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex. 

Intern shall assist with providing high quality visitor services to visitors to the site throughout the term, as well as education, coordination, and volunteer recruitment for the Visitor Services program and for the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival.  Every aspect of our outreach efforts relies heavily on volunteerism. This position shall be an essential part of volunteer recruitment and record keeping.  The person in the position shall also have the option of assisting with field biology projects and with fish production. The diversity of experience offered in this position allows the intern to explore which avenue they are best suited to pursue: biology, fish production, environmental education, media outreach, public education, etc. 

Start Date: May 2019 (flexible)

End Date:  26 weeks

Location: Leavenworth Fisheries Complex, WA 

Project Website:To learn more about the Leavenworth Fisheries Complex please visit

The Visitor Services program for the LFC is a critical connection between the Service and the public.  LNFH is the most-visited national fish hatchery in the nation, with 100,000 visitors annually. 

To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation:  The ACE interns will receive a living allowance of $400 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.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900-hour AmeriCorps Education Award of ($2,960) upon successful completion of internship hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:  

Duties for this position will include:

Environmental Education / Interpretation

  • Develop and conduct research for educational programs and products including a program outline and resource materials, pamphlets and brochures. Lessons and programs will integrate creativity and interpretive techniques for communicating refuge management messages
  • Greet and orient visitors to the site with a friendly attitude of service
  • Assist in preparing for, conducting, and clean up after the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, including (but not limited to) volunteer recruitment, assembly of materials and equipment, leading activities, etc.
  • Work closely with a Partner group, Friends of Northwest Hatcheries, as well as with other partners, to prepare for and deliver high quality outreach and educational programs


Habitat Restoration

  • Participate in habitat management and monitoring when possible, through the Mid-Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
  • Assist in maintaining the on-site pollinator garden at Leavenworth NFH
  • Recruit and lead volunteers on project to improve habitat at the hatcheries 

Volunteer Program:

  • Recruit and work with volunteers on a variety of projects
  • Work closely with hatchery hosts to greet and orient visitors and accomplish other tasks

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in wildlife biology, general biology, environmental science, natural resource management, parks and recreation, ecology or other related disciplines appropriate to the position or equivalent job experience in the realm of wildlife biology or outdoor/ environmental education.


  • Knowledge of natural sciences
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of small teams
  • Writing skills with an understanding of basic grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor and coworkers
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to work in very hot, dry, wet, and changing weather conditions
  • Willing to work varying hours including before sunrise or at night
  • Ability to carry up to 50 pounds while climbing stairs (this is essential)
  • Ability to record accurate field data
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software
  • Basic mechanical skills
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
  • 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


  • Education in wildlife ecology, management, or conservation science
  • Experience conducting biological surveys
  • Experience in wildlife monitoring
  • Experience in interpretation
  • Experience in environmental education
  • Basic GPS and GIS skills

Further Notes on the internship:

  • The intern has contact with supervisor, other Refuge biologist, research associates, interns, refuge staff, visiting research personnel, refuge volunteers, local private landowners, and the general public.

The applicant must be willing to represent ACE and the FWS 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 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, 801.573.8984, or

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