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

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with USFWS Erie National Wildlife Refuge, is seeking 1 Intern to work directly with the Erie NWR staff and assist with Invasive Plant Management and Biological Monitoring  

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:  June 2019

End Date: 12 weeks later

Location: Guys Mill, PA

Project Website: For more information about Erie 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 $350/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 450 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1566.14 ) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Position Description:

Invasive Plant Management and Monitoring

Primary duties will include treating and reducing invasive plants (applying chemical herbicides, no chainsaw use); monitoring managed wetlands; assisting with forest inventories; Hemlock Wooly Adelgid surveys; waterfowl surveys; bat acoustic monitoring surveys; wood turtle surveys; removing beaver debris from water control structures; vegetation surveys; data entry; report preparation; light maintenance; and educating the public. This project will benefit fish, ducks, federal listed species, hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists. 

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, Fisheries, Environmental Policy, Biology, and Forestry or other related academic field.


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 18-35 years of age 
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicle)
  • A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Must have a valid driver's license, 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 others and understand all safety precautions involved
  • 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
  • Enthusiasm for the field duties


  • 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 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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