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

Internship Location:        Nationwide/Traveling 

Start Date:                        August 23, 2019 

End Date:                       16 -19 weeks from the start date

*A 16-19 week commitment is required for this position. Early termination will result in the loss of AmeriCorps education award and Public Land Corps hiring authority*


American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS, the Service), is seeking up to fourteen (14) National Visitor Survey (NVS) Interns to provide onsite support in the implementation of a multi-year nationwide survey of visitors to national wildlife refuges. This position involves traveling to different national wildlife refuge units approximately every two weeks. The primary responsibility of the interns is to recruit visitors for participation in a post-trip survey about their refuge visit. Specific work will entail approaching visitors in a manner that ensures an adequate sample for each individual participating refuge. Individuals and teams are both encouraged to apply, as interns will travel and work in pairs.

Duties for this position will include:

  • Participating in pre-sampling visitor recruitment training.
  • Continuous travel to national wildlife refuges across the nation, spending approximately two weeks at each refuge.
  • Approaching visitors following survey sampling protocols, resulting in the collection of a target number of visitor contact names and addresses per refuge.
  • Participating in check-in calls with the national visitor survey coordinator to report progress and discuss obstacles for completing tasks.
  • Providing appropriate field documentation (e.g., photos, reports, blogs) of the sampling process.
  • Remotely assisting the national visitor survey coordinator with project-related tasks.
  • Assisting with other projects specific to the assigned refuges as time permits (e.g., conducting visitor counts, assisting with wildlife surveys, removing invasive species).


The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. More than 560 national wildlife refuges exist across the country, with at least one in every U.S. state and territory, and receive more than 50 million visitors annually. Understanding and characterizing visitors and their experiences on refuges is a critical element of managing Refuge System lands and waters.

The National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Survey effort is led by the Service's Human Dimensions Branch, and provides the Service with information regarding visitors' recreational, educational, and informational experiences, as well as visitors' levels of satisfaction with current services and facilities. Ultimately, the collection of information from refuge visitors will help the Service to track and understand how some of the complex changes occurring within American society (e.g., demographic changes, preferences) are likely to affect the future of the Refuge System.


Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in environmental science, natural resource management, social science, parks and recreation, biology, ecology or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.


  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be between the ages of 21 and 30 (35 if military service).
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. No personal vehicle is necessary as all travel between refuges and on site will be in the ACE project vehicle.
  • Successful completion of a federal criminal background check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate orally in a courteous, professional manner to a variety of individuals (e.g., USFWS professionals, visitors, the public) from diverse backgrounds.
  • Willingness to represent ACE and USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.


  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a way that is clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate work within schedule constraints and handle emergent requirements in a timely manner.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS.
  • Experience identifying and addressing challenges on a project before they become issues.
  • Experience interacting with the public or customers.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Strong desire to enter public service as a natural/cultural/social resource professional.

ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

Compensation: The National Visitor Survey Interns will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a $250/week living allowance paid out biweekly to cover all food and incidental living expenses. Housing, and occasionally camping, will be provided at no cost to the intern at refuges and during travel between sites.

Americorps: Intern MAY be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award for up to $2,255.24 upon the successful completion of 675 hours of service.

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: 

NOTE: The current National Visitor Survey Field Teams have documented their experiences in a blog. To read their posts, go to Also visit:

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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