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

ACE EPIC USFWS: National Wildlife Refuge Trail Inventory Data Collection Team Members

Internship Location:     Nationwide/Traveling 

Start Date:                      Late September 2019 

End Date:                        39 weeks from the start date

*A 39 week commitment is required for this position. Early termination will result in the loss of AmeriCorps education award and Public Land Corps hiring authority*

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is seeking 10 Data Collection Interns to implement the data collection portion of the National Trails Inventory project at an estimated 175 field stations on USFWS lands across the U.S.  Primary duties will be field based, including remote data collection and processing; this includes a variety of spatial and other information of existing trails systems and sharing this data with the Trail Inventory Data Manager, Coordinator, and Project Leader.

The 2018-2021 USFWS Trails Inventory Program is part of an ongoing, nationwide effort to compile a comprehensive and accurate trail and trail asset database for all trails and trail assets located on Service lands so that the agency can make informed management and maintenance decisions regarding trail systems in the future. This is required by Title USC 23, which requires the Service and other Federal Land Management Agencies to inventory all public use transportation assets under their purview. Trails are considered part of those transportation assets.

Data Collection Interns  will be part of an interdisciplinary team charged with the generation of on the ground data collected across diverse USFWS lands.  Data collection will be done according to standard and concise protocol.

This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with GIS, trails inventory, or spatial data management background/experience. Those with trail maintenance or construction experience are encouraged to apply.  Individuals and teams of two are both encouraged to apply, as interns will travel and work in pairs.

Location: This is a field-based, highly mobile position requiring extended travel, supervised by ACE's Salt Lake City, Utah Office.  Interns will be traveling to USFWS lands all over the country.

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

Compensation: Interns will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week paid out biweekly for food and incidental living expenses.  Lodging and transportation will be provided during travel.

AmeriCorps: Interns MAY be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award for up to $2,960 upon the successful completion of service.

Position Description:   Trail Inventory Data Collection Interns will travel to an estimated 175 stations per year. This position is highly mobile and will require extended and frequent travel and the ability to be adaptive to ever changing locations, situations, and environmental conditions.

  • Participate in trail inventory data collection training.
  • Continuous travel to national wildlife refuges across the nation, spending 1-5 days at each location.
  • Conduct daily trail inventory activities, walking trails in all weather, recording trail data (e.g., location, length, slope, condition, deficiencies) using GIS enabled technology.
  • Provide appropriate documentation of inventory (photos, data points, reports).
  • Coordinate with the Trail Inventory Data Manager, Trail Inventory Coordinator, Trail Inventory Project Leader and others to ensure data is accurate and delivered in the required format by determined deadlines.
  • Participate in check-in calls with Trail Inventory team to report progress and discuss obstacles.
  • Assist the Trail Inventory team with other project-related tasks.



  • 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.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and brainstorm creative solutions. 
  • Willingness to represent ACE and USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.


  • Education and/or experience in data collection, trails construction/maintenance, GIS, or natural resource management.
  • 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.
  • Strong desire to enter public service as a conservation professional.

The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and transcript (required) 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: .  Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying with a partner.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact Trails Project Leader Talon Jeppson, at or at (928) 607-1035.

Check out our website and our Facebook page for more details about ACE!

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