American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Lacombe, LA, USA
  • $300/week
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with USFWS SE LA Refuges Complex, is seeking 1 member to work directly with the SE Louisiana Refuge Complex staff and assist with prescribed fire tasks.  

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in natural  resource conservation, wildland fire suppression, GIS, biological field work and/or related field who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of prescribed fire.  


Start Date: February, 2021 

End Date: 16 weeks later 

      **16-week commitment required**


Location: Southeast Louisiana Refuges  

Project Website: For more information about SE Louisiana Refuges please visit: 

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


Compensation: Each ACE member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $300 /week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. 


Housing: ACE members 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 of $1,612.43 upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required. 


Position Description: The Prescribed Fire Technician (PFT) will conduct prescribed  burns, including site preparation, and post burn fire effects monitoring. The position will  support the USFWS mission of habitat enhancement and maintenance for endangered  species through the use of prescribed fire. The PFT will assist on Wildland Fire  Suppression. The PFT will also support cross-programmatic activities, such as  environmental education, biological field work, Geographic Information Systems  mapping, planning, and equipment maintenance. 

The selected candidate will develop the following technical and other job skills during  their term:  

  • Practitioner of prescribed fire implementation and fire suppression
  • Knowledge of motors, pumps, various equipment, and the associated needed
  • Mechanical skills to keep equipment operational 
  • Use of trailers to haul equipment 
  • Ignition patterns for safe, manageable fire behavior. 
  • Use of excel spreadsheets, GIS/map making, and various computer data entry 

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 Fire Ecology,  Environmental Studies, Wildlife Biology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, or  other related field of study.  


  • 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 
  • Knowledge of the USFWS mission 


  • Education in fire ecology, environmental education, natural resource  conservation or related field 
  • Experience in wildland fire suppression, biological field work, equipment  maintenance 
  • Education and/or experience using Geographic Information Systems, mapping,  planning 


ACE Emerging Professionals must be willing to represent ACE and the partner  organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. 

Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time  during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State  law or qualified medical marijuana card status. 


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 Division Support Specialist Dave Hecker,, 801.386.1629.  


EEO: 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.

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