American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • San Antonio, NM, USA
  • $400/week
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary:  American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking One Invasive Species Specialist to assist the USFWS with invasive plant management duties at National Wildlife Refuges across New Mexico. The position will be stationed at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, NM. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in natural resources and/or wildlife management on our public lands. 

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, located in San Antonio, New Mexico, is one of over 500 units within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, the 57,331 acre Bosque del Apache was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover site for migrating waterfowl. The refuge is well known for the tens of thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks who winter here each year.


Start Date:  March 22, 2021

End Date:    September 4, 2021 

**24-week commitment required**


Location:  Stationed at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM with regular travel throughout the state.


Project Websites: For more information about Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and their resources visit:

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


Compensation: The ACE Member will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week paid biweekly for food and incidentals.  On site housing is provided at no cost to the intern.  Also, a $600 moving bonus will be provided.


AmeriCorps:  This position may be eligible for a 450 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,638.89) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.   


Position Description: The selected candidate will perform a variety of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Invasive Plant Management: Applying herbicide to treat non-native invasive plants including salt cedar, Russian olive and Russian knapweed
  • Invasive Plant Surveying: Surveying areas for invasive species
  • Use Collector for ArcGIS to record treatment data and monitoring
  • Operate 4WD government trucks and UTV's
  • Educate the public on invasive and native plant and animal species; excellent opportunities exist to engage and inform the local community on resource management issues at the Refuge.


Equipment Use and Training:  The Refuge will provide a government vehicle and the tools required to complete the tasks the Intern is asked to accomplish.  Training will be provided for all equipment that the member is asked to use.  Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. A valid state driver's license is required for any (highway legal) vehicle use.    


Work Environment: The heat in central New Mexico can be intense. If you have a history of heat stroke, please consider whether this is a good position for you to apply for due to health risks.  Daytime temperatures are generally between 85 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with temperatures occasionally rising over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Local hazards include rattlesnakes, bees, and rough, uneven terrain. 


Qualifications:   Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as ecology, wildlife management, natural resource management, parks and recreation, rangeland management, other related disciplines appropriate to the position.  A COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND APPROPRIATE EXPERIENCE IS ALSO ACCEPTABLE.  Resume and Cover Letter must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience needed, as defined in this announcement.  


  • US Citizen or Permanent Citizen
  • This position is funded through the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
  • Must be 18-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
  • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
  • High level of physical fitness. Ability to hike in hot conditions on rough, uneven terrain. No history of heat stroke.
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is recommended for personal time off and getting to-and-from the internship
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
  • Ability to speak to the public
  • Able and willing to work alone and in a group
  • Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions, especially hot outdoor conditions
  • Capable of participating in sustained physical labor including ability to frequently push, pull, and lift 40 lbs
  • Ability to operate independently and in remote areas
  • Competent in Microsoft Office
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check


  • Ability to follow assigned protocols to perform tasks with many steps
  • Skills and ability to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in the field or office setting
  • Skill in maintaining and safely operating motorized vehicles and specialized equipment including: highway vehicles, backpack sprayers, weed eaters, etc
  • Experience and/or knowledge with GPS equipment
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies


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, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, academic transcripts and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: 

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 USFWS Division Recruitment and Member Manager, Dave Hecker at or (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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