American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Willows, CA, USA
  • $700/week
  • Other
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking TWO Habitat Specialists to help with a diverse array of projects at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in central California.

This is a rare opportunity to gain practical experience on national wildlife refuges. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in maintenance, natural resource management, or facility operations, and a deep interest in advancing their career goals in conservation and land stewardship. Habitat Specialists will be under direction of Refuge Managers who will assign duties on various National Wildlife Refuges within the Complex. Habitat Specialists will operate equipment and manage water levels to maintain managed wetland units and public use opportunities on units of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Start Date: January 2021 & May 2021

End Date: (18 weeks from start date)

**18-week commitment required**

Location: Sacramento NWRC, Willows, CA

Project Website: For more information about the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, please visit

For more information regarding ACE, please visit

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the ACE member

Compensation: The ACE Member will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $700/week paid biweekly. On site housing is available at no cost to selected candidate(s).

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: This position is authorized by the Public Land Corps (PLC) Act of 1993 and expanded by the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013. Members who meet basic requirements during their term of service may be eligible to receive their Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility Certificate to be used when applying to future federal jobs. Requirements are: (1) Member must be between the ages of 18 to 30 and (2) Member must complete at least 640 hours on a federally approved PLC Project. More information can be provided upon request.

Position Description:

Primary duties will include:

  • Assist with conducting and monitoring of habitat restoration work
  • Cleaning and maintaining ditches, managed wetlands, dikes, and other water control structures
  • Operating auxiliary equipment and attachments such as mowers, cutter bars, plows, harrows, sprayers, discs, front-end loaders, movable dozer blades, backhoes, wagons, and post-hole diggers. Careful and exact maneuvering is required.
  • Maintaining tractors and other equipment, including but not limited to, replacing chains and belts, cables, lubrication, oil, and filter changes, battery checks, safety inspections, and other servicing
  • Tasks involved with biological census work, building maintenance, and other miscellaneous duties within the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Physical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs.; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements. The Habitat Specialists will operate tractors and equipment on terrain which is generally flat with a number of obstacles such as trees, water control structures, swales, and signs.

Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday, but may include some Saturday and holiday work during the summer. This member may have projects that begin very early and/or go late into the day and may have weekend duties as well. Time off will be granted on an as-needed basis.

Equipment Use: The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge will furnish all tools, equipment, supplies, materials, and training. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. A valid state driver's license is required.

Position Environment: Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes can be encountered in the performance of outdoor duties. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/interns or resources. The member will be working outdoors and may be exposed to heat or cold, high humidity, stinging and biting insects, and inclement weather.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree in ecology, natural history, outdoor recreation, natural resource management, or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. High School graduates or holders of a GED will also be considered. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Resumes must contain enough information to show that the applicant meets the experience as defined in the internship announcement.

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicles). PLC eligibility for those 30 years of age and under
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation
  • Experience and training in operating tractors and other construction equipment
  • Knowledgeable in water management
  • Commitment to completing tasks thoroughly and on time.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Ability and interest in working in the field with variable weather conditions and ability to lift 40 lbs. and walk long distances over uneven, wet surfaces.
  • Must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS 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 Recruitment and Member Manger, Dave Hecker, 801.386.1629, or

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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