American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Jet, OK, USA
  • $400/Week
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking TWO Invasive Species Specialists to assist with invasive plant management duties at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. 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.

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge covers 32,197 acres including an 11,200-acre salt flat designated as the "largest such saline flat in the lowlands of North America." The refuge was established in 1930 as a sanctuary for breeding and migratory birds. The entire refuge is designated as critical whooping crane habitat, an Important Bird Area, and a member of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

Start Date: June 7, 2021

End Date: August 14, 2021

**10-week commitment required**

Location: Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Jet, Oklahoma

Project Website: For more information about the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, please visit:

For more information regarding ACE, please visit:

Housing: Housing is provided on site at no additional cost to the member.

Compensation: The ACE Member will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week, distributed biweekly.

Position Description:

The selected individual will work alongside FWS staff on a number of projects during the summer, including but not limited to:

  • Invasive Plant Management: applying herbicide to treat invasive plants including salt cedar, pampass grass, johnsongrass and others
  • Invasive Plant Surveying: Surveying areas for invasive species
  • Operate GPS units and ArcCollector for monitoring purposes
  • Drive 4WD government trucks
  • Educate public on invasive and native plant and animal species; excellent opportunities exist to engage and inform local community on resource management issues at the Refuge.

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.

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. Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours. Time off will be granted on an as-needed basis.

Equipment Use: ACE and the FWS will provide a vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the member is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the member is asked to work with. 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/members or resources. The heat and humidity around Oklahoma can be intense. If you have had heat stroke, please consider whether this is a good position for you to apply for due to health risks.



  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • At least 21 years of age (as required to operate ACE or Agency vehicles)
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and others and understand all safety precautions involved
  • A personal vehicle is required for off-duty hours due to the distance of housing to office and stores
  • Ability to speak to the public
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with all ages and audiences
  • Ability to multitask and shift schedule and priorities to meet changing conditions.
  • Commitment to completing tasks thoroughly and on time.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and work well in a team
  • Attend USFWS ATV/UTV training after hiring, or have previous USFWS ATV/UTV certificate
  • 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.
  • Skills and abilities to resolve a full range of problems or situations when performing a variety of tasks in a field or office setting.
  • The member must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive and enthusiastic manner.


  • Pursuing or completion of a Bachelor's degree
  • 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
  • Ability to embrace travel opportunities as they arise to other nearby Refuges

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, academic transcripts and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:

NOTE: Academic transcripts are required for verification of related coursework and professional development purposes, as opposed to evaluating prior academic performance. Early consideration will be given as applications 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, Cody Dems, 435.315.7067, 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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