American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • San Antonio, NM, USA
  • $300/week
  • 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 Biological Technician (federally listed species). 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 is located approximately 100 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bosque del Apache is home to four listed species, the southwestern willow flycatcher, western yellow-billed cuckoo, New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, and the silvery minnow. In addition, the refuge hosts numerous water birds during the winter.

Established in 1939, the 57,331-acre refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside for the benefit of wildlife and people. The heart of the Refuge is 12,900 acres of moist bottomlands- extensive wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests. The rest of Bosque del Apache NWR is made up of arid foothills and mesas, which rise to the Chupadera Mountains on the west and the San Pascual Mountains on the east.

Start Date: May 17th, 2021

End Date: October 30th, 2021

*24 week commitment required*

Location: Stationed at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM

Project Websites: For more information about Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and their resources visit: . To learn more about ACE EPIC, please visit:

Compensation and Housing: The ACE member will complete 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $300/week distributed biweekly for food and incidentals. Duties will be carried out on a regular 5 day a week or a compressed work schedule. On site housing is provided at no cost to the member.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,097.50) upon successful completion of service hours and compliance with AmeriCorps rules. Additional enrollment is required.

Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-competitive Hiring Authority: Members serving on this project may be eligible to receive a Department of the Interior (DOI) PLC non-competitive hiring authority certificate upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours (16 weeks at 40 hours/week) and utilize their certificate when applying for qualifying federal positions within 2 years of receipt and before the age of 31. More information can be provided upon request.

Position Description: The Southwest Region has identified the Rio Grande as an 'emphasis area' deserving of elevated importance because of its significance to migratory birds, T&E species and high biodiversity. Bosque del Apache NWR is within this emphasis area and is also the only known FWS-owned property with a jumping mouse population. These survey efforts will help to elucidate water management needs and best management practices for several federally listed species on the refuge and ensure effective restoration of active floodplain habitat.

This position will collect valuable data on habitat use of the federally listed New Mexico meadow jumping mouse (NMMJM), the Southwestern willow flycatcher (SWWFL) and yellow-billed cuckoo (YBCU). In addition, the position will set up vegetation transects and soil transects, collect monitoring data, and assist with invasive species treatments and other refuge programs.

Specific Elements of this position include:

  1. Place and check field cameras within NMMJM and SWWFL nest sites, ensuring that the cameras are functioning properly and data on camera activity times is correctly recorded.
  2. Work with Ecological Services Field Office personnel and refuge staff with SWWFL noise disturbance surveys including organizing logistical parameters.
  3. Record NMMJM field data on habitat conditions, including implementing a soil moisture transect, vegetation structure/composition transect and photo points. Field work day may entail work in conditions with high temperatures and in areas with heavy mosquito presence.
  4. Manage data from the cameras. Data management requires meticulous recording of camera locations and activity periods and careful examination of photos to determine the species present. Roughly 20% of this position will be spent sorting and processing photos in an office setting.

Equipment Use and Training: The Refuge will provide a vehicle (for official use only) and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the intern is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the Intern is asked to use. Any use of chemicals will require pesticide use training as well as review of the label and material safety data sheet (MSDS) for every chemical used. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Heavy equipment (tractors, dozers, graders, backhoes, front-end loaders, etc.) may not be used by interns unless the Official U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service training and certification process is completed. Local training is allowed for small equipment such as lawn mowers, weedeaters, ATVs and UTVs. A valid state driver's license is required for any (highway legal) vehicle use. Since Bosque del Apache NWR is located in a remote location without available public transportation, a personal vehicle is required for personal needs.

Work Environment: The heat in Central New Mexico can be intense. If you have a history of heat stroke, please consider that the natural elements of this position may pose considerable 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.



  • US Citizen or Permanent Citizen
  • Member must be between the age of 18 and 35
  • 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, must be 21 years of age to drive a vehicle, have a clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is recommended for personal time off and getting to-and-from the work site(s)
  • Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and others and understand all safety precautions involved
  • 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, dry outdoor conditions
  • Ability to hike several miles at a time
  • 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


  • Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, botany, natural resource management, or other related discipline appropriate to this position.
  • 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

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, academic transcripts 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 Recruitment and Member Manager, 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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