American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • AR, USA
  • $350/Weekly
  • Individual Placement


Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking a GIS Member to contribute to the development, implementation, and maintenance of refuge Geographic Information Systems alongside South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff. During this term, the ACE member will use GIS to assist refuge managers and biologists charged with evaluating, planning, appraising, acquiring, surveying, mapping and managing federal lands, which are habitat of ecological significance. The position will be under the supervision of the wildlife biologist. This position requires an understanding of biological systems and cartographic principles integrated with an ability to use GIS.

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Start Date: 09/2021

End Date: 09/2022

**52-week commitment required**

Location: South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex, AR

The South Arkansas Refuges Complex includes Felsenthal, Pond Creek and Overflow National Wildlife Refuges. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1975, Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southeast Arkansas, approximately eight miles west of the town of Crossett. Named for a small community located at its southwest corner, this 65,000 acre refuge contains an abundance of water resources dominated by the Ouachita and Saline Rivers and the Felsenthal Pool.

This low lying area is dissected by an intricate system of rivers, creeks, sloughs, buttonbush swamps and lakes throughout a vast bottomland hardwood forest that gradually rises to an upland forest community. Historically, periodic flooding of the "bottoms" during winter and spring provided excellent wintering waterfowl habitat. These wetlands, in combination with the pine and upland hardwood forest on the higher ridges, support a wide diversity of native plants and animals.

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Age Requirements: Funding for many ACE positions is provided by a federal program designed specifically for the employment of youth and young adults and therefore is subject to minimum and maximum age requirements of 18-30 (35 for veterans).

This position requires FWS vehicle operation in the performance of the duties and therefore the minimum age to be considered is 21.

Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday - Friday. Bi-weekly work hour totals should not exceed 80 hours. A flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed outside of normal work hours including on weekends and/or holidays. Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval.

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $350/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: The ACE member will be provided agency housing at no cost for the duration of the term. When residing in FWS provided-housing or on FWS lands, strict adherence to site specific policies and/or regulations is required.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6195.00) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service 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:

This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals.

Primary Duties include:

  1. Develops, implements and maintains GIS databases and files for the Complex, using computer hardware, software, and peripherals to acquire, collect, compile, transform, apply, analyze, and present cadastral, biological, natural resource, and other geographic data using GIS

  1. Develops methods, using cartographic knowledge (map scale, projection, datum, design) and/or biological knowledge (ecological principles, plant-wildlife-fish population dynamics and surveys, natural resource management) to integrate GIS into refuge processes (biological evaluations and surveys, mapping, etc.) thereby improving the effectiveness and efficiency of such

  1. Creates maps, charts, graphics, statistical reports, etc. of refuge boundaries, federal ownership status, animal and plant species distribution, and other pertinent cadastral, biological, and natural resource information for the refuge managers and field biologists, and the public

  1. Operates GIS hardware including computers, plotters, digitizers and data backup devices; maintains this equipment as necessary; orders supplies to support the use of this equipment

  1. Uses GIS to identify, compile, analyze, and review information related to specific species and/or the ecological integrity and viability of the habitats and ecosystems upon which these species depend

  1. Documents the sources and procedures (creates metadata) used in data collection, compilation, transformation, application, analysis, and presentation

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.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The GIS intern may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources.

Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: When a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of duties, one will be provided by the FWS. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the FWS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the FWS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. Strict adherence to FWS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.



  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Knowledge of US Fish and Wildlife Service Mission
  • Wearing a clearly visible ACE-EPIC uniform is required at all times
  • Knowledge of cartography (map scale, projections, datums, design) and/or biology (ecological principles, ecosystem processes, plant-wildlife-fish population dynamics and surveys, natural resource management)
  • Ability to use computer hardware, networks, various operating systems, and associated peripherals
  • Ability to use GIS and/or related computer assisted drafting (CAD) software
  • Knowledge and skills to analyze complex biological and geographic data derived from ecosystem studies and studies pertaining to habitat and population management of specific species, and in investigating, analyzing and understanding a broad array of ecological relationships
  • Ability to use the Internet to acquire, present and/or distribute digital data
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to use software documentation and/or vendor/manufacturer technical support services to develop solutions to technical problems
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing

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


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

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

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

NOTE: 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 Recruitment and Member Manager, 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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