American Conservation Experience - EPIC
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • 650 per week
  • Individual Placement
  • EPIC


American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking 4 members (2 teams of 2) to assist in the completion of energy and water evaluations at select FWS field stations. These evaluations aim to satisfy statutory requirements under Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). To meet EISA Section 432 requirements, federal agencies must identify "covered facilities" that make up at least 75% of their total energy consumption, and conduct energy and water evaluations at each of these facilities every four years to identify potential energy and water conservation measures. FWS has more than 150 covered facilities nationwide, and during this term, each team will travel to approximately 20 National Wildlife Refuges. ACE Members will be responsible for carrying out on-site evaluations of buildings, engaging with refuge managers and staff, collecting and analyzing relevant data, and generating reports.

Facilities on this year's audit cycle include the National Elk Refuge & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center in Wyoming, the National Bison Range Complex in Montana, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado and numerous other sites spread across the Pacific, Mountain-Prairie, and Midwest regions. For more information on FWS regions visit their website linked here.

This is a traveling position with no home base, meaning that candidates must be willing to work and live on the road with another team member for the duration of the term (approx. 4 months). All lodging and transportation will be provided for the duration of the term, and a food stipend will be provided during travel days. Individual applicants and teams of two are encouraged to apply.

For more information about ACE, please visit:

For more information about EISA Section 432, please visit: EISA Federal Facility Management and Benchmarking Reporting Requirements | Department of Energy

Estimated Start Date: July 10th, 2023

Estimated End Date: November 10th, 2023

*a 17 week commitment is preferred, but term length and start and end dates are flexible for the right candidates*

Location Details/Description: This is a field-based, highly mobile position requiring sustained and extended travel. During this term, each team of 2 will be traveling to approximately 20 National Wildlife Refuges across Region 1, 3 and 6 and will NOT have a central or primary work location. One week of in-person training will be conducted at a NWR in the western United States (location TBD). Immediately following training, teams will begin travel and can expect to move locations frequently, visiting 1 or 2 National Wildlife Refuges every week. The National Energy Audit Coordinator and National Energy Program Manager may visit crews in the field to check-in, connect with FWS staff and help complete evaluations when needed.

Position Overview:

The member will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff to:

  • Conduct energy and water evaluations at select FWS field stations to satisfy statutory requirements under Section 432 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).
  • Support the development of facility and building-specific energy, water and carbon reduction goals.
  • While on-site, effectively communicate with Refuge Managers and FWS staff to complete energy and water evaluations, clarify goals, and establish working relationships
  • Collect on-site data of building features and energy systems to identify energy efficiency and electrification opportunities, quantify required investments and project lifecycle cost and consumption savings and ROI
  • Collect on-site data for individually metered buildings to enable the creation of building models and reports using the Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS), a product of the Pacific Northwest National Lab.
  • Ensure that all documentation is collected, accurately recorded and stored for future reference, including building templates, photos, and data storage.
  • Provide regular updates and progress reports to ACE & FWS staff, including participating in check-in calls with the USFWS National Energy Program Manager

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.

Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday; however, a flexible schedule will be required to accommodate travel time and site location needs. Work may be performed outside of normal work hours, including on weekends, holidays and before or after typical business hours. Biweekly totals should be about 80 hours.

Position Benefits

Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $650/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. Food per diem will be provided for travel days.

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online:

Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost for the duration of the term. ACE members will be accommodated in a variety of housing including hotels, motels, AirBnbs, onsite USFWS refuge housing, etc. When residing in FWS provided-housing or on FWS lands, strict adherence to site specific policies and/or regulations is required.

Relocation: Travel to the start location at the beginning of the term will be provided at no cost, and upon successful completion of the 17 week term (or prior agreed upon term length), relocation back to the member's desired location will be provided. Flights or car rentals will be provided as appropriate, and covered travel costs are at the discretion of the National Energy Audit Coordinator (Nick Sparling - ).

Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support.



  • Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts
  • Willing and able to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner
  • Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a small group
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request)
  • Willing to undergo and must pass the required two-part criminal history check
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation
  • To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website:


  • Competitive applicants can hold or be pursuing a bachelor's degree in any relevant field
  • Applicants with relevant work experience, skills and career interests are encouraged to apply
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Willingness to travel extensively and work on-site for extended periods of time
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders (e.g. travel partner, building managers, government officials etc.)
  • Interest in energy policy, federal policy, and regulations related to energy management and GHG reduction
  • Any familiarity or interest in energy systems and software (HVAC equipment, thermostats, lighting, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, depending on specific project requirements
  • Possess a strong attention to detail with the ability to identify and correct errors or inconsistencies in work, ensuring accuracy and completeness.

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

  • Physical Demands: Requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, hiking, carrying, using hands to handle or feel, reaching with hands and arms, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment. Required to stoop, kneel, climb stairs, and/or crouch.
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.
  • Environmental: Outdoor and indoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.
  • Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
  • Travel: This position requires extended domestic travel.

Environmental Conditions/Hazards: The ACE member(s) 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: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by ACE. 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.

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: Your cover letter should include why you are interested in a full-time traveling role and any background that may speak to your potential to succeed in this type of position. If applying as a team of 2, please apply individually on the website and mention in the cover letter that you are applying with another individual.

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 FWS Program Manager, Johannah McCollum at OR ACE EPIC FWS National Energy Audit Coordinator, Nick Sparling at

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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