ACE EPIC NPS Intermountain Region: National Wilderness Fellowship Program

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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking up to FOUR Wilderness Fellows to participate in the 2017 Wilderness Fellows Program. The Wilderness Fellows will be selected to serve at one or more NPS locations to directly support the goals of a collaborative wilderness character monitoring initiative currently underway with the National Park Service.

Start Dates/End Dates:
Wupatki Nat'l Monument: June 15 - Aug 15, 2017
Bighorn Canyon Nat'l Rec Area: June 15 - September 15, 2017
Carlsbad Caverns: September 15 - December 15, 2017
Natural Bridges: September 15 - December 15, 2017

Wupatki Nat'l Monument Flagstaff, AZ (
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area - Fort Smith, MT (
Carlsbad Caverns - Carlsbad, NM (
Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument Lake Powell, UT (

Project Partner Website: To learn more about the Wilderness Fellows Program projects, please visit: To explore the National Wilderness Preservation System and please visit: to learn more about wilderness character monitoring and the Wilderness Fellows program.

Position Description:
Primary Wilderness Fellow Responsibilities:
Identify wilderness character measures for the selected park unit;
Compile data for selected measures and complete a baseline assessment for wilderness character monitoring;
Implement inventory and monitoring strategies for tracking wilderness character in the Park;
Participate in a training course, work closely with Park staff, and participate in weekly conference calls with staff from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.
Experiential Opportunities: Wilderness Fellows will work directly alongside National Park Service staff, regional office staff, external scientists, and others involved in wilderness assessments. This will be hands-on, practical experience wilderness assessment and monitoring, as well as participating in other National Park management activities.

Training: There will be an orientation and a 3-day wilderness training session, likely in Denver CO, the dates and location are yet to be determined.

Compensation: Fellows will receive a weekly living allowance of $600 for food and incidentals, paid bi-weekly. Housing will be provided on-site by the NPS at no cost to the individual. A personal vehicle is required.

Documented travel costs associated with the fellows training will be reimbursed by ACE, including plane fare or fuel expenses from the participant's home to the 3-day training session, as well as accommodation and meals/incidentals during the training.

To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here:

NOTE: Fellows will be selected for their project sites based off interview and relevant, related experience to the projects and locations.

Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or
Qualifications: 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 wilderness management, natural resource management, conservation, environmental policy, natural/biological/physical science, or related disciplines. A deep interest in technical wilderness management issues is a necessity.

Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
Strong interest in wilderness/resource management issues and the NPS
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing (Fellowship candidates may be asked for a writing sample)
Research skill and attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on projects
Understanding and ability to use GIS
Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal history background check is required

The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
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