ACE EPIC USFWS MA: Assistant Refuge Planner – Massachusetts

American Conservation Experience
Hadley, MA
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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking ONE Assistant Refuge Planner to primarily assist respective U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) National Wildlife Refuge System Managers and Planning Team in developing a management plan for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (NECSM MNM). This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in public lands management and advancing their career goals in natural resource conservation. Start Date: Flexible End Date: 90 weeks from the start date *A 90-week minimum commitment is required* Location: This position will be based out of the USFWS Northeast Regional Office in Hadley, Massachusetts. Project Website: To learn more about the Northeast Regional USFWS Office please visit To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit: Compensation: The ACE Fellow will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $750/week paid out biweekly for food and incidental living expenses. Finding housing is the responsibility of the intern. Position Description: Natural Resource Planning - Percentage of Time: 60% Assist respective U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Managers and Planning Team in developing a management plan for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument (NECSM MNM). Assist in compiling National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliant document (either an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement) to support the management plan. That assistance involves gathering, organizing, and interpreting literature and relevant source materials, as well as writing, editing, and reviewing planning documents. Support Planning Team Leaders and Refuge Managers in ensuring that NEPA, other legal compliance requirements or regulations, and Service policy, have been followed. May assist with other natural resource planning such as: national wildlife refuge (NWR) comprehensive conservation plans (CCPs); fish, wildlife, and visitor services project-level management plans for a NWR (e.g., habitat management and visitor services step-down plans); and NEPA compliant documents for various resource plans. Data Analysis - Percentage of Time: 20% Collaborate with team leaders and managers to determine data needs, locate source material, interpret data, conduct some simple geographic information system (GIS) mapping in support of planning team or public meetings, or as working products, under support and direction of GIS specialists. Communications - Percentage of Time: 20% Assist with internal and external communication needs in support of developing the NECSM MNM management plan, and other refuge plans or documents. This could include writing and editing outreach materials, website, and traditional and social media. Prepare maps, graphics, and figures that communicate the contents of planning documents for both internal and external audiences, create or maintain lists of stakeholders, and help respond to public inquires, and news media. Help prepare for, and document, stakeholder meetings, meetings with other agencies, and possibly public meetings. 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: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC NPS Recruitment Specialist Zoe Moskwa, 801.707.7832, or
Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in environmental science, natural resource management, parks and recreation, marine biology, ecology or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable. Required: Fellowship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Resident only Fellow must be between the age of 18 and 35 A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is required Critical thinking and problem-solving skills (e.g. structured decision making and issues identification skills) Good writing and editing skills (e.g. ability to interpret, in writing, scientific research for lay audiences Good verbal skills (e.g. ability to present complex information to lay audiences). Good organizational skills (e.g. data management, files management). Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check Preferred: Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional Ability to write original compositions from baseline information. Experience in writing planning documents (management plans, NEPA, etc.) Basic knowledge and experience with GIS Ability to prepare outreach materials including maps, graphics, and figures for social media and both internal and external audiences Knowledge of or skills pertaining to marine environments and marine species Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the FWS 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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