ACE EPIC USFWS: Wilderness Fellowship Program

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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking TWO Wilderness Fellows interested in dedicating ~22 weeks in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to serve on refuges and help complete wilderness reviews.

Said reviews are used to identify and recommend for congressional designation Refuge System lands and waters that merit inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. This is an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic young professionals who have a strong interest in a career in wilderness management issues, natural resource management and/or conservation.

Start Date: Mid-to-late June (some flexibility exists for the right candidate)

End Date: ~22 weeks after start date

* A minimum 22-week commitment is expected*

Locations: Each Wilderness Fellow will conduct reviews at two of the following NWR's (National Wildlife Refuges):

Wichita Mountains NWR, OK

Little Pend Oreille NWR, WA

Charles M Russell NWR, MT

Either Bogue Chitto, LA
( or Pahranagat, NV (

The specific refuge assignments will be determined at the time of hire.

Project Partner Website: To explore the National Wilderness Preservation System and learn more about the Wilderness Fellows Program please visit or For more information on the ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE Fellows will be expected to serve 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $600/week. Onsite housing will be provided at no cost to the Fellow. All documented travel costs to the refuges will be reimbursed.

Position Description: Wilderness Fellows serve directly alongside refuge staff members, regional staff, and others involved in wilderness reviews. This is hands-on practical experience both with wilderness and other non-wilderness refuge management activities.

Wilderness Fellow responsibilities include:
Conducting an analysis of all values (e.g., ecological, recreational, cultural), resources (e.g., wildlife, water, vegetation), public uses, and refuge management activities within refuge Wilderness Study Areas. The analysis will determine the area's suitability for management and preservation as wilderness.
Assisting with other aspects of refuge management such as: wildlife surveys, bird banding, and public outreach/education.
Participating in a training session (~1 week), collaborating closely with refuge staff, and participating in weekly conference calls with Washington Office staff and other Wilderness Fellows.
Review of Wilderness Character Monitoring information for existing Refuge wilderness areas.

Training: Orientation and a multi-day "wilderness review" training session. Possible additional training session on Wilderness Character Monitoring may exist. Approved travel expenses associated with the training will be compensated, including accommodation and meals.

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; this position may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the ACE EPIC National Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or
Qualifications: Applicants for the position will hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or relevant experience in Protected Area/Natural Resource Management, Resource Planning, Environmental Policy, or Natural, Biological, or Physical Sciences. Familiarity with wilderness-specific policy and management is ideal but not required.

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Must be 18 to 35 years old.
Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely with resource professionals within FWS.
Must have effective communication skills with diverse audiences; ability to serve independently and in a group.
Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record; a personal vehicle required.
Deep interest in conservation, wilderness and respect for nature is critical.
Must be able and willing to serve outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and capable of participating in physical labor.
English proficiency is imperative.
Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required.

Interest in wilderness/resource management and National Wildlife Refuge System
Research skills and attention to detail
Understanding of and ability to use GIS and a Office Suite software

The Fellows 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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