ACE EPIC USFWS WV: Canaan Valley NWR Refuge Specialist Internship – West Virginia

American Conservation Experience
West VA
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$400 week LA
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Last Date to Apply
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with USFWS-Canaan Valley is seeking 1 Intern to work directly with the Canaan Valley NWR staff and assist with Refuge maintenance and biological programs. This is a dynamic position, with a range of duties from trail maintenance and facilities to biological surveys on iconic species such as brook trout and lastly, leading members of the Youth Conservation Corps for 8 weeks. These opportunities are intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in Wildlife Biology or Forestry who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of Wildlife Conservation and Management. Start Date: September 2019 End Date: 52 weeks later * A minimum 52-week commitment is required * Location: Canaan Valley, WV Project Website: For more information about Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, please visit For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: Compensation: ACE Intern is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly. Housing: ACE interns will be accommodated in Refuge housing at no cost for the duration of the internship. AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($2960) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required. Position Description and Duties: Maintenance of Trails, Roads, Equipment, and Facilities Operates hand tools and small two cycle engines, such as chain saws, weed eaters, and lawn mowers. Operates a variety of gasoline or diesel powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction and attachments. Maintains station grounds by mowing lawns, mulching, and weed eating. Utilizes hand tools, weed eaters, mowers, tractors and skid steer type loaders to perform various duties. Maintains walking trails, boardwalks, and observation points by keeping them clean from derbies, trimming encroaching shrubs and by making repairs such as replacing broken boards. Assist with trail restorations by digging ditches, installing water control features, and culverts. Utilizes excavator, skid steer, UTVs and ATVs to perform various duties related to trail work. Maintains gravel roadways. Utilizes a variety of diesel powered construction equipment with wheeled and crawler type traction and attachments. Drives one or more types of trucks with rated weight capacities up to and including one ton in hauling equipment, cargo, or passengers. Operates snow clearing equipment such as snow plows, snow blowers, backhoe and skid steer with snow blowing attachment. Washes and fuels vehicles, performs such services as checking, changing oil and water; checking fluid levels in crankcases, power steering, transmissions, batteries, radiators, braking systems, etc. Assist in the maintenance and repair of small two cycle engines, heavy equipment, and vehicles. Uses and maintains power and hand tools such as hammers, hand saws, drills, planers, routers, power nailers, etc. Assures that necessary safety equipment is on hand and adequate supplies are available in accessible locations for field work. Cleaning, stocking and supplying designated facility areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, restroom cleaning etc). Performing and documenting routine inspection and maintenance activities. Assists the Safety Officer to perform safety related duties such as the inspection of buildings, vehicles, and equipment, inspecting and checking fire extinguishers, properly storing chemicals, and assisting Safety Officers to meet refuge safety requirements. Biological Support habitat management activities such as by mowing fields, restoring shrublands, and enhancing early successional habitat. Assist the biological program with Invasive species management such as Stilt Grass, Autumn Olive, Multiflora Rose, and Garlic Mustard. Assist the biological program with various surveys including Brook Trout, Cheat Mountain Salamander, Vernal Pool Species, bats, beavers, and American Woodcock. Assist the biological program with planting of Aspen, Canaan fir, Balsam fir, and Red Spruce. Youth Conservation Corps Leads four to five members of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) for eight weeks in a variety of land resource improvement projects, stream and water improvements, fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects, etc. Helps provide guidance and direction in all phases of work projects to ascertain proper performance, to satisfactorily answer enrollees' questions about projects, and to provide a learning experience to enrollees. Demonstrates the proper use of equipment; properly manage resources (time, supplies, vehicles, equipment, and personnel). Provide safety training to help insure the safety of the group. Develop environmental and conservation education opportunities for the group.
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 Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science and Forestry. Required: U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Must be 18-35 years of age (Interns must be 21-35 to apply for any ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties.) A valid driver's license and a clean driving record are required (documentation to be provided upon request) Ability to work alone and in a group Proficient in English Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check is required Wearing a clearly visible ACE-EPIC uniform component is required at all times Preferred: Ability to use computer technology to maintain and retrieve information from automated data systems, develop spreadsheets, and use word processing and statistical software programs in order to develop reports. Familiarity with geographic information system (GIS), aerial photography and survey techniques, and global positioning systems (GPS). Ability to communicate in writing in order to assist in the preparation of wildlife management survey summaries Ability to operate small watercraft, cars, trucks and trailers. Ability to use various specialized tools and equipment required to conduct wildlife studies surveys. Ability to capture, handle, and tag or collar various wildlife. Ability to work doing strenuous activity for significant periods of time, often walking over rough terrain and in muddy conditions; on rough or uneven surfaces; wading through vegetation choked marshes, lifting and carrying heavy objects, and in many instances during difficult weather conditions. Collection survey data requires good vision and fieldwork results in exposure to such things as: poison ivy insects, sun, wind, temperature variation and many varieties of pollen. Seasonal field studies involve considerable physical demands, such as frequent, extensive travel on foot; bending; crouching; and climbing; exertion from lifting and carrying equipment; and energy drain from cold, wet and windy weather. Must be in good physical condition and anticipate the demands of each field trip. Occasionally lifts containers weighing up to 35 pounds. ACE 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. EOE: 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. To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: NOTE: 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 USFWS Recruitment and Member Manager, at 801-573-8984 or
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