Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking One Biology Member to contribute to a diverse array of projects alongside Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge staff. The selected individual will work on a wide range of tasks including biological monitoring and protocol development, invasive species management, leadership of volunteer program participants and data analysis, among other primary tasks.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a background in wildlife biology, natural resource management, or a related field, and a deep interest in advancing their career in conservation and land stewardship. The selected individual will work directly with the FWS staff in support of various conservation-based goals throughout the refuge.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: June 7, 2021
End Date: June 4, 2022
*52-week commitment required**
Location: Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, Ibapah, UT, with occasional work at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, UT.
For more information about Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/fish_springs/
For more information about Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bear_river_migratory_bird_refuge/
Age Requirements: Funding for many ACE positions is provided by a federal program designed specifically for the employment of youth and young adults and therefore is subject to minimum and maximum age requirements of 18-30 (35 for veterans).
This position requires ACE or FWS vehicle operation in the performance of the duties and therefore the minimum age to be considered is 21.
Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday – Friday. However, a flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed on weekends and/or holidays (particularly between October-January). Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is anticipated to contribute approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $600/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided refuge housing at no cost for the duration of the term. When residing in FWS provided-housing or on FWS lands, strict adherence to site specific policies and/or regulations is required.
Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-competitive Hiring Authority: Members serving on this project may be eligible to receive a Department of the Interior (DOI) PLC non-competitive hiring authority certificate upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours (16 weeks at 40 hours/week) and utilize their certificate when applying for qualifying federal positions within 2 years of receipt and before the age of 31. More information can be provided upon request.
- Develop recommendations for measuring the effectiveness of invasive species treatments (using remote sensing, vegetation information, literature review, etc.) with an emphasis on common reed (Phragmites australis).
- Develop protocols and conduct simple baseline bird surveys needed for measuring effectiveness of habitat management on Refuge focal species.
- Develop and conduct short term biological monitoring activities using conventional techniques for developing baseline information on birds, fish, and small animals, including their habitat, growth, and feeding requirements.
- Coordinate with the Visitor Services Program to train volunteers on implementation of baseline biological monitoring surveys.
- Coordinate with Visitor Services Program to develop and conduct outreach to visitors on a variety of topics (monarch migration, habitat management, etc.), using social media, the Refuge website, visitor interactions, and brochures, etc.
- Utilize GIS technology for data collection and to provide products to inform refuge management decisions.
- Catalog, organize and prioritize existing biological data to facilitate answering key management questions.
- Assist in implementation of the Refuge Hunt Program including working with Visitor Services staff to develop online reservation system.
Physical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking over wet and rough surfaces, bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.
Position Environment: Duties are performed both indoors and outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes can be encountered in the performance of outdoor duties. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff or resources. Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge is in a remote location and accessed by dirt road. The nearest grocery store/town is 105 miles away.
Equipment Use and Training: USFWS will provide a government vehicle and the tools required to accomplish the tasks the Member is asked to do. Training will be provided for all equipment that the Member is asked to use. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be mandatory for any activity that requires it. A valid state driver’s license is required for any (highway legal) vehicle use.
- Knowledge and experience working in biological sciences.
- Ability to effectively communicate with supervisor and coworkers.
- Ability to independently develop protocols and lead volunteer groups in biological monitoring surveys.
- Strong communication and organizational skills.
- Enthusiasm for interacting with people and learning how to assist visitors to enjoy refuge resources responsibly.
- Commitment to data accuracy, completing tasks thoroughly and on time.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office software.
- Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.
- Willing and able to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
- Ability to be both self-directed/work alone, and be a positive, contributing member of a group.
- This position is funded through a federal grant program specifically for youth and young adults.
- Must be 21-30 years of age to apply
- Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
- U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident
- Must have a valid driver’s license, be 21 years of age to drive a vehicle, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle (required)
- Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and others and understand all safety precautions involved
- Effective communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences
- Able and willing to perform duties outdoors in varying weather conditions and capable of participating in sustained physical labor
- Ability to operate independently and in remote areas
- Competitive applicants for this position can hold or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, botany, natural resource management, or other related discipline appropriate to this position.
- Experience conducting biological surveys;
- Experience in wildlife monitoring;
- Experience developing biological monitoring protocols;
- Workplace experience leading teams in field based data collection;
- Experience working with the public and conducting outreach via website, social media, classroom settings, etc.;
- Experience conducting invasive plant management;
- GIS education and workplace experience
- Experience working with heavy equipment (e.g., tractors, backhoes, skidsteer, etc.)
Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties including while on federal property or in a FWS or ACE vehicle, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, unofficial academic transcripts, cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page
***Academic transcripts are required for verification of related coursework and professional development purposes, as opposed to evaluating prior academic performance.
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 ACE EPIC USFWS Division Support Specialist, Cody Dems, email@example.com or (435) 315-7067.
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.