ACE: Fish and Wildlife Planning Fellowship – USFWS Ecological Services, SW Region
Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Ecological Services in the Southwest Region is seeking 1 Fish and Wildlife Fellow to help with a diverse array of threatened and endangered species and habitat monitoring and Endangered Species Act responsibilities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Southwest Regional Office, located in Albuquerque, NM, is primarily responsible for conservation management activities including endangered and threatened species conservation, habitat conservation planning, energy development, permits and licenses through the Endangered Species Act. The office is also responsible for National Environmental Policy Act compliance, pesticide use, water quality, hazardous waste and oil spill cleanup, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration, wetland and riparian habitat assessments, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Employees work within the states of Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico and surrounding states.
Start Date: October 4, 2021
End Date: August 12, 2022
**45-week commitment required**
Location: This position will be based out of the Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque, NM.
Project Website: To learn more about the Ecological Services within the Southwest Regional Office, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/
To learn more about ACE EPIC Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Compensation: The ACE Fellow will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $500/week paid out biweekly for food, housing, and incidental living expenses. Finding housing is the responsibility of the intern. ACE & USFWS will help provide local knowledge of rental market, where possible.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($6,195.00) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment and volunteer service is required.
Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a hiring authority upon completion of their term of service. Eligible members must meet standard requirements of completing at least 640 hours and utilize their certificate before the age of 31.
Fish and Wildlife fellowship duties for the Southwest Regional Office are anticipated to include:
- supporting full-time Southwest Regional Office staff
- data management including data acquisition, entry, and organization
- assisting with ESA section 10 that could include candidate conservation agreements, habitat conservation plans, and recovery permitting
- assisting with ESA section 4 duties that could include conducting data and analysis to support listing actions
- assisting with ESA section 7 consultation and compliance activities that might affect the threatened and endangered species
- organization and facilitation of meetings or workshops (in-person and remote)
- processing of information into draft reports, tables, charts, maps, and planning products for ESA related activities
- participating and interacting with various Ecological Service Field Offices within the Southwest region to provide support in various fields of work
Writing and use of interpersonal skills is an essential attribute of this position, as well as the ability to be organized and focused while prioritizing multiple projects at a time.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- High School Diploma
- Individuals must be 21-30 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
- Ability to follow instructions, both written and verbal
- Proficient in English
- Ability to undergo a federal criminal background check
- Knowledge of natural sciences and a strong professional interest in fish and wildlife biology
- Ability to work in an office setting and at a computer for extended periods
- Basic skills in scientific writing, data entry and management, and self-sufficiency and safety in a field setting.
- Pursuing or completion of a master’s degree with a preference for a degree in a natural resources
- Experience accurately documenting, entering, and managing data and documents, using programs including MS Word and Excel, and ArcGIS
- Ability to work and camp in remote surroundings for various lengths of time
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ideal candidate is highly motivated, detail oriented, organized and able to maintain a positive disposition even under adverse conditions.
- Ability to keep work organized and communicate orally to determine needs and follow procedures
- Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies
The fellow must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.
Please note: Marijuana and other controlled substances are not allowed at any time during the performance of duties or while on federal property, regardless of State law or qualified medical marijuana card status.
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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/ ***Academic transcripts are required for verification of related coursework and professional development purposes, as opposed to evaluating prior academic performance.
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.
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, Dave Hecker, 801.386.1629, or email@example.com.