ACE: Fishery Biologist - Blue Ridge Parkway

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American Conservation Experience EPIC
Asheville, North Carolina, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking ONE Fishery Biologist to review the Blue Ridge Parkway's draft fish plan and analyze management actions. The position will also assist with brook trout restoration.

Start Date: August 2, 2021
End Date: November 12, 2021 (or 15 weeks after start date)
* A 15-week minimum commitment is required *

Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Park Headquarters in Asheville, NC.

There may be an opportunity to accomplish some of this project remotely.

Blue Ridge Parkway Background: The Blue Ridge National Parkway is more than just a road, this varied habitat, traveling 469 miles through the southern Appalachian region, ranging from 649 feet at James River in Virginia to 6,047 feet at Richland Balsam in North Carolina, offers protection to an enormous diversity of plants and animals, as well as a wealth of cultural resources and history. Stretching from Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Parkway contains a diverse range of cultural resources, including 91 buildings, 2 sites, and 133 other structures that contribute to the Parkway's eligibility for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a park steeped in tradition and recognized worldwide as a crossroads of natural and cultural richness. The Parkway serves to tie together a diverse landscape and lifestyle- connecting the past with the present and preserving the region's heritage for the future.

To learn more about the Blue Ridge Parkway, please visit the NPS website at:

For more information regarding the ACE, please visit:

Living Allowance: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $720/week to offset the costs of food, housing, and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or NPS.

Position Description:

The purpose of this project is to technically review the Park's draft Fishery Management Plan and begin to analyze the management actions proposed to determine environmental consequences. This project will have a final report component. The Member will develop publications and social media posts so they must be able to communicate technical subject matter to non-technical public and staff.

The project will also involve some field work. The member will assist in the restoration of brook trout at one of three streams in the North Carolina section of the Parkway. They may also assist with some wetland surveys.

As a secondary objective, the Member will begin to make some decisions about long-term monitoring, both of fish and other wildlife. They will review old and develop new Study Plans.

Physical demands: This position will require the Member to be in good physical condition since streams are difficult to access.


Competitive applicants will have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in fisheries and wildlife management, ecology, natural resource management, parks and recreation or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.

  • 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 the Public Land Corps Act which has specific program requirements.
    • Must be 21-30 years of age to apply (members must be 21+ to apply for an ACE position that requires or anticipates operation of agency or ACE vehicles for duties).
    • Military Veterans up to 35 are encouraged to apply.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to communicate technical subject matter to non-technical public and staff.
  • Knowledge of computers and typical Word processing software.

  • Experience with Natural Resource Management Plans
  • Experience with technical and nontechnical writing

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, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and experience, and contact information for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: 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 EPIC NPS Member Coordinator, Madison Douthitt at

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.