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ACE: National Wildlife Refuge Assistant, Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex

American Conservation Experience EPIC
Vero Beach, Florida, US
Closing date
Sep 24, 2021

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Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with USFWS - Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex is seeking 1 National Wildlife Refuge Assistant to work directly with the management and biology staff and assist with wildlife refuge projects and operations.

This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic individuals with a background in natural resources who possess an interest in gaining experience in the field of biology, visitor services, maintenance and management.

Start Date: October 4th, 2021

End Date: March 19th, 2022

*24 week commitment required*

Location: Everglades Headwaters, Pelican Island, Archie Carr, and Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuges. Based at Pelican Island NWR in Vero Beach, FL.

Compensation: ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $250/week to cover the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.

Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in refuge housing at no cost for the duration of the position. All utilities are included. Housing is a 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom building and a maximum capacity of 3 people. Housing is within walking distance to the main office.

AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 900 hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($3,097.50) upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.

Scheduling: ACE Member is expected to work approximately 40 hours a week. Schedule is Monday through Friday normal business hours. The member will be expected to work 1-2 Saturdays per month (in exchange for a weekday to maintain ~40 hours per week).

Position Description: The position at the Everglades Headwaters NWRC will provide a well-rounded experience in the natural resource field. The member will work as part of a small team to help manage the Refuge completing such tasks as biological surveys, routine maintenance, public programs, and administrative tasks.

Project Background and Objectives:
  • Participate in habitat management and monitoring including invasive plant control and mapping, mechanical treatment of woody vegetation, and vegetation surveys
  • Organize and conduct monthly public lands cleanups
  • Maintain accurate and detailed field records and enter data promptly and accurately
  • Assist with public outreach including visitor contact and environmental education
  • Assist with general facilities and grounds maintenance to include trail clearing
  • Manage Refuge social media accounts under the supervision of the Refuge Manager
  • Work with volunteers on a regular basis
  • Other duties as assigned

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, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, and/or Forestry.

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be 21-30 years of age (up to 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.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of natural sciences
  • Ability to work in very hot, humid, and buggy conditions
  • Willingness to work varying hours including weekends

  • Knowledge of USFWS mission
  • Experience, professional or personal, with hand tools used for landscape and trail maintenance
  • Experience conducting invasive plant management
  • Basic GPS and GIS skills
  • Basic plant identification skills
  • Deep interest in public relations and conservation education

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 a thoughtful resume, cover letter, and unofficial academic transcripts 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: ***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. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Division Support Specialist, Danielle Ramsden at or (208) 869 3555.

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.
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