Summary: American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with USFWS-Canaan Valley NWR, is seeking 1 Intern to work directly with the Canaan Valley NWR staff and assist with public use, including interpretation, environmental education, volunteer coordinator, recreation management, support groups, communication/media, and permits/concessions. Time may be spent performing duties such as staffing the information desk, serving as a roving interpreter on trails, monitoring visitor facilities, and reporting situations which may harm resources. Lastly, time may be spent performing special projects/miscellaneous assignments that are designed to develop knowledge of the Refuge System’s functions and operating policies/procedures and knowledge of specific programs and operations, all while following practices appropriate to personal, visitor, and staff safety.
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: October 4, 2021
End Date: 52 weeks later
Location: Canaan Valley NWR, Davis, WV
Project Website: For more information about Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, please visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/canaan_valley/
For more information regarding the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org
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. A travel allowance of $600 is also included.
AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 1700 hour AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of internship service hours. Additional enrollment is required.
Housing: ACE interns will be accommodated in Refuge housing at no cost for the duration of the internship.
Position Description Duties:
50% of time:
Interpretation: Develops and presents a variety of interpretive programs including orientation talks, conducted walks, and demonstrations to a variety of general public audiences or school groups using a variety of audio-visual equipment. Initiates or assists with development or revision of interpretive materials, such as brochures, guidebooks, handouts, and exhibits.
Environmental Education: Prepares and conducts on and off-site environmental education programs for a variety of audiences. Initiates or assists with development or revision of environmental education materials. Assists in conducting teacher training and orientation programs while maintaining stock of environmental education materials, equipment, and supplies.
Volunteer Coordination: Assists with recruitment and training of candidates for a volunteer program and assists in developing volunteer work projects and schedules for visitor services. May assist in developing and scheduling work projects for program areas outside of visitor services. Monitors progress of volunteer projects and drafts volunteer job descriptions and other volunteer materials. Helps with report generation for USFWS.
Recreation Management: Assists with the management of wildlife dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and/interpretation as described in the Refuge Improvement Act of 1997 and with secondary recreational uses such as camping, and horseback riding in support of one or more of the primary uses. Provides orientation, interpretive, and regulatory information relating to site specific regulations, hunting and fishing programs, and other visitor activities.
Support Groups: Assists with maintaining working relationships with Friends organizations and other partners by attending a variety of events and functions, giving informative talks, and asking for volunteer or other assistance.
Communication/Media: Communicates effectively with visitors and staff by writing or through interpretive activities that aid in implementing the refuge’s outreach program. Drafts a variety of written materials including news releases, articles, correspondence, and event flyers to increase understanding of the Service mission, encourage attendance at or assistance with special event, explain the goals and objectives of the refuge and its practices, or related issues.
Permits/concessions: Assists with issuing special permits for wildlife dependent recreation activities or other appropriate and compatible special events or activities
25% of time:
Staffs information desks in visitor center or contact stations, providing interpretive, and orientation information to the public.
Monitor visitor facilities for safety, cleanliness, and accessibility; performs routine maintenance on visitor service facilities, and reports on or remedies obvious maintenance, health, and safety deficiencies. Assist with planning and designing visitor service facilities.
Protects refuge natural and cultural resources by observing conditions and reminding visitors to stay out of closed or restricted areas. Reports situations which may harm resources.
25% of time:
Follows practices appropriate to personal, visitor, and staff safety. Identifies and reports potential safety hazards to appropriate staff. Administers basic first aid when necessary. May operate passenger vehicles, trucks, and off road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles and small watercraft.
Performs special projects/miscellaneous assignments that are designed to develop knowledge of the Refuge System’s functions and operating policies/procedures, skill in the effective use and protection of resources, and knowledge of specific programs and operations.
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, Environmental Education, Interpretation, and Forestry or related field.
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.
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/
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 Division Support Specialist, Claire Barnwell, 585-489-5092, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.