Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking ONE General Wildlife Refuge Member to support Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in 2021.
During their term, the ACE member will work on a variety of projects related to invasive species, including feral hogs. When the invasive species program ends, the refuge will extend the current individual or bring on another to administer its managed hunt program. Hunt duties include managing/administering lottery waterfowl and youth deer hunt programs. The member will assist staff at the hunt check stations. This position also includes environmental education duties and managing social media.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: July 2021
*16-week commitment required, with potential for extension**
Location: Eufaula NWR, Eufaula, Alabama
To learn more about Eufaula NWR, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Eufaula/
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 Tuesday through Saturday. However, a flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed on weekends and/or holidays. The selectee will receive the same leave allowance and holidays as federal employees.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is anticipated to contribute approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $400/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.
Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided housing at no cost during field season. 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.
- Assist will feral hog trapping program
- Manage refuge social media
- Administer refuge managed hunt program
- General refuge management activities (facilities/property maintenance, signing, answering phones, taking photographs, etc.)
Physical Requirements: This position requires physical exertion such as walking long distances over wet and rough surfaces while carrying up to 40 lbs; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements. The selectee will work in close proximity to live and dead animals, must be able to identify waterfowl to species and sex (training will be provided), will work routinely several hours before sunrise and after sunset, and will frequent environments with dangerous animals (venomous snakes and invertebrates, alligators, feral pigs, ticks, mosquitos, etc.) and plants (i.e., poison ivy). The member will frequently work alone in areas 30 to 45 minutes from the nearest staff member.
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. Must be able to work while using/wearing protective clothing and equipment (safety glasses and goggles, ear muffs, leather gloves, masks, hard hat, etc.).
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.
- Individual placement is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
- 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 (recommended)
- Must take all measures possible to ensure the safety of yourself and others and understand all safety precautions involved
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills (e.g. structured decision making and issues identification skills)
- Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
- Strong desire to enter the public service field as a conservation professional
- Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies
- Ability to begin work within the stated range of start dates will be strongly preferred
- Ability to work alone and be self-reliant.
- Ability to work with the public in a professional, science-based manner.
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 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.
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 Recruitment & Member Manager Dave Hecker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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.