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14 Nov 2022

Internship Biology Support Member, Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

American Conservation Experience – Posted by cbarnwell Shirley, New York, United States

Job Description

ACE EPIC placements provide young adults with focused, hands-on opportunities to work alongside and under the guidance of agency mentors as they apply their knowledge of resource management on their path to becoming the next generation of resource and land managers. 


Funding for ACE positions is provided by a federal program designed specifically for the employment of youth and young adults. 


For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.


Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit conservation corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking 2 Biology Support Members to assist with salt marsh monitoring and data management as well as other biological projects alongside Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff. 


Start Date: January 16, 2023

End Date: May 5, 2023 (Start and end dates are flexible, +/- 2 weeks, based on candidate availability)


**16-week commitment required, approximately 640 hours**


Location: Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Shirley, NY


For more information about Long Island NWR Complex, please visit https://www.fws.gov/northeast/longislandrefuges/


Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Monday-Friday.  Bi-weekly totals should not exceed 80 hours.  A flexible work schedule may be required, which could involve work performed outside of normal work hours including on weekends and/or holidays.  Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval.


Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute approximately 40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $425/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided agency housing at no cost for the duration of the term. When residing in FWS provided-housing or on FWS lands, strict adherence to site specific policies and/or regulations is required.


AmeriCorps: This position may be eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,678.57) upon successful completion of service hours. Additional enrollment 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. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility.


Position Description:

This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals. This could include gaining experience in a variety of conservation fields and/or shadowing different work groups.


Members will primarily assist with monitoring and management of salt marsh, as well as data management tasks. Members will travel to nearby refuges to assist with work. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities on the refuge. 


Primary Duties include:


  • Completing assigned tasks related to information and data collection, acquisition, entry, organization and management
  • Biological data entry into regional FWS databases
  • Carrying out management activities
  • Supporting biological surveys and monitoring 
  • Conducting reconnaissance surveys of salt marshes
  • Participate in the installation of beach closures for breeding shorebirds
  • Assist with other refuge projects including biological surveys, refuge outreach events, and other refuge duties.


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.


Environmental Conditions/Hazards:  The member may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, wet and windy weather, rocky terrain, muddy, swamp, or wetland conditions, biting insects, dense vegetation, poison ivy, pollen, and potentially dangerous wildlife. Hazards may also include mixing herbicides according to product labels, trailering a UTV, loading and unloading the UTV, and operating battery powered hand tools including saws, drills, etc. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources. The member will be working in vegetated areas with a high potential for tick and mosquito exposure.  Refuge staff will provide safety briefings and personal protective equipment in order to minimize exposure to vector-borne diseases.  


Vehicle and Equipment Use/Safety: If a vehicle is required for the accomplishment of the duties, one will be provided by the FWS or ACE.  Defensive driving and UTV safety training will be required per FWS Policy. Any tools required for the accomplishment of the duties will be provided by the FWS. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), typically provided by the FWS, will be mandatory for any activity that requires it.  Strict adherence to FWS and ACE equipment training, certification and safety protocols is required.





  • 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.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A valid driver’s license, an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request), and a personal vehicle.
  • Willing to undergo and must pass required criminal history checks.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.



  • Holding or pursuing a 2-year or 4-year college degree (education or experience in natural resources, biology, ecology or a related subject preferred)
  • Able to walk and stand for long periods
  • Able to physically pull or remove invasive plants with hand tools
  • Familiarity with GPS and iPads
  • Ensure quality of the data collected
  • Drive a vehicle and navigate to new destinations
  • Familiarity with salt marsh habitats and ability to learn
  • Ability to work in a team and accept guidance from supervisor and other refuge staff
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to live communally in a clean and respectful manner
  • Willingness to work in field conditions which will include insects, cold, rain
  • Willingness to participate in training 
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How to Apply

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: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com   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 USFWS Member Manager, Claire Barnwell, cbarnwell@usaconservation.org, 585-484-7626.    Vaccination Requirement: ACE Members must verify that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or have requested and been granted a medical or religious exemption to vaccination by the time they start their term.   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.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Internship. Job Tags: Biology and environment. Salaries: Less than 20,000.


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