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4 Apr 2022

Internship Visitor Service Support Members (2) – Edwin B. Forsythe NWR

American Conservation Experience – Posted by cbarnwell Galloway, New Jersey, 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. 


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Summary:  American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit conservation corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking  TWO Visitor Services Support Members  to contribute to public visitor programming alongside Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Staff. During this term, the ACE members will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff in the accomplishment of interpretive programming, recreation management, and outreach.


Start Date: 5/23/2022

End Date:  09/10/2022

**16-week commitment required**


Location: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge was originally two distinct refuges: Brigantine and Barnegat.  They were established in 1939 and 1967 respectively, to protect tidal wetland and shallow bay habitat for migratory water birds. In 1984 they were combined under the Edwin B. Forsythe name, in honor of the late conservationist Congressman from New Jersey.  The refuge protects more than 48,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats which is actively managed for migratory birds. More than 82 percent of Forsythe refuge is wetlands, of which 78 percent is salt marsh, interspersed with shallow coves and bays.  The refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths makes it an important link in seasonal bird migration. Its value for the protection of water birds and their habitat continues to increase as people develop the New Jersey shore for our own use. 

The refuge lies on the indigenous homelands of the Lenni Lenape. Lenni Lenape Indians were the first people to enjoy the wealth of seafood available in New Jersey. Lenni Lenape means “true people” in the language of the Delaware Indians. 


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Work Schedule: Duties will primarily be carried out Wednesday – Sunday.  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 $728/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


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


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. More information can be provided upon request.


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.


The member will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff to:


  • Develop and present a variety of interpretive programs including orientation talks, conducted walks and demonstrations, to a variety of general public audiences or school groups.
  • ​​Prepare and conduct on- and off-site interpretation programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Assist with the management of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities such as wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation.
  • Communicate effectively with visitors and staff by writing or through interpretive activities that aid in implementing the refuge’s outreach program.  
  • Assist with development or revision of environmental education and interpretive materials, brochures, web content, exhibits and signs.
  • Assist in operation of a visitor center.
  • Assist with engaging local communities and developing partnerships.


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 Visitor Services Support Members may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, swamp or wetland conditions, biting insects, and potentially dangerous wildlife. The member is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow staff/members or resources. 


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.  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 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.
  • Competitive applicants for this position must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered:
    • Holding a 4-year degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines. 



  • Knowledge of Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Conservation, Interpretation and Environmental Education
  • Ability and willingness to learn new things, work with the public, ask questions, work in a team, work outdoors
  • Deep interest in connecting with the public, community engagement, nature

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:     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 Division Support Specialist, Claire Barnwell,, (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: environmental education, Fish & Wildlife Service, and visitor services. Salaries: Less than 20,000.

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