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Biological Science Member - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge

American Conservation Experience
Job Field:
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Randlett, UT
Job Description:

Biological Science Member - Ouray National Wildlife Refuge




American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking ONE Biological Science Member to contribute to the invasive plant removal project alongside Ouray National Wildlife Refuge Staff.


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Start Date: 4/22/24

Estimated End Date: 8/24/24

*an 18-week minimum commitment is required, approximately 720 hours*


Location Details/Description: Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, Randlett, UT

Ouray National Wildlife Refuge lies along the Green River in the Uinta Basin of northeastern Utah. The Refuge provides diverse habitats supporting over 350 fish and wildlife species and offers numerous wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities.


For more information about Ouray National Wildlife Refuge, please visit


Position Overview: The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. This position will help FWS realize its mission at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge.


The Biological Science Member will be an integral part of Ouray's invasive plant removal program by mechanically and chemically treating and removing invasive vegetation. Due to staffing limitations, the Refuge is in dire need of rehabilitation work to improve and maintain suitable habitat for migratory birds and endangered fish. The USFWS couldn't carry out its mission and achieve specific objectives without seasonal members.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.


The member will provide support and assistance under the guidance and direction of FWS staff in the following tasks:


Daily duties will include treating vegetation with herbicides, mechanical removal with sawzalls and hand tools, Refuge sign replacement, and other tasks related to core position functions above as they arise.


Collaborating with partners is very important to our work, and the Biological Science Member will be assisting with various Fisheries projects including hatchery work and multi-day electrofishing river trips.


Schedule: Duties will typically be carried out between 7am and 4:30pm Mountain Time, Monday - Friday. The current schedule is in a “5/4/9” format- nine hours per day with every other Friday off. There is also a possibility of a 4/10 schedule; four 10-hour days per week with every Friday off. Work hours may vary due to extreme heat. 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 (rare). This position does not work on federally recognized holidays. Time off may be granted and requests should be directed to ACE and the FWS for approval.


Members must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts

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.

A valid driver's license and an insurable driving record (documentation to be provided upon request).

Willing to undergo and must pass the required three-part criminal history check.

Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

ACE Members will need to complete bi-weekly timesheets, beginning of term feedback forms, end of term evaluations and for longer terms, a mid-term evaluation.

Member may not participate in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement or as defined by AmeriCorps.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, please visit our website:



Deep interest in invasive species management



Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: This position requires physical exertion such as hiking long distances over hot, wet and rough terrain while carrying up to 40 lbs.; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching, talking and hearing. Manual dexterity required for use of various tools, computer keyboard/mouse and other office equipment and may involve fine and precise procedures, delicate adjustments or exact measurements.

Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus.

Weight Lifted or Force Exerted: Frequently moves up to 40 lbs., ability to move up to 40 lbs.

Environmental: Primarily outdoor conditions. Work environment conditions can change frequently; working under adverse weather conditions and in various climates.

Noise Environment: Moderate to high noise such as hand and power tools.

Travel: This position may require domestic travel.



Environmental Conditions/Hazards:

The ACE member may encounter environmental conditions/hazards including extreme heat or cold, rocky terrain, biting insects, high humidity, 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. Duties are performed primarily outdoors. Temperature and weather extremes can be encountered in the performance of outdoor duties.


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), 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.




Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $500/week to offset the costs of food and incidental expenses, dispersed bi-weekly.


AmeriCorps Education Award Program: This position may be eligible for an 675-hour AmeriCorps Education Award while serving under the EAP 2023/24 grant year program, valued up to $2,626.27 upon successful completion of a complete service term and 675 hrs.


Loan Forbearance: If term is eligible for AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for federal loan forbearance. Additional enrollment steps are required.


Qualifying Child Care Coverage: If term is eligible for AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for qualifying child care coverage. Additional enrollment steps are required.


Public Land Corps Hiring Authority: Members serving under this agreement may be eligible for a federal hiring authority upon completion of their term of service and 640 hours of service. If the duration of a PLC-eligible term is not long enough for Members to accrue 640 hours of service (~16 weeks), the total hours served at the completion of the term may be eligible to be combined with hours accrued from another PLC-eligible term to meet the 640 hours requirement. PLC projects also include specific eligibility requirements such as age and citizenship. Please contact ACE staff with questions about eligibility, or view general information online:


Housing: ACE members will be accommodated in provided FWS housing at no cost for the duration of the term.



Relocation Allowance: ACE members will have access to up to $300 to be used for eligible relocation expenses. Further details regarding distribution of these funds will be provided during the interview process.


Gear Reimbursement: ACE members will have up to $200 to spend on eligible gear purchases. Eligible gear for this position must be approved by ACE staff prior to purchase.


Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position-specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Specific, required training will include First Aid/CPR and ORV certification. There may be additional opportunities as scheduling allows.


Grant Funding Opportunity: The selected candidate(s) for this position will be eligible to apply for ACE’s Access and Inclusion Grant. This is a $500 grant which is intended to make participation in ACE positions more accessible to individuals who are underrepresented in the conservation field. Grant recipients will be able to allocate this funding to financial need(s) of their choosing. A limited number of grants are available.

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: 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 Program Manager, Nich Jackosky, at


EEO: Employment with ACE is based upon ability, qualifications, attitude, and job-related factors. Every qualified employee or applicant has the same opportunity for recruitment, hire, training, transfer, promotion, compensation, demotion, termination, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information (including of a family member), veteran or military status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, marital or parental status, political affiliation, ethnicity, hair texture or style, arrest record, caste, hereditary status, endogamy, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

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