American Conservation Experience - Staff
  • ACE
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • EPIC

Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is seeking a fellow to lead the collection, and assist with the assimilation and delivery of a variety of spatial and other information of existing trails systems at an estimated 350 stations on USFWS lands across the U.S.

The 2018-2021 USFWS Trails Inventory Program is part of an ongoing, nationwide effort to compile a comprehensive and accurate trail and trail asset database for all trails and trail assets located on Service lands so that the agency can make informed management and maintenance decisions regarding trail systems in the future. This is required by Title USC 23, which requires the Service and other Federal Land Management Agencies to inventory all public use transportation assets under their purview. Trails are considered part of those transportation assets.

The incumbent will be part of an interdisciplinary team charged with the generation of an estimated 350 trail inventory reports from a geodatabase supplied by the USFWS. The recipient will utilize an existing Service report module to generate the trail inventory reports. The reports will be submitted to the Service for review and acceptance.

This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with GIS, trails inventory, as well as complex spatial data management background/experience. Those with an undergraduate degree, background or experience in these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Start Date:  February 2019 (Tentative)

End Date:  Approximately 59 weeks from the start date 

Location: This is a field-based position requiring frequent travel, supervised by the ACE's Salt Lake City, Utah Office

Project Website:  To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:

Compensation: The ACE Fellow will contribute ~40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $600/week paid out biweekly for food, housing, and incidental living expenses.  Finding housing is the responsibility of the fellow (ACE will assist by providing local knowledge of rental market, where possible).

Position Description:  Lead Trail Inventory Data Collection Teams for an estimated 175 stations per year (350 total).

The National Trails Project Leader will spend time at Intern Dispersal Hubs (45%) with frequent forays into the field with Data Collection Teams (45%), and attend training in Salt Lake City (10%).

Frequent travel and ability to be adaptive is required.

In collaboration with the National Trails Inventory Coordinator and USFWS study site personnel, the Project Leader will provide day-to-day coordination, mentoring and oversight of Data Collection Intern Teams (10 Interns).

Serve as Collateral Duty Safety Officer for the entire project.  Work in coordination with the Inventory Coordinator to ensure that comprehensive safety protocols are followed by Data Collection Interns at all times.

The Project Leader will serve as primary assistant to the Trails Inventory Coordinator in logistical planning, as needed.

Will serve as "Acting Trails Inventory Coordinator" as needed with an understanding of expectations.

Participate in daily trail inventory activities as needed and suggest changes to increase efficacy.

Serve as an on-site liaison between Data Collection Interns and USFWS study site staff.

Ensure equipment is procured, maintained and secured.

Work collaboratively with the National Trails Coordinator to manage logistically challenging data collection operations and ensuring that the needs of field-based Data Collection Intern teams are met.

Coordinate with the Data Manager, National Trails Coordinator, and Data Collection Interns to ensure data is accurate and delivered in the desired format by previously determined deadlines.

Work collaboratively with USFWS and Trails Inventory Coordinator to develop protocols used to conduct Trails Data Collection on USFWS Units.

Assist with the organization of date collection training for ACE Data Collection staff.

Participate in QA/QC all data.

Work collaboratively with USFWS in data wrap up, project finalization and reporting findings as required, communicating with ACE on final project analysis.



  • This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with extensive background/experience in managing and coordinating complex team logistics. Those with an undergraduate degree, background or experience in these disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent personnel management and team interaction skills including the management of complex logistics for multiple teams at several locations simultaneously.
  • Fellowship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents only.
  • Fellow must be between the age of 18 and 30 (up to 35 for military veterans).
  • A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is not required. Must be 21 to operate an ACE vehicle.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and brainstorm creative solutions. 
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other federal land management agencies.
  • Strong desire to enter the public service field.                        
  • Strong knowledge of the USFWS mission.
  • Knowledge of the system of lands and waters managed by the USFWS
  • Ability to work effectively either in office or field setting.

The fellow must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.  ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: 

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC USFWS Recruitment & Member Manager, Melissa Early at (801) 573-8984 or or Kevin Sloan, National Director, USFWS Division at (385) 226-7939 or

Check out our website and our Facebook page for more details about ACE!

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ex, 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.

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