American Conservation Experience

National Wildlife Refuge Trail Inventory Data Collection Team Member

Posted: November 25, 2019
Location: Nationwide/Traveling
Time Commitment: 39 weeks from the start date

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.

Data Collection Intern will be part of an interdisciplinary team charged with the generation of on the ground data collected across diverse USFWS lands. Data collection will be done according to standard and concise protocol.

This opportunity is intended for committed young professionals with GIS, trails inventory, or spatial data management background/experience. Those with trail maintenance or construction experience are encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilites

Trail Inventory Data Collection Interns will travel to an estimated 175 stations per year. This position is highly mobile and will require extended and frequent travel and the ability to be adaptive to ever changing locations, situations, and environmental conditions.

  • Participate in trail inventory data collection training.
  • Continuous travel to national wildlife refuges across the nation, spending 1-5 days at each location.
  • Conduct daily trail inventory activities, walking trails in all weather, recording trail data (e.g., location, length, slope, condition, deficiencies) using GIS enabled technology.
  • Provide appropriate documentation of inventory (photos, data points, reports).
  • Coordinate with the Trail Inventory Data Manager, Trail Inventory Coordinator, Trail Inventory Project Leader and others to ensure data is accurate and delivered in the required format by determined deadlines.
  • Participate in check-in calls with Trail Inventory team to report progress and discuss obstacles.
  • Assist the Trail Inventory team with other project-related tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Must be between the ages of 21 and 30 (35 if military service).
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. No personal vehicle is necessary as all travel between refuges and on site will be in the ACE project vehicle.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think critically and brainstorm creative solutions.
  • Willingness to represent ACE and USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner.

Desired Qualifications

  • Education and/or experience in data collection, trails construction/maintenance, GIS, or natural resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate work within schedule constraints and handle emergent requirements in a timely manner.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS.
  • Experience identifying and addressing challenges on a project before they become issues.
  • Strong desire to enter public service as a conservation professional.

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

Salary and Benefits

Interns will contribute 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $400/week paid out biweekly for food and incidental living expenses. Lodging and transportation will be provided during travel. AmeriCorps: Interns MAY be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award for up to $2,960 upon the successful completion of service.

Application Process

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and transcript (required) along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our webpage found here: