ACE EPIC works nationwide with a variety of partners – federal land management agencies, as well as private and non-profit conservation organizations – to provide hands-on internship opportunities for young, knowledgable, and driven recent graduates in the field of land and conservation management. In National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands across America, ACE EPIC links young emerging conservation professionals with individual internship opportunities to serve under the guidance of agency and partner mentors for all disciplines and fields of land management and conservation. EPIC Interns work in a wide spectrum of land management disciplines, including botany, wildlife and marine biology, archeology, volunteer coordination, ecology and conservation, recreation resource management, education, outreach, range, trails, interpretation, ecological restoration, GIS, etc.
Current ACE EPIC Partners
The National Park Service (NPS)
The National Park Service is the part of the Department of the Interior and works to maintain and preserve areas of the nation that have been deemed historically, naturally, and culturally significant for the people of the United States. Internships with the NPS through EPIC will work under the supervision of agency mentors and will be involved with assignments that place a premium on the focused preservation of the irreplaceable lands designated as National Parks or Monuments. Located throughout the United States, individuals interning with the NPS will encounter extremely challenging –and also rewarding–types of experience with managing public lands that encompass everything from resource education and protection, restoration crew work, to invasive and vegetation management and more.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The Bureau of Land Management is a federal agency that supervises large swaths of the nation’s land –both on the surface and below– that otherwise does not fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service or other agencies. Internship positions within the BLM will include specialized on-site work in all of the wide range of unique areas and environments that the agency maintains. EPIC Interns working within the BLM will experience specific land management positions that cover everything from forestry, rangeland management, mineral resources, invasive species and vegetation management, outreach, to wilderness management.
US FISH AND WILDLIFE Service (USFWS)
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal agency that manages the natural habitats –both aquatic and terrestrial– of fish and other wildlife that are outside the jurisdiction of other land management organizations. Internship positions with the USFWS through EPIC will comprise of highly specialized methods of preserving these aforementioned habitats so that the public can continue to enjoy the numerous benefits that they represent.
US FOREST SERVICE (USFS)
The United States Forest Service is the federal agency that manages a large portion of the nation’s forest, rangeland, and aquatic ecosystems. Internships with the USFS through EPIC will be involved –in various concentrated ways– with carrying out the agency’s mission “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of future generations.”
Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS)
The Natural Resource Conservation Services is a federal agency that has the daunting task of managing the nation’s natural resources that exist in privately owned lands–nearly seventy percent of the nation’s landmass. EPIC interns working with the NRCS will specialize in areas of conservation that attempt to ensure that these private lands are conserved, restored, and are prepared for environmental challenges.
Catalina Island Conservancy
The Catalina Island Conservancy is a private land trust that strives to conserve and protect the species and endangered habitats of Catalina Island. Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is home a wide variety of plants and animals that are threatened by human expansion and environmental factors. EPIC interns working with the Catalina Island Conservancy will specialize in ecological monitoring and restoration projects that are unique to Catalina Island, but are also applicable to various locales throughout the world.