EPIC Intern Profiles


ACE EPIC Interns and Fellows work nationwide in variety of different program areas and agencies. Meet some of the ACE EPIC Interns and Fellows below. Be sure to check back soon to meet more ACE members!

The National Park Service (NPS)

Danielle Powell

ACE AmeriCorps NPS Pinnacles National Park Condor Program Intern

Danielle received her Bachelor of Science in zoology and a minor in math and science education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is passionate about conservation and the environment as well as animals (particularly endangered species). She found out about this internship after she graduated and it sounded like the perfect chance to simultaneously do something she loves and gain field experience before attending graduate school for wildlife or conservation biology. As a part of the Condor Program at Pinnacles National Park, Danielle spends the majority of her time hiking to high places and tracking condors using radio telemetry as well as observing behaviors and feeding events. She also educates people on the trails about the condors, the Condor Program, and anything else they may have questions about. In addition to this, she occasionally participates in Search and Rescue trainings to work toward becoming a certified Search and Rescue technician. She also helps with grant research and writing and sometimes works with the vegetation crew on invasives. Danielle enjoys reading, photography, and watching movies in her free time.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Hannah Cowan

ACE BLM Utah State Office Paleontology Permitting Fellow

Hannah graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2011 with majors in Geology and Biology and a thesis in Paleontology. Throughout her college career, Hannah traveled to Ohio for paleontological and sedimentary research, the Bahamas to study coral reef ecology, Massachusetts for a mammalogy lab, and Alaska for glacial studies. Post college, Hannah worked in the White Mountain National Forest as a Naturalist Guide, teaching outdoor education on multi-day backpacking trips for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and shared her love of skiing working as a PSIA certified ski instructor at Snowbird Ski Resort. In her free time, Hannah can be found backpacking, trail running, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and reading. Hannah now works for the Bureau of Land Management in the Utah State Office as the ACE Paleontology Permitting Fellow where she manages the databases, issues permits, creates GIS survey maps, develops outreach programs, and works closely with the cultural resources team.

The U.S. Forest Services (USFS)

Jessica Mauck

ACE USFS Inyo National Forest Archaeological Technician Fellow

Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UCLA and is currently working on her Master’s in Historical Archaeology from the University of Leicester. After completion of her dissertation, she hopes to earn her certificate in Geographical Information Systems so she can find a job in the field of archaeology in the southwestern United States working closely with mapping and geography. She has volunteered and worked surveying state parks, conserving rock gardens at Manzanar National Monument, excavating near Bakersfield with the University, sorting through artifact collections in labs, and surveying in Lone Pine. During her ACE Fellowship, she has been working for the South Zone Archaeologist for the Inyo National Forest as an archaeology technician. While she occasionally helps with field work, her main priorities are to compile technical reports utilizing field data and ArcGIS. Through her fellowship with ACE she has learned so much about practical archaeology in the United States, what it is like to work in federal archaeology, the politics and negotiations that take place between the government and the tribes, technical report-writing, ArcGIS, etc.! Jessica loves to read, travel, sketch, and share meals and conversation with friends and family in her free time.

The Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD)

Bennett Hardy

ACE AZGFD, Native Fish Management Intern

Bennett is a recent graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Conservation. During his first season working within the natural resources field, he worked as a field assistant in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee surveying salamander populations. The following season he was employed by the USDA Forest Service and monitored populations of Cascades frogs, a species of special concern in California, in alpine wet meadow systems in the southern Cascades. He was fortunate to have directly contributed to the project by conducting his honors thesis on a disease treatment for this species. Prior to his ACE position, Bennett assisted research in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica surveying endangered frog populations throughout the country. In his free time, Bennett enjoys traveling, playing hockey, and cooking. Bennett will be serving as the ACE Native Fish Management Intern with the Arizona Game and Fish Department working with threatened Apache trout in the White Mountains.

2013 ACE FWS Interagency Wilderness Fellows

The Wilderness Fellows Initiative was established to advance wilderness stewardship in our federally protected areas while providing young professionals an opportunity to gain valuable career experience. ACE Wilderness Fellows provide on-the-ground support to help staff integrate wilderness character into monitoring, planning, and management with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. For each wilderness, Fellows collect and compile data to produce baseline assessments for local wilderness character that address the special and unique qualities of each wilderness, and assist staff in many ways to improve wilderness stewardship. This year, Fellows will work on wilderness character assessments for federal lands spanning the country, from Alaska to Georgia. These assessments will be produced for wilderness areas at 14 National Wildlife Refuges, one National Fish Hatchery, two National Parks, one National Recreation Area, and one National Forest.

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