Invasive Species Member at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Iroquois National Wildlfe Refuge.

Eight weeks paid position for students or recent graduates from Natural Resource or Life Science fields.

Project description

American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit conservation corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), is seeking 2 Invasive Species Members to assist with mapping and management of invasive species as well as other biological projects alongside Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Staff.

The refuge serves primarily as a nesting, feeding, resting and staging areas for migratory waterfowl. The varied habitats support approximately 266 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, plus reptiles, fish, amphibians and insects. Bald eagles have maintained an active nest on the refuge since 1986. Management goals also address the needs of species of special concern including black tern, black ducks, osprey, American woodcock, and peregrine falcons that use the refuge during some time of the year.

This individual placement is meant to facilitate personal growth and professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with agency professionals. This could include gaining experience in a variety of conservation fields and/or shadowing different work groups.

Members will primarily assist with mapping and management of invasive plants. Members may travel to nearby refuges to assist with work. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities on the refuge.

Primary Duties include:

  • GIS mapping of invasive plants using a rapid protocol established in the North Atlantic-Appalachian Region
  • Searching for new infestations (Early Detection Rapid Response)- methods may vary by refuge
  • Physical removal of invasive plants including hand pulling or with tools (not including chain saws). Work may be conducted by canoe or kayak (e.g., pulling water chestnut).
  • Assist with other refuge projects including biological surveys, refuge festivals, and other refuge events.

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Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment 8 weeks after start date, 40 hours per week 
Start time May, June or July
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In Person in Basom, NY
Level of collaboration Working alone and with a small team
Benefits Paid experience 
Who is eligible Undergraduates or recent graduates in the Natural Resource/Life Science Fields

Core partners

Project mentor

Heather Williams

Clinical Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences and Environment and Sustainability

Phone: (716) 645-4912


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Preparation activities

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Biological Sciences