Invasive Species Member at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Montezuma 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 Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Staff.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge lies at the north end of Cayuga Lake, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, within an hour of downtown Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca. Montezuma serves as a major stopover site for waterfowl and shorebirds on migration and provides nesting habitat for rails, bitterns, and other waterbirds. Currently, the refuge consists of more than 10,000 acres as the US Fish and Wildlife Service works with partners to restore and enhance wetland habitats and populations of wetland-dependant wildlife on 50,000 acres of the former Montezuma Marsh. The National Audubon Society recognized the Montezuma Wetlands Complex as its first Important Bird Area in New York, as well as a Globally Important Bird Area. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge provides habitats for an abundance and diversity of wildlife species. The wide array of both resident and migratory species found on the refuge is due to the varied habitat types found in the marsh/upland complex. The mix of wooded wetlands, emergent marsh, and mixed successional stages of vegetation on the upland areas all contribute to the species diversity of the wildlife community found at Montezuma.

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