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Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Apprentice Individual Placement


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7851 Second Street SW Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Title: Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Maintenance Apprentice Individual Placement

Stipend: $600.00 Weekly Living Stipend (Travel/Training Costs, and Education Award)

Dates:   10/10/2022 - 10/02/2023

Term: 1 year, 52 weeks Full time

Reports To:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Location: 7851 Second Street SW, Albuquerque NM

Status:  1700 hour AmeriCorps Service Term 

Benefits:  AmeriCorps  Education Award $6,345.00 after each successful completion of term.



Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps’ Mission 

It is the mission of the Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps to lead our Nations back to cultural and ecological well being. The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps is specifically designed to engage Native American youth and young adults with offices in Acoma Pueblo, Albuquerque (Tiwa Territory), Gallup (Navajo Nation), Zuni Pueblo, and Hopi Nation.  *Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps also serves tribal communities in the regions we operate outside of our 5 offices.  Native American applicants are preferred .


AmeriCorps Mission Statement:

AmeriCorps mission statement is “to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based direct national and community service.” 


Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge Mission:

The mission of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is to carry out the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. In addition, it must further carry out the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and follow and incorporate the 8 Standards of Excellence for Urban National Wildlife Refuges.


The refuge's vision is to use an innovative and collaborative approach to connect people with wildlife, plants, and the land by providing equitable and just ways to deepen personal relationships with nature. The refuge balances healthy natural habitat management with opportunities for education, visitor engagement, youth employment, community involvement, and stewardship.


Valle de Oro Maintenance Apprentice Individual Placement (IP) Overview:

The purpose of the maintenance program at the refuge is to establish and maintain refuge infrastructure, visitor amenities and wildlife habitat and to further implement the 8 standards of excellence for urban wildlife refuges, while preparing the participant for a career with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as a Maintenance Technician. Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge has an ongoing need for additional support in the maintenance program to complete a wide array of projects that advance the refuge's mission to create a space for wildlife and people. Assistance is needed in maintaining refuge buildings and grounds and in habitat creation and restoration work. 


The Maintenance Apprentice Individual Placement (IP) will be assisting with the ambitious effort to transform a former 570-acre dairy/agricultural farm into a mosaic of nature, native Middle Rio Grande Valley habitats that have not been present on the property in over 119 years. This includes restoration of nearly 80-acres of wetlands, over 100-acres of mesic grasslands and riparian forests, and about 100 acres of semi-arid/arid grasslands and deserts. All of this will occur adjacent to the historic Rio Grande and its Bosque and just south of Albuquerque. In addition, the project will focus on improving storm water drainage and water quality for the community north of the refuge. The intern will be working  to establish and maintain infrastructure that will support all restoration efforts as well as infrastructure to create a positive space for refuge visitors, staff and volunteers.


The IP will receive on the job training from the refuge's experienced maintenance staff team as well as opportunities to travel to other regional wildlife refuges to learn from staff at those sites, opportunities for training through the USFWS regional office in Albuquerque, as well as time set aside for professional development and skills trainings and course work at Central New Mexico Community College. 



Essential functions and responsibilities:


  1. Assisting with maintenance and cleaning of Refuge buildings. 
  2. Assisting with planning, construction, maintenance and upkeep of Visitor Amenities: including but not limited to landscaped areas, trails, fence lines, signs, benches, shade structures etc. 
  3. Assisting with Biology Program: removing invasive species using mechanical methods, hand removal and application of pesticides; assisting with irrigation; planting and watering native plant species.
  4. Complete coursework and trainings in a satisfactory manner and apply this skills to work at the Refuge.  


Required Skills

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to qualify as a student at Central New Mexico Community College (TBD certification classes)
  • Valid driver's license with clean driving record in last 3 years
  • Ability to work outdoors in all conditions
  • Consistent, positive mental attitude and work ethic, ability to work as a member of a team
  • Open to constructive feedback
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Can work independently once provided instructions and materials
  • Problem solving and decision making skills
  • Maturity level that allows for supervision and motivation of others,
  • Ability to take initiative and follow through with project goals

Required Experience

  • 21 years of age or older
  • U.S. Citizenship Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
  • Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
  • A passport indicating that the INS has been approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
  • A departure record (INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Periodic overnight work and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekends and evenings, 6pm-6am (required to work nights during irrigation)
  • Participate in occasional offsite in person/virtual meetings, trainings, and presentations



Apply Now!


To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application.  Contact Ryan Aguilar at or Andrea Hanks at with any questions.


This position is located at 7851 Second Street SW, Albuquerque, NM. View the Google Map in full screen.