05 Oct Refuge Outreach and Management Intern
Please apply HERE
Application Deadline: November 5, 2021
Internship Start Date: January 3, 2022
Internship End Date: January 3, 2023
Stipend = $600/week + health insurance
Dorm style, fully-furnished housing provided (Personal Vehicle Required)
Intern position description: Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist in wildlife and habitat conservation in Liberty County, Texas. The selected intern will gain a 360° view of what it takes to be a safe and effective employee in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Intern will work primarily in education and outreach, helping the established Junior Ranger program. This position will also have the opportunity to conduct biological and maintenance duties throughout the refuge. Biological and maintenance duties could vary e.g wildlife surveys, colonial waterbird surveys, bat acoustic surveys, eradication of invasive species, working with zero turn mowers and weed trimmers.
The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge features thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and recreational use land area. The Refuge has over a 100 bird species that live or use the area as a migration stopover. The venomous cottonmouth water moccasin, turtles and alligators are just some of the reptile species that are found in the refuge. Common mammals such as the white-tailed deer, coyotes, raccoons, and an occasional bobcat can be found on refuge. The refuge features a diverse hunting program during October-January.
Work Products: Key deliverables of the internship
- Interpretation – Intern will assist in carrying out the Junior Ranger program at a local school and in the nearby forest
- Volunteer Projects – Intern will also assist with tree planting, trail maintenance, and other outreach events such as fishing days.
- Data collection - Recording, mapping, and updating work performed in databases and with GPS/GIS; reporting volunteer hours; managing tools and supplies.
- Natural Resource Management -Intern will also be involved in other activities such as treatments for invasive plants and animals. This may involve reconnaissance, monitoring, herbicide treatments, and data collection of invasive plants such as Chinese tallow, trifoliate orange, and privet.
- Citizen Science Support - Intern will help promote refuge flora and fauna through iNaturalist, Texas Nature trackers, and eBird.
- Trail Maintenance – Intern will support in building and maintaining hiking trails by removing obstructions from trails and placing trail markers on trees.
- Media - Intern will help with positively promoting the refuge using newspaper, radio, and social media.
- Trapping and handling – Intern will assist with disease surveillance by trapping feral hogs and mosquitoes. The position will as require capturing non-venomous snakes, lizards, bugs, frogs, and other specimens for educational purposes
- Education/Prior experience in Ecology and or public outreach/education
- Ability to work independently for 8 hours without supervision in remote locations
- Ability to interact with the public in a professional manner
- A valid driver’s license, with a good driving record
- Must be comfortable preforming work duties in hot, humid, mosquito/blackfly habitat and remote conditions
- Ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS experience not required, but a plus)
- Prior Experience and/or Willingness to handle live animals, including insects
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Comfortable with the principles of invasive species control
- Keep a positive attitude in adverse condition
- Personal Vehicle is required
- Personal Computer
- Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plants and wildlife communities on public lands and eagerness to work outside under all conditions
- Education and/or experience in biological sciences particularly ecology, environmental studies, and botany
- Work independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time
- Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while building community
- Knowledge of ArcGIS applications, and GPS units
- Pesticide application
- Fluent in Spanish is a bonus
Housing is located 10 miles south of Dayton, TX, at our Champion Lake Public Use Area and is provided to interns free of charge. Amenities include a full kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. A TV with local channels is present, and a Hot Spot will be provided. Interns will have access to canoes and kayaks present at the bunkhouse. No pets will be allowed. No alcohol will be allowed on premises. No smoking is allowed in the bunkhouse or vehicles.