USFWS- Biology and Visitor Services Intern

Website Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex


Must be enrolled until 2024.

Start Date: June 19th          

End Date: September 1st, 2023


Start Date: May 22nd           

End Date: August 4th, 2023 

Compensation: $600/week (11 weeks) + health insurance (if needed). Travel costs to trainings, the site and back home are covered by the program. Support with housing provided. Transportation is required.

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

Environment for the Americas seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse professionals in natural resource careers.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal residentCar is required
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of their internship

Please Apply HERE

Position Description:

During the 11 weeks, interns will have experiential opportunities with various refuge programs at the Mid-Columbia River Visitor Center and National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Interns will perform habitat management alongside maintenance and invasive species crews by helping mow upland habitat, install burrowing owl artificial burrows, monitoring and removing invasive plant populations, conducting native plant seed collection, and doing habitat restoration for sagebrush lizards. Visitor services staff will provide opportunities to engage with youth through local partnerships and a YCC crew. The intern will also gain exposure in the development of a new program to engage the expanding adjacent urban population and Hispanic community. The Complex’s staff, across all programs, has a deep recognition of the value of developing the Service’s next generation of leaders and engaging under-served communities. Thus, the intern will work in an environment of close and enthusiastic support.

The intern will gain experience in:

  • Providing visitors support at the environmental education center
  • Opportunities to network and interact with state wildlife agencies, other refuges and ES field offices, regional office staff, our Friends group, and local leaders
  • Guide outdoor activities program (hiking, kayaking), and support the hosting of public events in conjunction with the Friends Group
  • Assisting biologist conducting surveys for breeding western grebes and long-billed curlews, monarchs and sagebrush lizards, waterfowl banding, and helping with various other habitat monitoring projects
  • Trainings could include ATV, tractor and boat operation, and CPR

Work Products:  During the internship experience, the intern will:

  • Create weekly blog posts shared on social media informing on internship experience and work projects
  • Development of a new program to engage the expanding adjacent urban population and Hispanic community

Intern Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well with coworkers and function effectively as a member of a team and during independent work

Other Requirements:

  • Attend bi-weekly check in with EFTA staff and meet as a group on a monthly basis
  • Strong communication skills to work with the cohort, EFTA staff, government agency staff, and the public

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