USFWS- Habitat Restoration and Natural Resource Management Intern

Website Kaua'I National Wildlife Refuge


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.

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 resident
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of their internship

Please Apply HERE

Position Description:

During the 11 week internship experience, interns will assist the ecological restoration and recovery efforts for five endangered and threatened waterbirds (Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian duck, Hawaiian gallinule, Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian goose) and their habitat on federally protected lands at Kaua’I National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, the intern will support special events, environmental education, and interpretation. Interns will be working with partner agencies across the island for hands-on experience and opportunities to observe varying conservation careers and pathways.

The intern will assist and gain experience in:

  • Invasive species management: identifying, mapping, controlling, and monitoring using new digital applications
  • Implementation for new digital data collection and mapping applications
  • Attending an annual statewide three day conference for conservation to learn about ground breaking projects, research, and networking opportunities
  • Supporting facilities and property maintenance including buildings, fences, dikes, etc.
  • Assist with evaluating and providing recommendations for all Refuge programs including: updates to increase efficacy, creation of record-keeping and information sharing documentation

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

  • Create weekly blog posts shared on social media informing on internship experience and work projects
  • Create visitor use analysis study for new Viewpoint area
  • Assist with creation of new interpretive materials for the newly opened portion of the Refuge at Hanalei (Viewpoint)

Intern Qualifications:


  • Ability to work well with coworkers and function effectively as a member of a team and during independent work
  • Desire to learn natural resources, conservation and habitat management concepts and policies
  • Ability to collect and enter data following refuge protocols; good attention to details
  • Skill in written, oral, and interpersonal communications to effectively work with others to accomplish tasks
  • Flexibility to work independently in the field or as part of/leading a group

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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