USFWS – National Wildlife Refuge Specialist Intern

Website Willapa National Wildlife Refuge


Must be enrolled until 2024.

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

Please Apply HERE

Position Description:

The Willapa NWR Complex consists of three refuges, with the majority of staff working out of the Headquarters Office. A smaller office is located at Julia Butler Hansen (JBH) Refuge. Willapa NWR is located in a small rural town, Long Beach, that gets a lot of tourist activity during the summer with people visiting from the Portland and Seattle area. Willapa NWR is managed to protect migratory birds, as well as a few endangered species.

At Willapa NWR will provide the intern with 11 weeks of diverse sets of opportunities in all departments, including visitor services, biology, maintenance, management, and the partners programs in order to provide an understanding of operations. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of all things National Wildlife Refuge including:

  • Biological surveys
  • Providing quality customer service to refuge visitors
  • Learning and implementing different strategies, tools, and techniques for managing a wildlife refuge and ensuring the sustainability and resiliency of the habitats, wildlife, and people
  • Opportunity to visit and network with staff at other refuge complexes, the regional office, and partner organizations

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

  • Create weekly blog posts shared on social media informing on internship experience and work projects

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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