Asheville Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America





Internships with the Asheville Field Office



Internship contact:

Gary Peeples
160 Zillicoa St.
Asheville, NC 28801
office: 828/258-3939, ext 234
cell: 828/216-4970
fax: 828/258-5330


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Asheville Ecological Services Field Office

The Asheville Field Offices is currnently seeking interns

The work of our interns can be divided into three areas:

1) Administrative support – Ours interns help tremendously with the day to day operation of the office. This includes managing the recycling program, overseeing vehicle maintenance, filing, greeting visitors, answering telephone calls, etc.

 2) Assisting biological staff with projects – Often biologists want assistance with projects they’re working on, and so interns are assigned to work with a biologist on a specific project. Once a project is assigned to an intern, the intern works one-on-one with the biologist to bring the project to fruition. This has included work like developing a nature trail on a high school campus, writing a draft management plan for a Southern Appalachian bog, or digitizing old data into a GIS format. We work to match projects to the skills and interests of the intern.

 3) Assisting with field work – Though often the most exciting component of the position, it is also the rarest.  Occasionally biologists need intern assistance with field work. Examples of typical field work include surveying for mussels, checking flying squirrel nesting boxes, or counting the number of plants in a population. 

Desirable skills (we do not expect applicants to have all these skills)
Interpersonal - Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and personality types.
Personal – Reliable, ability to work independently, displays positive attitude and initiative, well-organized.
Software experience - MS Office suite, Arc GIS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premier Elements
Technical knowledge/experience - Environmental education and outreach techniques, written and oral communication, biology/botany/wildlife biology/stream ecology, social media strategy and implementation, grants management, property management.

Hours and location:  A successful job candidate must have the ability to work approximately 20 hours a week.  Our office is located at 160 Zillicoa Street just off Broadway in Asheville. 

Pay rate:  Federal pay grade GS-3 to GS-4, depending on course work and qualifications.  Housing and other expenses are not provided. 

Eligibility requirements:  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and be accepted for enrollment, or enrolled, as a degree-seeking student at an accredited technical or vocational school, 2 or 4 year college, or university and have at least a 2.0 GPA.  The student must be taking at least a half-time course load as defined by the school.  Applicants must be able to work for at least one year.  The successful candidate(s) will also have to pass a federal criminal background check. 

For complete descritpions of the positions and how to apply, visit our internship announcements on the federal job website,

Internship positions (2 positions) focused on providing biological support:

Internship (1 positioin) focused on budget and office administration:


Additionally, certain National Wildlfie Refuges have extremely active and ongoing internship programs and regularly accept applications.

The Service also has a recruitment program, the Student Career Experience Program, or SCEP. Acceptance into SCEP establishes the student in a co-operative work situation where the student works for the Service, alternating work time with academic study, or pursuing the two concurrently. Satisfactory completion of SCEP may lead to permanent employment with the Service.





Last Updated: January 23, 2012