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Interns and Volunteers at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Many students who have interned at Seney National Wildlife Refuge go on to have promising careers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, a Department of Natural Resources, State Parks or other natural resource oriented organizations.

  • Visitor Services Internships

    Visitor Services Intern talking with Public

    The refuge offers numerous recreational opportunities including driving tours, roads open to hiking and biking opportunities, paddling opportunities, bird watching, nature observation, hunting, fishing and photography. The goal of the Visitor Services Staff is to inspire guests to care about natural areas ensuring their protection for years to come. Interns provide talks and tours, create publications and signs, operate the Visitor Center and much more. Many interns have gone on to have promising careers in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, the Department of Natural Resources or for other agencies and non-profit organizations.

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  • Applied Science Internships

    Tree Height

    Each year the refuge offers up to three Applied Sciences Program internships with Dr. Greg Corace. These internship opportunities are usually advertised on websites of related professional organizations.

  • Volunteers

    Volunteer Patch

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge annually relies on the annual contributions of over 60 volunteers. Many volunteers staff the Visitor Center Information Desk and help visitors plan their day. They also staff activity booths during special events, lead school and nature programs, conduct wildlife surveys, assist with maintenance projects and a variety of other tasks. Volunteers make a huge difference at Seney National Wildlife Refuge!

    Volunteers normally serve on a regular basis, such as one weekly four-hour shift at the visitor center and typically commute from the local area and nearby towns. We also welcome occasional volunteers for special projects. 

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  • Residential Volunteers

    Building the recycling facility.

    Each year the refuge invites one to three individuals to participate in the residential volunteer program. Residential volunteers wear many hats while working at the refuge. They assist with the refuge's recycling program, work shifts at the Visitor Center Front Desk, assist with maintenance or data entry or one of the other duties as outlined in the volunteer position descriptions. They are expected to work 20 to 40 hours each week in exchange for a place to park their trailer. Interested RV applicants need to be relatively self-sufficient and able to take care of their own facility maintenance.

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  • Permanent or Temporary Staff Positions

    Visiting the Island Refuges

    Each year, the refuge normally hires one to two seasonal fire techs.  A regional job announcement for fire techs throughout the upper Midwest usually comes out each year in mid-October to November on Another job announced annually has been for the Youth Conservation Corps leader.  An upper Midwest regional job announcement for is normally posted in February.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014
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